I sat on this issue for far too long and that’s a damn shame because I should have been sharing it with you all sooner. The story opens with our title character Quixote stealing books from a little old lady. He bumps into a dude hanging flyers, but that pushes the man into the lady. The man suddenly looks like a hero as the books are returned and a reward is dished out. The man doesn’t look comfortable taking the money, but the woman is so happy to have her merchandise back that she insists.
When she’s gone it’s a different story all together as the “hero” tells our title character that he can come out. We discover that our “hero” is named Sam and he actually works with Quixote. He’s not happy with Quixote as he hates lying and stealing like that, but Quixote busts out some decently sound logic on him. Quixote has kept a book about giants, which is an obsession of his.
The story then introduces us to the antagonist which is another man obsessed with giants… lord Argus. He has been cross referencing texts that reveal a stone that will awaken the vessels; whatever those are the story doesn’t go into it at the moment. His is a quest for power and to do so he will find any and all Lemurians until the stone is his.
Back with Quixote and Sam we learn that he’s a Lemurian and we also are more inclined to notice the stone hanging around his neck. Quixote explains his obsession with giants; as the stories go Lemurian were the only ones that could stop the giants, but now there are no giants and nearly all of the Lemurian are gone as well making Quixote wonder what his purpose is.
The parallel’s to Don Quixote come in the form of Sam and Quixote’s journey as quest takers and whether the giants are real or not. I could be wrong, but I think this story is pulling small little references and making a world that was actually very cool and interesting. I love fantasy worlds like this that have a rich history, they have technology, but it’s like they skipped the industrial era and so there’s this old world/new world vibe to it. Writer Deron Bennett does a wonderful job of world creating with this issue.
The dialogue is quick and sharp. There’s never a wasted word, but the interactions between characters are enjoyable. Bennett quickly crafts a personality for our main characters and the supporting characters as well. Lord Argus comes off as a power-hungry ruler and while that’s pretty easy to do, it was his childlike enthusiasm for finding the stone in the text that made him a character.
The art is the right fit for a fantasy story. Dan Mora nails the character design, but it’s his settings that make the world feel real and come to life. The story looks magical which I think is pretty important with how the story comes off. Paul Little’s coloring is equally impressive and fits Mora’s style. The shadowing isn’t dominating and over all the books is bright and inviting.
I really liked this issue. It had my attention from the first page and never lost it. The creative team seems to be working on a lot at the moment, but hopefully they’ll all be back to continue the story of Quixote because I’m invested in finding out more about this world and the characters.
Writer: Deron Bennett Artist: Dan Mora Colorist: Paul Little Price: $5.00 - Print/$1.99 - Digital Website