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Elric: The Balance Lost #1 – Review

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What happens when you take three creations of living prolific fantasy writer Michael Moorcock and force them to work together to save the multiverse? You get Elric: The Balance Lost, that’s what.

Writer Chris Roberson and Artist Francesco Biagini take on a difficult challenge: thoroughly introducing not one, not two, but four main characters, each with its own unique universe. We’ve got the titular anti-hero Elric of Melniboné (the original albinistic White Wolf, sorry Geralt of Rivia), the righteous Dorian Hawkmoon, the tragic ‘Prince in the Scarlet Robe’ Corum Jhaelen Irsei, and game developer Eric Beck, who sees all these characters in frighteningly real dreams. For the most part, the duo succeeds, as long as you make sure to take your time and savor every page. I made this mistake on the first readthrough, resulting in extreme confusion as we jumped from character to character.

Elric: The Balance Lost #1 is an incredibly satisfying introduction to what looks like a very complex story. Let’s just hope the story takes its time in telling that story.

STORY: 70%
ART: 80%
OVERALL: 75%

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