Sadly, there are probably only a few hundred copies of this series in existence.
Empires is the collected run of a story that appeared in the first 40...moreSadly, there are probably only a few hundred copies of this series in existence.
Empires is the collected run of a story that appeared in the first 40 issues of Yarf!: The Journal of Applied Anthopomorphics fanzine, and was part of the backbone that built it into a very high quality one. Each volume covers ten issues worth of installments.
Empires creator Chris Grant became famous for going through inkers, and there's at least three different ones in this volume alone. By far the best inks in this volume are Dan Flahive's, who went on to have his own series (Space Wolf) published by Antarctic Press.
The "Ace of Spades" is a main battle tank of the Central Empire, and it's story begins when it returns from a routine patrol to find that it's base (indeed, the rest of the unit) has been wiped out by a large scale surprise attack. The Ace of Spade's crew is now trapped behind enemy lines and must try to dodge enemy mop-up efforts while contacting other friendly forces.
Weaved into this is "Morrigan's Story", a parallel plot thread following the local commander of of the Irrykanoi Empire's forces, who is setting up administration in the just-conquered territory, and directing the mopping up forces that are hunting for the Ace of Spades. Her story focuses much more on the surrounding politics and society, as opposed to the much narrower character focus of the Ace of Spades.
In all, Chris Grant tells a well-done war story. The characters are the focus, and the cast is kept fairly small, but you are still given enough information, in the right places, to understand the immediate situation of the campaign it is happening in.(less)
Okay, I'm going to be up front here. I am horribly biased about this book. Smudge is my roommate, and has been a very good friend of mine for... yeesh...moreOkay, I'm going to be up front here. I am horribly biased about this book. Smudge is my roommate, and has been a very good friend of mine for... yeesh, that long now?
This is a collection of short stories that form a series that is published in the furry anthology Furrlough. It started as a one-off project, and you can see the transition from just a simple little story to the bigger story of the entire series in the nineteen stories herein. What starts as a little moral tale on romance expands into a wide-ranging tale of medieval rabbit politics with magical duels, plotting churchrats, and a conquering empire.
Sadly, there is a misprint that was detected too late where a page got duplicated over another page. If you get a hold of this book in a bookstore, please contact Backbreaker.com, and we'll be glad to get you a replacement page. Lastly, there is a wonderful introduction provided by Batton Lash of Supernatural Law.(less)