Seven To Eternity #1 (Image Comics)
Rick Remender has made quite a name for himself in comics the past few years. After successful runs on Uncanny X-Force and Uncanny Avengers for Marvel, as well as Black Science, Tokyo Ghost, and Deadly Class for Image Comics, he’s now at the level of creator that brings in readers simply from his name appearing on the cover. With his latest release with artist Jerome Opena from Image, Seven To Eternity, that name appeal is only going to get stronger.
Seven To Eternity is a fantasy Sci-Fi series, but before you start rolling your eyes over the idea of another sci-fi Image series, Eternity is definitely more in the fantasy realm than sci-fi. Following the life of a family that refuses to bow to the evil overlord that rules over them, Remender’s plot immediately hooks with an emotional connection. Years earlier, the father of the family refused to bow to The Mud King, the madman who rules over their world. After a brutal attack, the oldest son must confront the Mud King, but will he be able to resist the temptations that the King will offer?
One of the wisest things Rick Remender does with the first issue of Seven To Eternity is not bog us down with too much background information on the world. Many times with series like these too much time is spent setting up the world and not enough time working on the characters. That’s not the case here, as Remender takes great care to introduce each member of his main cast of characters. There’s a strong theme of family and regret that runs heavily through Seven To Eternity as well. Even within this first issue you’ll become so attached to the characters that by the time you reach the end, you’ll be lamenting the loss of some of them.
What helps with those connections is the art by Jerome Opena. Now Opena has long been known as major force in the comic art world, but he outdoes himself here. From the insane creature designs to the jaw-dropping scenery, Opena doesn’t hold anything back. He puts everything onto the page, just like Remender does with his script.
Seven To Eternity is one of those comics that has such a strong opening issue that you’ll be dying for more. Think of it like if Saga was really into Metal music. There’s stunning artwork, fantastic monster designs, and even some genuine emotion within these pages. Saying that Seven To Eternity is one of the best comic debuts of the year doesn’t even do it justice. I cannot wait for the next issue.