A brand new Comic Book series available on Amazon.com, the Allies is a Comic Book I can actually read to a five year old!
Plot (Books 1-4): Great
The first four volumes of The Allies: Family and Friends, deals with the formatory experience of the eponymous team: a group of folks meet at a powwow and fight ancient evil. Trippin, right? The team is multicultural in a way we never see in the big comics: a Cherokee-Jewish girl, several Native Americans, some India Indians, and more! Diversity like this I’ve never seen, y’all.
The Cleric is trying to get a Bible in a Native American Language to the tribe it belongs to, and a bad lady named Mantra wants this stopped.
The heroes meet in an unconventional way, and are immediately… ERADICATED BY ANCIENT EVIL! No, not really, but almost… It’s really well done, pacing is slow but mounting, and it concludes in a proper manner.
Can’t complain about the Characters: the Allies are diverse (as seen above), I’ll give a brief spoiler-free description of each one:
Ranger: A middle aged dude with shapeshifting powers: he turns into different animals. He’s kinda gruff, but he’s a good dude. He’s the next Character’s Dad, but nonsterotypical: he’s dad-joke free.
Amethyst: A teenager with the power to take on the properties of different rocks. She also has the power to generate barriers and other cool stuff. She’s perky and amusing, not crossing the line to the obnoxious teen almost every series is afflicted with: she’s not broody, she’s not bubble-gum-brained, she’s awesome.
Fireangel: Chick with fire powers and flight. She’s married to The Paladin, and she’s a nice lady who is encouraging to those around her.
Paladin: Dude with spontaneous sword and armor generation: he makes weapons and armor for himself poof out of thin air. If I had a beef with anyone, it was this guy: he’s a bit too insecure. He’s an online College Professor, and he spends, like, two pages talking about how awesome online college is, only to worry he wasn’t thorough enough. DUDE! The only thing he didn’t give her was a phone number for the college! Still, he’s a cool character.
Wind: Native American lady with wind powers (obviously). She’s smart, cool, but she worries a bit. She’s The Warrior’s sister.
The Warrior: Native American dude with the same powers as his sister: they work together and have a great sibling relationship.
Shakti: One of the main characters of this story arc, Shakti has super strength, amazing powers, and is the mom of The Cleric. She’s one of the strongest characters, because her maternal side balances out her incredible strength. She keeps her family safe and does it all with a cool accent (I assume).
The Cleric: The main man on this story arc: The Cleric is a Franciscan Dark Elf/Hindi Monk named Krishna. I know, right? He is seriously English Second Language, as almost all of his speech bubbles are transliterated Hindi words, which are almost always translated in the same or adjacent frame. He has healing powers, and is the main lead.
The Cavalier: Shakti’s husband, the Cavalier has no powers, but he has a cool car, and is a VAMPIRE! Guess the no powers line wasn’t quite accurate. For more info on him, check out DeSoto’s Revenge (Issue… six) for details. He’s awesome, southern, and dodges the stereotypes nicely (he doesn’t sparkle, thank God.)
Mantra: The main villain, she uses Chaos magic in a mad quest to obliterate the Cleric, and anyone else nearby. She gets a fitting comeuppance, but before she does she keeps the main characters one ragged step ahead of disaster.
the books are hand-drawn and lettered, so no cgi is used here. It’s a manga-esque style, and it doesn’t have anyone wearing a cringe-inducing outfit or being overly muscled (no individual abs, thank you). It’s okay for kids, and it doesn’t have a single death in it: not even a spoik of blood. For real. It’s a-okay! I do have to say that if you want to get in, you have to buy issues 1-4 (out of the available 6) together. As it builds up from page one all the way up to the end, you’ve got to have all four volumes for the best effect.
It’s a good product that’ll cost you 7.99 apiece (US dollars), and each one has around 30 pages with no ads. Compared to other comics, that’s a great value. I know the authoress personally, and she puts a lot of work into these things, and has a lot of cool stuff coming up. If you’re a Christian (or not) and are looking for a great, clean comic series, look no farther: this one’s good.
Cheers, and God Bless!