Soulfire (Vol. 2) #7


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Soulfire (Vol. 2) #7


  • Words: J.T. Krul
  • Art: Jason Fabok
  • Colors: John Starr
  • Story Title: Extinguished
  • Publisher: Aspen Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2012

The destroyer of worlds finds the hero within himself, as the reader finds the art as the core reason to pick up this book.

Soulfire, like many of the Aspen Comics line, is a book that was defined by the late Michael Turner's art style, one that exploded onto the scene with some of the most dynamic women and heroic men seen since the days that Jim Lee started drawing the X-Men. They were idealized, they were Barbie-esque, and they were the epitome of why you would do something in the medium of comic books instead of on television or in the movies. It's impossible to find actors and actresses as beautiful as the characters within; when Megan Fox was tapped to play Fathom, for example, it was close enough to silence a few critics, but it's like trying to find the perfect person to portray an immaculate work. They go for different goals; the artist might embrace a lack of flaws, while the real world might find inherent genetic flaws and quirks cute and endearing.

Admirably, Fabok does his best to "ape" Turner's style. Disappointingly, Fabok does his best to "ape" Turner's style. While it's definitely as close as we're likely to get in a post-Turner world, and it's a logical step to take when the original works were so defined by Turner's pencils, it's disappointing that Fabok doesn't get a chance to stretch his legs and explore new styles. Still, a house style is a house style, and Fabok works well within it. John Starr gets to have some fun with coloring in this issue, as a dragon tearing up the world is rendered much like a Green Lantern construct, and at times, the use of blue magic against an orange-purple sky provides a nice contrast. It's visually solid, outside of a few instances of the crew not letting the pencils do their work, instead overshadowing and saturating with darkness.

With regards to the writing, the character of Malikai seems to take a major step in this book, deciding that his fate and destiny are his to control, and using this newfound power, appears to sacrifice himself for the greater good. It's a noble revelation, and one played out well, that long-time readers of the book might find more substance within (or more conflicts without, admittedly). Beyond that, much of the issue is focused on an ever-worsening battle, not allowing for great dialogue or plotting. Malikai's growth comes slow but steady, and it's nice when it overtakes the larger battle with a more personal one.

Soulfire seems to be doing fine without Turner, but might be best left to the master, allowing Fabok and Krul to explore their own worlds, rather than mine the rather short stack of material they were given.

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