Title: Rising Sun #1 (of 3)
Words: Ron Marz, David A. Rodriguez
Art: Martin Coccolo
Colors:Katrina Mae Hao
Published: January 15, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Chiyoko of the Koi Clan leads a group of powerful warriors, the best each clan has to offer, on a mission to save Japan from dragons and monsters. But perhaps the greatest threat she faces is not the many monsters who are ravaging the country, but her own team…”
The saga of Rising Sun begins in 12th century Japan with the introduction of a collection of champions. These warriors from feuding clans are in the midst of a battle with an enormous dragon, and they are losing. The heroes have been banded together against their will, and tasked to fight the evils that have been released upon the land, find the source of the tumult, and rectify the situation. Unfortunately, they do not trust each other, and have no real idea of what they are up against. Despite all that, they must somehow gather their resolve, and overcome their wariness of one another in order to just survive, let alone succeed.
Ron Marz and David A. Rodriguez have crafted an epic tale of magic and swordplay where dragons and demons wreak havoc across a fantastic landscape. The cast of characters are distinctive in their demeanor as well as in their special skills. Their forced association begins with layers of internal and external conflict, most of which have yet to be entirely revealed.
The Bottom Line
Rising Sun is an action packed epic filled with sorcery and swordplay of 12th century Japan complete with poisonous dragons and horrifying demons, and that’s just in the first issue.