Published by: Archaia Comics
Created by: Trevor Roth
Written by: Phil Hester
Art by: David Marquez
Colored by: Digikore
Lettered by: Troy Peteri
Editor: Phil Morrissey
Executive Editors: Trevor Roth & Eugene Roddenberry
Cover: Alex Ross
This is the sequal to the critically acclaimed first mini-series, Days Missing. For a brief description of what the mini-series was about, you can visit Archaia’s webpage at the following link.
I wish I had read the first mini-series. I really enjoyed this book and want to read the first and see how much more the story opens up with that prior knowledge. Reading the first mini-series is not required though. There isn’t a text page to bring new readers up to speed, but it’s not required.
The opening sequance does a decent enough job of explaining the premise of the story.
The way it’s writing, having an unseen narrator describe the feelings of the Steward as he discovers that his work has been undone, is an interesting way to do it. It works on a couple of levels. First, it keeps the Steward mysterious and an unknown quantity. We don’t know his thoughts. Second, it gives the story a nice twist. The Steward is the unseen watcher over humanity, and now he’s being watched by someone unseen.
The story is about the Steward stopping another immortal, named Kestus, from taking her horde and destroying a village. Why is this village important? We find out at the end, and it’s a neat little twist. We see the Steward manipulate events to get the end result that he wants.
So that opens the question. Whose agenda is the Steward following? Are the choices he’s making for the good of humanity or what he thinks is the good of humanity? Big distinction there and I look forward to finding out more about the Stewart, Kestus and just how deep the Steward’s maniuplations of humanity have gone.
Hester’s script is sparse, with the Steward saying very little, but what he says is very important. He handles the goddess Kestus very well. She behaves as you’d expect someone that has been in her position to do. Even at the end, her reaction feels natural. She reacts how you would expect after being confronted with someone similar to her after so long being alone.
David Marquez’s art is awesome. I first saw his work on Archaia’s Syndrome and it impressed me then. He reminds me of Gary Frank. In Syndrom he didn’t get to depict much action, but in this story he does.
His strength is in his females, they are beautiful. But he can also show expressions extremely well. The last shot of Kestus is especially well as you can see the longing in her eyes. His characters are well proportioned, move in the way you’d expect the human body to move, and are detailed.
As is his backgrounds. His work is very detailed.
The panels are laid out nice and flow smoothly, no jarring jumps in the action. I hope Archaia’s got him locked up good and tight because it’s only a matter of time before Marvel or DC come knocking on his door.
Days Missing: Kestus #1 receives
4.5 out of 5
Extremely good looking book with a very interesting story.
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