Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Andrei Bressan
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Review by PeteR
The theme of Birthright #24 is the emotional consequences of abandonment. The adult Mikey returns to Earth and a very pregnant Rya. Wendy is reunited with her son, Brennan and her husband Aaron. Both Rya and Wendy voice their anger to their partners at being left in the lurch. There is also the problem of Mikey’s loyalty to the cause. Is he going to continue his war against Lore or was what Lore revealed to him a game changer? What lines are Mikey willing to cross to complete his mission?
Birthright feels like a hodgepodge of concepts we have seen before. A child, Mikey is taken to an alternate dimension or reality, in this case Terrenos. He grows up there and is exposed to all sorts of violence and/or magic. The adult version then returns to he or she’s original reality in a time period not too distant than when they left. Think of X-Men’s Illyana Rasputin who is dragged into Limbo by Belasco at the age of around six. After spending her formative years being tortured in Limbo, she returns to Earth with magical powers and goes by the incredibly original name Magik. Birthright has a bit of that vibe.
Joshua Williamson (The Flash, Voodoo, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad) does a good job with the story’s pacing. The events of the entire issue of Birthright #24 would take probably around twenty minutes to play themselves out. Williamson sustains the intensity throughout. I also appreciated his portrayal of Mikey being torn by events he can’t control while desperately trying to do the right thing. Unfortunately he learns you can’t please everybody.
Brazilian artist Andrei Bressan (Green Lantern: New Guardians & Sword of Sorcery) conveys the action and emotion of Birthright #24 quite well. I particularly liked the first six panels of page 9 where Mikey and Rya are having a heartfelt conversation while in the background mages Kylan and Mastema are having a pitched battle. He also draws intestines really well. (Seriously, try drawing a convincing set of intestines. They’re a mess.)
The thing that impressed me the most about Birthright #24 was the coloring. Adriano Lucas (Detective Comics, Red Sonja, Thief of Thieves) balances the heat of the battle with the coolness of the night outside. By the end of the issue, he successfully merges both pallets for the final scene.
The lettering is done by font and logo designer Pat Brosseau (Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Legionnaires). He does an adequate job with Birthright #24. There are no awe inspiring moments of calligraphy to make the reader pause but he is able to move the dialogue along without being distracting.
Why you should buy this book? If you are a sword and sorcery fan this is a good book for you. For regular readers of the series, Birthright #24 is an exciting chapter with some weighty events. For those who are new to the series there is enough in it to hopefully motivate you to buy the back issues or trade paperbacks to fill in the blanks and catch up with the entire adventure.