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Sojourn: From the Ashes (Sojourn #1)

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Hundreds of years ago, the Five Lands joined together to end the tyranny of Mordath. Now a mysterious force has brought him back from the dead, this time with magic powers. With a troll army at his back, Mordath soon puts the Five Lands under his heel. He is the unchallenged master of the world. Only one woman has eluded his iron grip. And with that one woman rests the sol ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 28th 2003 by Cross Generation Comics (first published June 5th 2002)
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Wendell Adams
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Back in the day, there was a comic publisher that decided to take on the Big Two (DC and Marvel) by doing something different. Headed by the creative team of Barbara Kesel, Mark Waid and Ron Marz, CrossGen comics began publishing stories based not on superheroes but non-traditional comic fare, such as fantasy (Mystic), science fiction (Crux), Victorian detective (Ruse), and samurai action adventure (The Path). Not only that, but CrossGen became one of t
This is a Standard Generic Fantasy Adventure, using the common sorts of tropes. Think of it like Willow but with a buxom, willowy blonde instead of our plucky halfling hero. There's one mystery in there that's intriguing enough, but the rest of the "plot" is pretty shallow. The art is fun, but the two main characters, Arwen Arwyn, and Han Solo (I don't remember his name- eyepatch dude) are perfectly dressed and clean through their adventures. That kind of small detail is enough to keep the readi ...more
This book is what I was hoping Chosen--Graphic Novel: The Lost Books Series would be: a fantasy action-adventure story with lively heroes and intelligent dialogue. The graphic novel medium is ripe for this kind of quest tale, and it's good to see that someone is doing it well.

While the story is fairly standard, the characters are top-notch and the action is fluid. But the crowning jewel in this book is the art. The only words I can think of to praise the artwork sound like underwhelming cliches
The amount of people giving this a 3 is ridiculous. This deserves at least a 4. This is the by far the best fantasy comic I have ever read. Sojourn get so many things right that other "fantasy" books don't. The story is really good, and It gives the comic a chance to show off its world. No, not some copy and paste "lord of the rings" world, but a world that takes time to be carefully created. The characters are three dimensional, and not just some archetypes filling out some archetype roles that ...more
I may have missed the hey-day of CrossGen comics – that mid-90s independent comic book publisher that aimed to take a bite out of the big two, DC and Marvel, but bit it financially just a few short years ago – but I am enjoying going back and enjoying the runs of some of their most popular titles, conveniently available in handy trade paperbacks.

Sojourn does for the fantasy genre what Ruse does for the Victorian detective and El Cazador for the sea-faring days of piracy. Set in a mythical world
Reprints Sojourn Prequel and Sojourn #1-6 (July 2001-January 2002). Mordath has returned to life and taken over the Five Lands of Quin. In the wake of his war, a woman named Arwyn finds her home destroyed and family killed. Arwyn seeks vengeance with her dog Kreeg and an unlikely ally in a thief named Gareth. Unfortunately, Mordath is a Sigil-Bearer and channeling the power of the First. Arwyn’s only chance is a mysterious woman named Neven and finding the pieces of Mordath’s original killer Ayd ...more
Ingrid Hardy
I didn't much care for this book. The story is intriguing enough, but the characters don't interest me, and I hated (absolutely hated) the fact that even when the protagonist (can't remember her name) was grieving over her dead baby, she looked like she was having an orgasm. That is pretty much the way she always looked - like she was repeatedly drawn from a porn magazine.

It really turned me off trying very many graphic novels.
Modern comic books like this make me want to reread my whole Tintin collection, and all my Asterix's and even everything from the Vandersteen studio's. Nice graphical work though.
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Marz is well known for his work on Silver Surfer and Green Lantern, as well as the Marvel vs DC crossover and Batman/Aliens. He also worked on the CrossGen Comics series Scion, Mystic, Sojourn, and The Path. At Dark Horse Comics he created Samurai: Heaven and Earth and various Star Wars comics. He has also done work for Devil’s Due Publishing’s Aftermath line, namely Blade of Kumori. In 1995, he h ...more
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