Dust: Path of the Ancient #1 from Stranger Comics -
“Within every heart sleeps the animal.
The One awakened will be lord of all.”
– Galemren Proverb
Another time, another place, another world: Asunda. Here, the Galemren, wild elves, the offspring of the Powisienne, the Shepherd God and Su, the Firstborn Fey Child of Esu, live free and wild as god-born warriors should. Twenty years ago, a Galemren chieftain found a human child clutched in his dead mothers arms. The way of the wild and the will of Powisienne would dictate the child's fate...But as he turned to leave, the chieftain received a sign from the gods. The sign thus given, the chieftain raised him as a Galemren. But the child lacked the speed, strength, power and grace of the wild elves; but what the man-child did not lack was the purity of the warrior spirit. Not wholly accepted by his Galemren brethren, and having no connection to the human world, the child, now man, Dusu, seeks his destiny. He has been chosen to walk the Path...The Path of the Ancient.
Words cannot communicate the wondrousness of this book. This is absolutely perfect worldbuilding, precise of art and prose, in the same vein as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, or Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian. With stunning, highly saturated artwork page after page, and a story more enthralling and original that I have read in many moons, this book held me entranced until the final page. I was hypnotized by the mythology, and seduced by the drum-like rhythm of the prose.
RATING: 10 out of 10. Dusu is on the path...To my pull list.