November 15, 2003
By Avi Green
Writer: Ian Edington
Penciler: Greg Land
Sojourn is another of
CrossGenís best adventure titles that Iíve become absorbed in, and
was glad to come across as well. And best of all, the issue I now
review only cost a buck US-wise! (In Israel, thatís the equivalent
of close to 5 shekels.)
But thatís not really what the great thing is about this issue. What
is great is the story that unfolds in this book overall.
The setting is upon the planet Quin, a planet in the far future
solar system of CGís world, this one populated by many different
races and species, humans, trolls, Urnethi and many others. Set
three centuries after a warlord in the making named Mordath, a human
who led the many troll armies who set out to conquer the planet, was
killed by the noble archer Ayden, but has now been resurrected, and
is mainly powered by a Sigil, seen on this world, in contrast to the
other worlds in the CG universe, as a symbol of evil, with which he
gets some, if not all, of his power. You could probably say that he
was like a character who converted to Islam, and then took to
conquering. And it is the heroine Arwynís quest to find the pieces
of the arrow by which he was originally slain, put them together
again, and use that as a weapon against him, aided by another
veteran fighter named Gareth and her dog, Kreeg.
Right now, sheís been taken prisoner by one of Mordathís loyalists,
Bohr, a troll warrior, and his platoon of soldiers, one of whom is a
human collaborator who thinks that theyíve treated him better than
the humans on the planet have, and is now in league with them.
Bohr argues that they werenít always simply a movement of evil, the
troll race, and that they were once a proud nation that the human
race later made life difficult for by invading their lands and
exploiting their lumber potential. They later went to war against
the human civilization, and then, who should become their means of
salvation when theyíre facing an uphill battle, but Mordath, a human
whose wife and son were slain by fellow humans. Itís the exact
opposite of how Arwyn is a woman whose husband and daughter were
slain by the troll armies. And Mordath organized them into battle,
effectively waging a war of conquest against the rest of the planet,
until the day when he was slain by the legendary archer Ayden, but
now, of course, heís been resurrected and has succeeded in
conquering the planet once again.
But, as the group of troll warriors is traveling with their prisoner
through a ravine that looks in some ways like a castle built into
the side of a mountain in the Jordan area of the middle east, they
are attacked by a whole nest of reptilian creatures called
razormouths, and seeing how they fell more than a few there with
devastating force, they certainly do seem to have some really sharp
Arwyn tries to convince Bohr to untie her arms, since, being an
expert archer that she is, she could help in stopping them, but he
refuses, thinking that sheíd only try to turn the tables on him, and
charges in to fight them himself. But Arwyn manages to cut her arms
loose with a fallen sword from one of the troll soldiers, and
retrieving her bow and arrows, shoots dead the remaining lizards
with flaming arrows. And as for the human traitor, heís turned into
lizard food while trying to escape from the chaos. Thatís what comes
from his collaborating and selling his soul for nothing but
Arwyn certainly could put Bohr to death without too many problems,
now that she and he are the only ones still standing at the end of
this battle with razormouths, but, Bohr, as we see, is an honorable
villain, and Arwyn has no desire to have to use any deadly force
herself either. As Bohr tells her, while heíll still try to stop her
in her quest to stop Mordath, sheís earned her freedom for now, and
they both go their separate ways.
It shows how, at least in books like these, both the goodies and the
baddies can be honorable towards each other, in contrast with
reality, where they simply arenít. And itís very well done, a good
way for Ian Edington to show that Arwyn isnít just bent on simple
revenge, and that Bohr, as her archenemy, is more honorable than he
Overall, this is a splendid start for Edington as the writer on the
book, replacing Ron Marz, and he goes in quite well with the artist
Greg Land, whose artwork is of the kind that looks almost real.
Iím going to really look forward to reading this in the near future,
and am glad that itís not among the titles being cancelled due to
CGEís trying to steer away from their Sigil-based universe theme.
Arwyn is a woman with some real dimension and beauty, and who makes
a great lead for this book, and Gareth, her traveling partner, is a
well-written character too.
I highly recommend Sojourn,
as one of the best books out of CrossGen today.
Copyright 2003 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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