Review: Eye Of Newt #1
As a young apprentice wizard embarks on a perilous quest, he encounters marvelous creatures of all shapes and sizes, and learns a dark secret that could shape his entire destiny!
A new fantasy series kicks off this week from Dark Horse called Eye Of Newt. The story is written, scripted, covered, and drawn by Michael Hague with Nate Piekos of Blambot providing lettering. There are a lot of fantasy series out there, so is Eye Of Newt worth adding to your shopping list?
A wizard’s young apprentice, Newt, is about to undergo an incredibly dangerous trial. His master is trying to prepare him for a trial that will see Newt traveling to the Netherworld in search of an element for his staff’s headpiece. The more powerful the headpiece, the more powerful the staff and in turn the wizard. Newt’s master wants to see him return with the most powerful headpiece or not return at all. As he prepares his young ward for the incredible trial, dark forces are already at work to muck things up. Newt is told he will have to make hard choices during his test, but just how dark will this young and idealistic daydreamer have to get if he hopes to survive? Is there any other way around it?
Hague writes a fast-paced story that is stuffed to the gills with hard-hitting fantasy elements and plot. There is a lot going on in this issue and any one of the events that unfolds could be fleshed out to make an entire issue. With four issues to play with, Hague is trying to pack a lot in to the introductory outing. It all fits together rather seamlessly for the most part, so you can’t deduct points for that. Fantasy stories do have some crossover no matter what they’re about, but Hague does a good job of adding enough new and fresh material to make Eye Of Newt Stand out. The artwork is stunning as well. Hague is known for illustrating The Wind In The Willows, The Wizard Of Oz, and The Hobbit, and he uses that unique style brilliantly for a world full of wizards, weird/fantastical settings, and big dragons. Newt really manages to stand out as well. He’s young, bright, and idealistic. He likes daydreaming much more than getting ready for his trial, and Hague relays that innocence well.
Bottom Line: Eye Of Newt is off to a brilliant start. Breathtaking illustrations and an intriguing story makes this one fans of high fantasy stories like The Hobbit or The Wheel Of Time should definitely seek out. 4/5
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