No One Left To Fight #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
What happens when the big evil is defeated and the heroes move on with their lives? That’s the main premise behind No One Left To Fight, a new series from Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio that is easily one of the coolest debut issues of the year, and one of the most unique worlds to grace comics in a long time.
Years ago, Vale defeated the evil Gor Despo, and the world was saved. But now his glory days are behind him, and Vale has travelled to the home of his friends and former teammates Krysta and Timor, the latter of whom is definitely NOT thrilled with hosting. As Timor’s jealousy mounts, he finally has enough and challenges Vale to a sparring match, which ends up escalating to insane levels that Vale couldn’t imagine.
Simply put, the world that Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio have created is awesome. There’s clear inspiration from things like Dragon Ball Z and even Final Fantasy X, but the two give it it’s own spin that feels completely unique. Within a few pages Vale, Krysta and Timor are fully fleshed out characters, and you understand where all of them are coming from. Everything from the characters to their supporting cast (which includes a scene-stealing octopus named Pod) is fully realized, and at no point are you bogged down by needless or boring backstories.
I had never heard of Fico Ossio’s work before this, but I’m completely blown away by it. This art looks like nothing else on the stands, with a vibrant energy that makes it seem like everyone in this world is alive and moving. It’s tailor made for a video game or animated adaptation, and I sincerely hope it gets one, cause so far Sitterson and Ossio have a really fantastic book on their hands.
No One Left To Fight may seem at first glance like a series that may be pretty downbeat or boring, but that couldn’t be further from the case. Even the quite character moments move at a quick pace, and the characters are completely engaging from the get go. I can’t wait to check out the rest of this series.