Thomas Moudry takes a look at a couple action titles this week, including a promising, original tale about elite martial artists defending the peace in a feudal Chinese world.
The Imperials Dragons are an elite force of martial artists with an intriguing mission in a feudal Chinese world: they must keep the peace as three rival emperors spy on one another’s kingdoms and hire clandestine operatives to engineer their rivals’ ultimate destruction.
Sadly, nothing can remain uncorrupted, and the Dragons have selfish mercenaries in their midst — those who allow themselves to be employed by all three kingdoms simultaneously and seek to feather their own nests.
Can the Dragons create a harmonious world, or will they continue to use the jealous emperors to their own insidious ends?
No doubt about it, this series shows promise from the get-go.
This black and white title from Vexed Comics tells of Charles “X-Con” Dixon’s prison break, which is interesting, considering that he tears through his cell’s iron bars, catches a stun grenade and allows it to explode in his fist, dodges bullets with incredible speed and agility, throws a brick through a guard’s head, leaps over the exterior wall, and runs to freedom.
There’s very little in the way of exposition; readers pretty much join Dixon’s story in medias res, but the next issue blurb in the first issue promises more action and an unbelievable manhunt.
Thomas Moudry is a long-standing writer for ComicBase. His work has appeared in Larry Elmore’s Women of the Woods, Stephanie Law's Such Is the Way of the Faeries, as well as the Teacher's Discovery's Of Mice and Men Navigational Novel Guide. That said, he's also a happily married English teacher who leads a fairly quiet life in a small town, publishes some freelance projects here and there, and generally enjoys his existence. For the inquiring, Thomas can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “ComicBase” as the subject line.