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INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Sevara – The Graphic Novel

By Jeff Ayers

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Sevara - The Graphic Novel

Creator/Writer: Damien Wampler

Artists: Andre Siregar and Anang Setawan

$12.00

Broken Icon Comics

After talking with Damien at the recent Baltimore Comic Convention (you can read the interview here), I was eager to get into Sevara, his story about a goddess with mysterious powers, set in a blended sci-fi and fantasy-type world.

The story takes place on Earth, yet far in the future. Sevara wasn’t always a goddess, and as the story unfolds in the beautiful trade paperback from Broken Icon Comics, we see that she was just a mere mortal who was trying to find her way in the world. She was an orphan at a strange orphanage that keeps children until they “age out”, and then they can leave and make their way. Severa seemed different from the beginning, as the caregivers gave her some extra attention. Once she left though, as the prologue of the book depicts, her life didn’t last long and she was basically killed. Yet, Alta, a goddess of this future Earth, was there to save Sevara and give her new life, along with immortality and strange super powers.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Sevara - The Graphic Novel

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As the story progresses, the timeline jumps forward and backwards, revealing just what has happened to humanity, and what Sevara has done to save it. She was tasked, along with Alta, to vanquish fear and hate from the world, and after some incredible looking battles, they finally did it. The art of this book from Siregar and Setawan is very stylish, and is reminiscent of the early 90’s art that was permeating the Marvel and DC comics at that time. The action sequences especially are fun to see and read, especially because the powers of these immortals seems to be almost limitless in their potential and scope.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Sevara - The Graphic Novel

After the world is saved though, the immortals must forget all their memories, and go into a long sleep to reawaken and live one final lifetime. They all comply except for Sevara, and she awakens to find that hate and fear have come back into the world in their absence. Throughout the story, it seems that because she held onto her memories she has directly, or indirectly, affected the evolution of humanity on Earth, and maybe has brought its downfall once again. But she won’t stand by and let the evil Mitan, who is worshiped as a new god, take control. Sevara will all the powers at her disposal to once again save the Earth, and everyone on it.

INDIE COMIC REVIEW: Sevara - The Graphic Novel

The “Best There Is”: This trade is a plethora of information, and the writing is definitely solid. The art stands out as slick and beautiful, accenting the story in stunning new ways. The fantasy aspect of the tale is also pretty spot on, with the magical elements explained just enough for them to be exciting, yet still mysterious. Also, I really like the way that the immoral, god like characters can actually be harmed, and technically die, only to be reborn. Instead of going with the tired trope of invincible warriors, Wampler uses some fresh ideas to breathe life into this fantastical tale with a strong female character at its center. Also, the bonus material within this trade is vital to the story, giving the reader a much needed timeline of events and also insight into the creation of this series.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: I loved the entire story that was laid out within this graphic novel, yet I found the exposition lacking. The time jumps, from the past to the future to the farther past were slightly confusing at times, and I wished for just a little hand holding by the overall story outline. Also, as with a lot of fantasy stories, there are a ton of characters introduced throughout, and it was a little daunting keeping track of who is who, and what they mean to the story. Honestly, on the whole it wasn’t too terrible to understand, I just wanted a little more back story involving the goddess creatures themselves, as well as the whole slave/aristocracy seen in the middle of the book. But, we are all in luck, because Wampler has penned an origin story of sorts, in novel form, that can be purchased from Amazon called Sevara:Dawn of HopeI am sure many of the answers I so wished to have in this graphic novel will be revealed within that novel.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. I really liked the fantastical story that was presented throughout this first trade, as well as all of the stunning art. As with a lot of fantasy stories, this one could get slightly confusing at times with flashbacks and forwards, as well as a healthy number of characters presented.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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