Sword of Sorcery #0

Sword of Sorcery #0

Writer: Christy Marx Artist: Aaron Lopresti Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 19, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14
7.4Critic Rating
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In this new series featuring the long-awaited return of AMETHYST, Amy Winston leads a strange life on the road with her mother. Shes about to learn why its all been necessary when she discovers shes the lost princess of Gemworld and has powerful enemies hunting her! AMETHYST is written by Christy Marx, best known for her work on animated TV series including G.I. Joe, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more, as well as the comics series Sisterhood of Steel. And in the backup story set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the monstrous warrior BEOWULF is charged with finding and defeating the evil Grendel.

  • 9.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 23, 2012

    Sword of Sorcery shows promise. Amy's story could be exceptional, but there's also the potential of going a bit overboard too. I'll be giving this series my regular four issue trial run before deciding to nix it or keep it. But no doubt, this was a good start! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith Sep 20, 2012

    Sword of Sorcery definitely infuses The New 52 with several things its been light on to date younger female characters, fantasy style storytelling and alternative futures, among others. Im looking forward to the next installment already. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 21, 2012

    Though not completely sold on the originality of either feature in this title, both have plenty of strengths working for them that I can imagine a fairly devoted following beyond the cult. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Sep 21, 2012

    Similarly, I was originally put off by the prospect of the "Beowulf" back-up story. Why, for goodness sake, do we need another Beowulf story? Hasn't this tale been done to death already in every medium imaginable? Again, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Tony Bedard's first chapter of this epic. And really, all that interest comes from the fact that Beowulf apparently exists in an advanced cryogenics chamber within an abandoned laboratory, while the world outside is seemingly dated somewhere in the Dark Ages. It's utterly fascinating. Seriously. All the Beowulf/Grendel stuff aside for now, the dichotomy of technology in a pre-pre-pre-industrial civilization is just so cool, I'm going to keep buying Sword of Sorcery if only for this back-up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 19, 2012

    Like last week's "Team 7" #0, it's turning out to be the new titles that are the issue #0s worth your attention from DC Comics. "Sword of Sorcery" #0 might have a slightly inelegant name, but it's got two good first chapters inside its covers. If all fantasy comics were as good as "Sword of Sorcery" we'd have a more diverse industry today. I'm definitely going to stick around. I bet you will, too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Jason Bowles Sep 20, 2012

    This book is worth it for the art alone. Storywise, it's less than perfect. Oh don't get me wrong, I definitely enjoyed both features, but I have read better. But even so, I definitely recommend this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Syndicate - GI Jolie Oct 1, 2012

    I hate to admit it, but had I not been a fan of Amethyst prior to reading this reboot, I would not have picked up this issue based on the cover. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Josh Middletons anime-esque facial rendition of the character, the interior art is almost hidden by the representation Im faced with at first glance. Im the kind of reader that buys books based on artists, and had I not taken a second look and noticed Loprestis credit, I would have missed this *ehem* gem entirely. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 24, 2012

    If you know nothing about these characters, this isa solid opening for both tales, but I'd like to see the focus on Amethyst to save me a dollar. If you know something about either character, I don't think you're seeing anything you haven't seen before. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Sep 21, 2012

    If there are any major problems with “Sword of Sorcery”, they lie in the fact that these books really couldn't be more opposed to one another from a tonal standpoint. Yes, they're both fantasy tales, but that's where the similarities end. Amethyst is a bright comic full of humor and spectacle, while “Beowulf and Grendel” is a dark, snow-covered tale with some relatively mature content. These books would work wonderfully as separate 20-page issues, but go together like peanut butter and pizza. (Apologies to you weirdos that maybe like that sort of thing.) There's a lot to like in both of them, but for completely different reasons. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 26, 2012

    What I enjoyed most about this comic book, though, was the backup feature, "Beowulf." I thoroughly enjoy Jesus Saiz's artwork, and he brings a greater level of detail to bear here, as well as a slightly harsher edge that's in keeping with the main character's savage nature. Bedard's decision to mix science-fiction into the medieval epic of the literary classic struck me as being a particularly novel approach to the concept, and I also enjoyed the seemingly frail narrator's ability to adapt quickly to his circumstances intellectually to be enjoyable as well. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 22, 2012

    The real problem with the issue is in it's anthology nature, and I think that both books would probably had stronger delivery of their first story if they were the standard 20 pages for $2.99, rather than splitting 30 between them. Sword Of Sorcery #0 is likeable enough, but I'm afraid that it will appeal mostly to fans of one of the characters (and, to be honest, I think only Amethyst really has any fans to speak of), one of the creators or the fantasy genre in general, but wasn't a bad reading experience overall, earning 3 out of 5 stars overall. I have to reserve judgement on both stories right now, due to how slight these tales are in this package, but both stories have well-done art and at least a germ of potential... Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 23, 2012

    As dark as these titles are, I’d rather see them go even darker than settle into the predictable clichs that have thus far been the extent of the plot movement. The characters (save for the overloaded Beowulf) are blank slates that need to be filled in fast. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 19, 2012

    Aaron Lopresti's art looks solid throughout. He does not drop the ball anywhere, but also does not deliver anything worth writing home about. More variation could be used on characters' faces since almost all of the women look identical, but like I said, nothing too bad. If you want to see a genre refreshed with incredible style and art, go pick up Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino's I, Vampire. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Sep 24, 2012

    In my opinion I do not think this series is worth a 3.99 price tag. Not enough got accomplished to pay that much for this issue. This issue didn't remotely tempt me to get the next issue. So, I say don't pick this issue up! Read Full Review

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