Title: Excellence #2
Words: Brandon Thomas
Art: Khary Randolph
Colors: Emilio Lopez
Published: June 19, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: “The Aegis protects the world, but not everyone is equal is their eyes. A lesson their newest recruit, Spencer Dales, learns the hard way when he crosses the Aegis’s unseen master: the Overseer!”
Spencer Dales is a young man who follows his heart and his conscience. Unfortunately, doing that is entirely against the rules he is legally obligated to follow. This is a world where what is right is not the same as allowed, and legal does not mean just. As Spencer defies the wishes of his father and the powers that be, he learns about the consequences of his actions. Though ultimately, he chooses to take the safe path, he regrets it immediately, and the story of the ramifications to that has yet to fully unfold.
In Excellence, Brandon Rudolph brings the audience inside the mind of the conflicted magician-in-training, and shows the difficult position he is in and the impossible choice he has to make. This is a world where he, and those like him are imprisoned within their own greatness. When he eventually succumbs to societal and familial pressure and does what he is told is correct, he regrets it. It is clear that this event is not the end of a conflict, but rather the beginning of an epic struggle.
The Bottom Line
Excellence is a story about what happens when someone does what is right rather than what is approved, a story about choices, consequences and perseverance in the face of injustice.