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Magical Rose

A young girl must become the Guardian the world needs

Rose is a new series fantasy series that embraces the classic archetypes with gusto. There are magical kingdoms, evil sorcerers, and a young hero embracing her destiny.

Rose #1 (Variant Cover)
Rose #1 (Variant Cover)

The story is set in a world that for years was protected a group of warriors known as Guardians. These brave soldiers defended the land with animal companions called Khats. The Guardians were eventually defeated by an evil sorceress named Drucilla, who destroyed most of the land and outlawed magic.

Restoring Balance

Rose #1 begins ten years later. A young girl named Rose possesses the magic powers of a Guardian. Fearing for her daughter’s safety, Rose’s mother makes the girl promise not to use her powers. Rose is forced to flee her village and head into the woods when tragedy strikes. And that’s where she meets up with the leadership of the resistance against the evil queen.

This first issue definitely feels like the beginning of a fairy tale saga. Like any good first issue it’s laying the groundwork for the series. Writer Meredith Finch is obviously inspired by a lot of classic fantasy stories. But she clearly wants to put her own spin on it without alienating readers looking for a traditional tale of a magical realm.

The art does a lot to create an otherworldly vibe. Artist Ig Guara offers up a number of striking and unique character designs. The characters and the world around them shift between beautiful and grotesque. It leads to a sense of both wonder and dread that’s perfect for this story. Drawing the reader ever further into a world with exciting magic and creepy horror.

Rose is definitely a book for fantasy fans. However, it’s also a story constructed out of such classic and archetypical building blocks that anyone can pick it up and get engrossed.

SEE IF ROSE CAN DEFEAT THE DARKNESS AND PRE-ORDER ROSE #2

Rose #1, Image Comics, Release Date April 12, 2017, Written by Meredith Finch, Art by Ig Guara, $3.99

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Written by John Campbell

John has been in love with comics since he was first given an issue of "Swamp Thing" at way too young an age. He can be heard every week on the podcast "Panel on Panels" discussing all things comics and comics related. He is also a filmmaker and actor who can be seen performing in shows around the Portland area.