Dawn: The Swordmaster's Daughter #1
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Dawn: The Swordmaster's Daughter #1

Writer: Joseph Michael Linsner Artist: Joseph Michael Linsner Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 10, 2013 Critic Reviews: 3
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In his first new Dawn comic in three years, JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER brings to life three classic tales as only Dawn can. "THE SWORDMASTER'S DAUGHTER" shows a young Dawn inspiring Darrian to become a master swordsman. In "SAMSARA," Dawn learns that Death is never late for an appointment. And in "THE WHITE PHOENIX," Dawn shows Darrian if it is right to fight false friends by sharing with him a page from The Bhagavad Gita.

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Jul 15, 2013

    After a brief absence from comics, Dawn and Darrian find a strong return in "Dawn the Swordmaster's Daughter and Other Stories." Linsner lays solid groundwork in this issue for Dawn's upcoming book, released next year. This issue in particular doesn't immediately appeal to new readers, as the stories forge ahead without explaining much about the universe. Fans of the characters, however, will be delighted with these inventive retellings. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Ed Allen Jul 11, 2013

    At this point I'm not sure whether or not I am a fan of Linsner's Dawn but it would be foolish of me to deny the skill at work in this comic. His ability to speak to readers with such immediacy through his art is the aspect of this one-shot that's most likely to draw in new fans and I expect long-term followers of his work will be delighted to see this title back on the shelves of their local store. Linsner is a genuine storyteller, and I'd happily recommend The Swordmaster's Daughter, a comic which has found a happy middle ground between the babes and brawls side of fantasy comics and the more thoughtful side of the spectrum, to anyone who's interested in trying a new fantasy genre piece this week. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Front Towards Gamer - PNeafsey Jul 15, 2013

    The third story isn't really a story either, it's just Dawn and Darrian sitting around on a gradient color pallet (not the first story to feature missing backgrounds I might add) talking about armies and Lucifer and how Darrian was betrayed as a king and how he wants to show mercy and how he should kill everyone who disagrees with him (I'm assuming that in the future Console Wars were taken to a horrible extreme) and Dawn just telling him that we're all born to die. There really is no plot to this story just Dawn giving Darrian a murder pep talk, no arc or narrative to be found. At the end of the day this comic is just bad, the artwork cuts corners, the stories feel cheap and incomplete, nothing is explained or grounded for new readers, and nothing was revealed or accomplished for old readers. I can't recommend this book, even if you're a Dawn fan. Read Full Review

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