The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Heroic Legend of Arslan (1)
Excellent start to a mythological history. Set in ancient Persia we have the tale of a young Prince who goes out on his first battle only to have his great nation's army meet disaster for the very first time through trickery and traitorship. Arslan is 14 by the time the battle takes place and we've seen a bit of his growing up from a young boy to this age. A well-told tale that justly uses pictures when words aren't needed but also contains a well-written story. The art is detailed, faces show emotion and battles are violent (flying heads being the main reason for the 13+ rating along with theme). As the book ends the Prince Arslan and his protector, Daryun, have found respite with an old exiled friend in the forest. This first volume promises to bring an intelligent, mature plot and I'm looking forward to seeing if the next volumes lives up to this.
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