Seraph’s Sanctions: Oniba: Swords of the Demon # 0

Writers: Vince Hernandez & Paolo Pantalena
Art: Paolo Pantalena
Colors: Hi-fi
Letterer: Josh Reed

Editor: Frank Mastromauro
Publisher: ASPEN COMICS (October 2015)


The Breakdown:

We go to the Sengoku Era where we meet Yukiko, who is a student of Oda Nobunaga and it is time for the final battle. Yukiko finds out some things about her master that makes her loyalties torn …

The Good:

This book is flat out one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. Pantalena brings us his greatest work of his career with this one issue as every last line, detail, background and character look absolutely gorgeous. You can see the care that Pantalena took in making this book because there is very little that looks simple in this book. It is extremely detailed and it is worth every last penny to get. Pantalena’s art looks its absolute best because of this and found the ultimate colorist for his work in Hi-Fi. The colors are nice and vivid, allowing the book to have a great feel. The colors look like a blend of water-coloring alongside contemporary comic book coloring. The true beauty of the issue that the art does tell the story itself.

Hernandez does a great job with this #0 issue. He takes the time to set up the main plot and give strong introductions to our main character, Nobunaga and Hideyoshi. Kudos to Hernandez for making sure to capture the language of the period while also making it understandable and contemporary in this first issue. There is a good use of dialogue of an English translation of what a conversation might of sounded like back in the Sengoku Era. Hernandez and Pantalena set up the background extremely well, creating a wonderful atmosphere to blend with the art.

The Bad:
There wasn’t anything bad.


The Verdict:

This #0 issue was pretty awesome. There was a lot of strong characterization with a simple plot to move along the story while making readers know our main character. Yukiko is both strong yet vulnerable. We see that very well. The art is some of the best I seen in the business. The art is bold, detailed and really captures that era well. The writing is stellar and intelligent, allowing readers to feel really engrossed while planting seeds to what the series will be. This #0 issue just leaves the layers of what will soon come.