Sera and the Royal Stars #1

Writer: Jon Tsuei Artist: Audrey Mok Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: July 17, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 3
8.7Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

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Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops' need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars--now trapped on earth--and save her people from dearth and death.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Kate Snchez Jul 22, 2019

    Sera and the Royal Stars #1 is a beautiful opening to the start of a fantasy. Tsuei knows the genre extremely well and his dialogue feels authentic, especially between Sera and her family. The dialogue is also powerful in defining Sera as a character. It shows us, rather than telling us, where her moral compass lies in the early pages as she instructs her troops to allow the enemy forces to bury their dead. From Tsuei's writing to Mok's art and Angulo's colors to Campbell's perfect lettering, I am undeniably hooked. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    On Comics Ground - E.V. Jacob Jul 29, 2019

    Princess Sera of Parsa has been fighting to protect her family and her people for years, but when the deity Mitra continues to send her visions with increasing frequency, warning of death and doom that will surely fall upon the people of Parsa should Sera ignore this call to destiny. Reluctantly, she sets out on a journey to recover the fallen Royal Stars, but there is a good chance she'll die before she can complete the task. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Jul 19, 2019

    Chosen by fate, Sera resolutely sets off on a quest in the hopes of saving her people. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jul 26, 2019

    'Sera and the Royal Stars #1' is an epic and heartfelt character-driven sword and sorcery fantasy that hits the ground running with an impressive plot and gorgeous visuals. This one has potential to be great! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Jul 19, 2019

    Intimate and Epic, Sera soars as a refreshing and wonderful world of fantasy with people of color front and center. Vault has struck gold once more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Rachel Freeman Jul 17, 2019

    I'd describe Sera & the Royal Stars as a comic version of a Persian epic (obviously not a poem though). It immediately reminds me of ancient stories like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey or Dante's Divine Comedy. It's a heroic tale loosely based on actual history where mortal human chosen by the gods to save them because they cannot do it themselves. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Carrie McClain Jul 23, 2019

    Sera and the Royal Starsis something new and unique with an old school fantasy feel that is full of intrigue and heart. I'm looking on embarking on this quest with the princess to find the fallen stars and more. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jul 31, 2019

    Sera and the Royal Stars is a familair piece and I got a bit of a Yona of the Dawn vibe from it that definitely kept me interested. These kinds of stories are a lot more common on the manga side of comics so I'm curious to see what Tsuei brings to life here with it and how expansive it gets. I'm also keen to see more of Audrey Mok's world design as I like what we get here with Sera's costume and overall design and that of the landscape that we're seeing once she gets out of the city and initial battle. It's definitely a solid book that handles dropping the reader into the middle of events without making them feel completely lost, which is a great skill for a writer that I wish more had. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jul 16, 2019

    A very good-looking comic that has a lot of strong elements in place. It will be interesting to see what it does with them all moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cody Jul 18, 2019

    A new independent magical fantasy from Vault Comics gives us the first chapter in what promises to be an expansive universe destined for the big or small screen. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Nicole Drum Jul 17, 2019

    Truly an intriguing and engaging first issue and you'll want to see where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Jul 19, 2019

    It has a few hiccups but has a decent genre hook. Overall it lacks a spark that makes me immediately want to add this to a pull list. Read Full Review

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