Scales & Scoundrels #1 Advanced Review

Aug 31, 2017

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Scales & Scoundrels #1
Image Comics

Story by: Sebastian Girner
Art by: Galaad

Release Date: 9/06/2017

Scales & Scoundrels opens with the main character, Luvander at a typical town pub. There, her quest begins for Gold and Glory like all good Dungeons and Dragon stories start, but this one is set at a faster pace and is fun for everyone.

Scales & Scoundrels isn’t bogged down by the typical problem in the fantasy genre of setting up the location and providing backstory of the realm you are visiting. The collaboration of both Galaad and Sebastian helps progress the story so that it maintains a quick pace that keeps the reader entertained. It is evident that Galaad’s storyboard experience helps narrates and moves the story at a steady pace.

Galaad’s art is simplistic, yet contains such intricate details in each panel.  He also creates the coloring for the book, which differentiates it from other fantasy comics by using warmer tones.

By keeping the tone of the book warm and simple, Scales & Scoundrels #1 is an inviting story that will entertain people of all ages, and will want to join Luvander and her quest for the fabled Dragon’s Maw.

Scales & Scoundrels seems to be a mix of Lumberjanes and a censored Rat Queens. This is a nice departure for Image as the majority of their books are for mature audiences. Hopefully, the story will not be rushed and will continue to develop Luvander into a great protagonist that she has the potential of becoming.

Scales & Scoundrels #1 is a great first issue and has a lot of potential in becoming a mainstay for Image comics.