Reyn #1: Dude, That Guy’s a Lizard
Reyn #1, from Image Comics, is an accessible, fun fantasy comic with a self-sufficient, awesome female character and some lizard men. That interest you? Read on!
WRITER: Kel Symons
ARTIST: Nate Stockman
COLORIST: Paul Little
LETTERER: Pat Brosseau
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2015
Reyn #1 is set in the Land of Fate, where the Great Cataclysm caused the disappearance of the “Wardens” – those who had once protected the Land of Fate. As a result, the Land of Fate has suffered through a thousand years of darkness and cold. Reyn, who seems to be the last Warden, has made it his (reluctant) mission to purge the land of the remaining evil. On his journey, he meets Seph, one of the “followers of Tek” – mystics with the ability to harness magic but have been branded by heretics. There’s also some lizard men along the way, who seem to be pretty angry at the resurgence of a Warden.
The cool thing about this issue is that we’ve met a lot of the main characters already – we know Seph and Reyn are our heroes, just as much as we know that creepy lizard dude is a villain. On the other hand, Reyn spends a lot of time seemingly talking to himself, bemoaning his role as a hero: “I just don’t know why I have to rescue every damsel who suddenly finds herself in distress.” Who’s he talking to? I like that we get a pretty decent amount of info (a little history, a little character background as well as character development), but we still have some things we don’t know – the briefest glance at the main villain makes me want to know what’s going to happen.
One of the drawbacks for me was the artwork by Nate Stockman. It felt a little too crowded and dark – thick lines and lots of characters packed into a single panel. Some of the facial expressions felt a little off to me as well. It’s definitely not bad by any means; there was just a lot going on, while at the same time not being overly detailed. The creature designs (spider monster and lizard men) were really cool though, and I definitely want to see what other creatures Stockman comes up with.
Reyn #1’s has a lot going for it – we know who the heroes are (even if they are reluctant) as well as we know that the lizard men are definitely the bad guys. It’s approachable, which is great for new readers but also for long-time readers. Not my favorite artwork ever, but those lizard men are pretty cool. Plus, Seph is awesome and my favorite character already. She’s certainly not a damsel in distress and doesn’t need any saving.