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  • Published: Berkeley, Calif. Image Comics, 2008.
  • Year Published: 2008
  • Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Graphic Novel

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  • 9781582408798
  • 1582408793

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The sword. Volume 1, Fire

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Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Sword

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"Originally published in single magazine form as The sword #1-6"--T.p. verso.

"It was a day like any other for Dara Brighton, a promising young college student, until three powerful strangers knocked on her door, looking for a mysteriously powerful sword. During their search, they brutally murdered her family and destroyed her life. But Dara's journey has just begun"--P. [4] of cover.

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Not good. And yet I'm looking forward to finishing the series.

Dara's life is turned upside down one evening when three strangers interrupt her family's dinner. They refer to her father by the wrong name and repeatedly demand a sword from him while magically slaughtering the family one by one. Left to die, Dara stumbles on the sword accidentally and becomes incredibly powerful. Now she has to hunt down her family's killers while avoiding capture by a shadowy government agency.

The Sword isn't very good. The art looks amateurish and the characters are stupid. No one seems to question whether a blurry video clip of Dara jumping over a building is actually a girl jumping over a building. Thugs have no issue with slaughtering funeral-goers in public just to capture what they think is a regular girl in exchange for a few keys of meth. Dara adjusts instantly to her transformation from paraplegic to Supergirl. The artists keep digitally blurring the backgrounds of panels to indicate distance; it looks cheap.

And yet something about it appealed to me...I went directly from "Huh, that kind of sucked" to "I wonder how quickly the library can have volume 2 for me." Maybe I'm just that big a sucker for a revenge story.

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