WARNING: This series is graphic and is intended for a mature audience.
The Last God #1 – “Book 1 of the Fellspyre Chronicles” is published by DC Comics Black Label, an imprint of DC Comics, written by Phillip K. Johnson, with art by Riccardo Federici, colors by Sunny Gho, and Dean White, and lettering by Tom Napolitano. DC released an advanced look at the issue at the beginning of the month, and the time has come to open the pages of this fantasy quest and review the hell out of it.
This is a story of life and death, heroes and monsters, love, and loss. A quest of warriors to save the land, nay, to save the world from the black plague that pollutes the land and all life it comes into contact with. As with many stories of this ilk, first, we must understand the history of the land and of its people. Thus, the first few pages of The Last God #1 are dedicated to the original faction of heroes that climbed the ‘Black Stair’, to slay the god in the Void and stop the spread of the plague of flowers.
That was the history as we are led to believe, but our story jumps into the present. The mightiest member of the ‘Godslayers’ now rules the land with his warrior Queen at his side. The people of Tyrgolad, have gathered in the fighting pits to give thanks to their King, on this the thirtieth anniversary, by cheering on a gladiator reenactment of that bloody and grotesque battle.
One of these gladiator slaves has fought and won some 59 of his previous encounters. A win today, would mean he’d earned his freedom. The gladiator in question is the town’s favorite, Eyvindr. If only it were so easy. Immediately after the ceremonial battle, smoke arises from within the inner sanctum of the palace. All of the slaves and gladiators are hurriedly conscripted by the local guard to join them in finding out what is at the heart of the disturbance. What they find is much more shocking, and horrifying, than any of them could have imagined.
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This is a thrilling story to pick up and one that I believe will excel under the DC Black Label imprint. Johnson has even gone so far as to add some pages in the back of the issue that layer in extra lore to the land, and defining the symbolism of the music. It’s a level of depth that I can fully get behind.