*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a fun little graphic novel, and I enjoyed it!
First things first, the artwork was clear, detailed, in full color, and a pleasure to look at.
The characters were cute. The protagonist was a naive, adventurous necromancer/bard who was followed around by strangely cute half-decomposed dead animals and who occasionally brought people back to life-ish. The other main character was a sarcastic, violence-loving mercenary. They were an unlikely, oddly matched little duo (which was part of the fun) who rubbed off on each other a bit as the story went on. There was no romance hinted at, between them or with anyone else, but I don’t know what might happen in future volumes.
There was the occasional bit of humor that made me smile, but do be warned there was also some graphic violence.
According to the publisher, this is an LGBT+ comic, though I’m not sure what the specific rep is since nothing was indicated in this volume.
The story was a bit rushed and didn’t delve too deeply into characters or relationships or the world, but this was an enjoyable start to a fun high fantasy comic series with some great potential.
Anyone who likes high fantasy, graphic novels, necromancers, and unlikely friends.
Bethany is a minstrel with a heart full of adventure, a would-be hero determined to find a missing boy from the town of Llyne, and a friend to all woodland critters. But mostly the dead ones…because Bethany is also a necromancer. She’s out to prove her magic isn’t evil, and she’ll need the help of a hot-headed, sword-swinging mercenary named Elissar—that is, she’ll need the help of a friend.
Book Author: Andrea Fort, Michael Heron, Sam Beck
Publisher: Vault Comics
Series: Songs for the Dead
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, High Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series