Written by Kel Symons
Art by Nate Stockman
Colors by Paul Little
Letters by Pat Brosseau
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 01/21/2015
Judging from issue 1, I think I can gather the high concept pitch of Reyn: “What if Dr Gregory House was the hero of a fantasy realm?”
The fantasy realm in question is a land called Fate. A land where there once was a caste of Warriors and protectors called the Wardens. During what was essentially a couple of millennia of ‘dark age’ in Fate, the Wardens slipped into folklore, seemingly having vanished. Now one has returned, but can the curmudgeon that is Reyn be Fate’s savior?
Reyn returns at just the right time. A farm is being attacked by a giant spider, thankfully his adeptness with Sword and bow and arrow save the day, although I’m not sure if the farmer’s daughter subsequently offering herself to Reyn in gravity defying dress was necessary or indeed furthered the establishment of Reyn’s Character.
Of course it is impossible to have a lead role be so cantankerous and not have a character to be his foil. Seph is that character here. She’s a healer, a ‘follower of Tek’, a wielder of Bo staff and mystic powers and is a more than capable fighter. (and from the look of this issue could easily carry a comic in her own right).
The world building is done nicely. Farmsteads and villages, alehouses and Keeps really establish the fantasy setting. Farmers, Prisoners, Soldiers, giant spiders and reptilian humanoids establish its inhabitants and their place in the hierarchy of things.
The characters are constructed nicely. Nate Stockmans faces and body shapes remind me of an early Darick Robertson. Stockman’s animals, monsters and work well. I just wish there was more background other than establishing shots. It may have been because my review copy came digitally, but there was a lot of bright white space on some pages that drew my attention before the pictures on the page. The comic may have been able to get away with it if it had been somehow muted.
All in all Reyn is off to a fair start. Though not perfect, there is always space for comics that the likes of Sojourn once took. And aren’t the unlikely characters that fall into heroics rather than look for it always the best?