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Reviews of 'The Legend of Huma #4'

The Legend of Huma #4

by Trampas Whiteman, Richard A. Knaak, Sean J. Jordan
Legend of Huma Adaptation, Volume 4


Reviews of 'The Legend of Huma #4'

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Reviewer: Cassandra Jacobs

Rating: Stars

The Cover

Penned by artist Rael Lyra, the cover features a very large red dragon as the central character, on a backdrop of a dark stormy sky. Like previous comics before it, the artwork has some amazing attention to detail. From the spikes on the back and shoulder blades of the dragon, to the horns and scales, to even the musculature shown in the wings, this is one big nasty red dragon.

For some reason though, I keep imagining a Groucho Marx mustache on the dragon's snout. Maybe it's his face.

Interior Art

Ok, what's the deal with three artists? Each one did a third of the comic in regards to drawing the panels. It's pretty obvious where one leaves off and the other begins. They do manage a decent job with blending the artwork together, but why split it up in the first place?

They are good artists though. I'll give them that.

The use of color is well done, especially noticeable in the metallic dragons. Throughout this entire series of comics, they've done a great job in portraying the dragons of light as their proper colors. One wouldn't look at a picture of a gold and think "Hey! A yellow dragon!" Attention to small details also enhances the enjoyment.

The Storyline

Here's where things start to fall apart.

I consider myself smarter than the average bear. I have a reading comprehension level that definitely matches my age and my IQ is much higher than my shoe size. So when I have a difficult time following the storyline, there's something amiss. In cases of trying to interpret a highly symbolic and subjective understory, I'll flounder with the best of them, but this is a comic for Huma's sake (punny punny). It's not complicated. It's based off a novel that I read and didn't have any problems comprehending.

Why then, do I feel that there's parts of the story missing? In one section I had to go back and re-read several times to try to figure out what I may have missed. And because I had just read the first three issues, I knew it wasn't something from the earlier story. No, I had to conclude that the story writers were suffering from a case of brain farts and thought choppiness was the in-thing.

Specific example to what I'm referring to. Page 5, the panels end with Huma deciding that sleep is "definitely in order". Page 7 follows with images from a dream. This is explained in the text, so while it might cause some disconcertion at first, the change in scenery is understandable and flows. Page 8 begins with Huma awakening from the dream... in the middle of an empty battlefield.

What?

Last time I looked, knights and their ilk don't bunker down in the middle of an empty field with nothing more than a minotaur as a cushion. How did the man go from camp to nowhereville? And why? This isn't explained at all.

And to top it off, the artist changes during the same scene of the empty field. You can tell because the dreadwolf goes from a white emaciated dog looking critter, to a red furred hulking beast.

The general storyline, when taken as a whole, stands up under mild scrutiny, but the discrepancies that do arise tend to really distract the reader and bring about feelings of frustration, neither of which are conducive to a comic book.

Overall Impression

Out of the four released comics, this one is definitely qualifying as the most unenjoyed. I wasn't very happy with it and felt annoyed and frustrated halfway through. Even the pretty pictures of the dragons and the war weren't enough to make up for the negatives. My only consolation is that this is part of a series and there are other comics that make up for this one.


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