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Sojourn, Volume 1: From the Ashes (Sojourn issues #0-6)

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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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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
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
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 cliche
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
Mar 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
There's generic fantasy, and then there's Sojourn: From the Ashes, which is so aggressively generic and bland that it can only be the result of a corporate decree and written by an out of touch committee. The names (elven exotic), plot (generic chosen one to fight generic evil), the character design (buxom blonde in tight clothes). There was no muse or passion behind this.

It is possibly the worst book I've read this year.
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
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The first volume of Sojourn collects the prequel double issue and issues #1-6.
The story is very simple, without any real twists or turns, and is by no way original, it is basically just another fantasy story.
The art and the coloring are what shines in this collection, especially great are the flashback sepia panels.
All in all, this is a quick and light read with great looking art.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics
While I'll probably read the other two compilations I have in my possession, I wouldn't actually purchase the series based on this first one. The story is derivative of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the writing is somewhat clunky, and while the art is quite good, the characters are definitely more in the Boris Vallejo realm than suits my taste.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Fantasy with all its cliches (magic, mysterious women characters talking mysteriously, goblins) ain't my first choice of reading material. But I quite enjoyed this one. Fast, action packed, slick art and a dog. Nice.
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The other Crossgen comic I really enjoyed. Fantasy isn't don much in comics, and this was a great attempt. The art by Greg Land is stunning. I know Land has become something of s punchline for his recent work, but at this stage in his career, he work was remarkable.
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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