Amala's Blade #2

Amala's Blade #2

Writer: Steve Horton Artist: Michael Dialynas Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: May 29, 2013 Critic Reviews: 10
8.6Critic Rating
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Master assassin Amala targets the royal figurehead of the low-tech Purifiers. Standing in Amala’s way? Twin blademasters. Annoying ghosts. Hallucinogenic poison. And a secret from Amala’s past too unhinged to be believed . . . even by Amala!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 29, 2013

    We might have missed a review for the first issue, but I’m glad that I was able to tackle this issue at least. This is quite the gem and it only sinks its hooks into you more and more with each issue. Now it’s back to waiting for the next issue in what’s shaping up to be one of the best mini-series of 2013. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Jeremy Whitley May 19, 2013

    That's the thing with Amala's Blade. There are so many good books out there that are good for what they are. Books that you wouldn't want to see others attempt to ape. Amala's Blade, however, is a striking example of what more comics need to read like, what more comics need to look like, and what more comics need to be like. It effortlessly gets things right that entire companies try to justify their failures at. When they're not too busy planning thier next twenty part crossover, some people need to stop talking about what comics can't do and read Amala's Blade. Because it proves them wrong. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 29, 2013

    And I haven't even talked about the art yet! Dialynas' style is unique and interesting, detailed but also cartoony and I love it. Here is a good example where an artist's ability to also do color shows. An artist's work can sometimes be overshadowed or improved due to the right inker or colorist being attached. Dialynas does it all though and it shows. Everything fits and looks exceptional. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 30, 2013

    All in all, Amala's Blade #2 was a satisfying followup to the first issue that offered up a little more character development. I'd recommend it to fans of Jeremy Whitley's Princeless or Game of Thrones. The series would make a great ongoing story; each aspect could be expanded upon in future issues or story arcs (who are the Modifiers/Purifiers, what is the history of this world, etc.) Though Horton must condense Amala's Blade into four issues, leaving out some details and backstory, it's a fun read nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - ShadowJayd May 31, 2013

    The last few pages are probably the most intense in terms of dramatically paced action scenes, narrative progression, and reader speculation regarding Lady Strawbales true identity. With only two more issues left, its hard to see where Horton is going to take the series, especially considering the fact that Amalas target is the answer to bringing peace to Naamaron. So much seems to be going on, and there are still many questions that remain unanswered, but if the first two installments are any indication, the last two will surely deliver. Heres hoping both Horton and Dialynas have more in store for Amala beyond this Dark Horse mini. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 2, 2013

    Horton is laying enough groundwork for an entire ongoing series here, but readers are lucky to get all the Amala they can handle in this concentrated fun-sized series. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White May 31, 2013

    There's so much to love about this series so far, from its effortless world-building to its concise storytelling and confident art. And if the last page of this issue was any indication, there's a good deal of surprises to look forward to as this series moves swiftly to its end. “Amala's Blade” is one gorgeous and entertaining series, and fast looking to be the best high fantasy on the shelves this year. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal May 30, 2013

    This mini-series slows a bit but still packs a punch. The pace of the story wasn't quite as frantic this time and I thought the actions scenes by Michael Dialynas lost some of their clarity and vibrancy as well, with too many darkened colors and characters placed too close together, unnecessarily obscuring the violence. The overall plot, however, moves forward nicely. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Ashley Olien Jun 4, 2013

    The art seemed to drop off a little bit in this issue, too. I'm not sure why, butit didn't seem to catch my eye as much as it did in the last issue. It wasn't a big difference. The art still did a good job of telling the story and I enjoy Dialynasdistinct style. Overall, this story wasn't bad, but it was a bit of a let down after the last issue. I recommend picking it up if you've liked the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Matt A May 29, 2013

    Overall, Amala's Blade is entertaining but sort of hollow. This issue, unlike the first, seemed a little rushed and uninspired. We learn very little about Amala. That being said, I think this series has a lot of potential. I'm interested to see what the repercussions will be if/when Amala is able to carry out her mission to assassinate Lady Strawbale. There is enough here to keep me reading this title for at least a few more issues. Read Full Review

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