Son of Merlin #1
Written by Robert Place Napton
Art by Zid
Letters by Troy Peteri
Edited by Bryan Rountree & Matt Hawkins
Covers by Zid & Stjepan Sejic
Top Cow Productions, Inc.
Release Date: February 6, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Son of Merlin #1 took me immediately back to the late 1990s when Matt Hawkins launched his Lady Pendragon universe for Image. That’s basically what this is, just updated for current times.
First off, Robert Place Napton was a great choice for writer for this series. He’s got the experience doing this kind of book, and that helps a lot. What I liked about this comic is that it’s Merlin and Morgan in modern times. They’re not pulled through a portal and are now fish out of water; instead, they’ve been living continuously from ancient times right up until now. And, from the looks of things, they’ve been fighting a war since they first became enemies. Now, this book IS called The Son of Merlin, so obviously, the son of Merlin actually comes into play in this issue. As much fun as I had with this book, Merlin’s son turns out to be the fish out of water in this book. It’s the typical “I’m a man of science, I don’t believe in magic” that we’re seen in a lot of comics before this, so I hope that future issues steer away from that.
Artist Zid is phenomenal! I know I’ve seen a couple of his books in the past, but he’s really kicked it up a notch for this book. THIS is classic Top Cow art done in Top Cow style. Hyper-detailed, very kinetic, and all around awesome. His rendering of magic looks completely real in this universe. Nothing is out of place, and Zid has a great knack for storytelling.
While Son of Merlin #1 does have a couple of problems, I’m going to go ahead and recommend it. The good FAR outweighs the bad here. This isn’t a life-changing book. What it is is what it appears to be: a great read that is fun and entertaining. What more could you want?