Review by Gary L. Cole Jr.
This is Kandora’s first publication and I have been looking forward to it since I heard about the company. I’ve been hoping that they will be a replacement for the bankrupt Crossgen. With this issue, they did not disappoint.
The story begins in 1511 in Fondi Italy. Count Rudolfo has proclaimed that the pirate Barbarosa will never take his daughter Countess Julia from him. Meanwhile, the Countess would be quite happy if Barbarosa did come and take her away from this boring life.
To make sure she is safe, Rudolfo has placed an armed guard with her. Apparently he forgot to consider that his own soldiers might have thoughts of their own about escaping with his beautiful daughter. Unfortunately, he should've as the guard decides that she would be an interesting prize for himself and decides to take her for himself. Fortunately she has the skills to defeat the guard in a swordfight.
Barbarosa meanwhile has snuck into the Count’s castle and witnessed the entire fight and is impressed. Because of her great skills he decides not to press the issue of abducting her and plans to leave. However she lets him know that she will be accompanying him at sword point. They then make their way on horseback back to the sea.
Brian Augustyn has written a story that is sure to bring you back for the following issues if you can get past the $3.50 cover price. The artwork by H.S. Park is beautiful and reminds me of Crossgen so this issue has met and surpassed my expectations. I think everyone who enjoyed Crossgen will enjoy this issue. This was an excellent debut issue for Kandora so give it a try and you might be surprised.