I was turned onto Amala’s Blade in the same place where I get most of my comics news, reviews, and previews: Tumblr. Specifically, I was following the Tumblr for Princeless, which I picked up after realizing it was an all-ages comic starring a POC princess who is out to save all the other princesses from…
Well, a Princeless review is for another time. At any rate, in a case of like begets like, the Princeless Tumblr shared Amala’s Blade, another comic with a POC heroine protagonist. I was intrigued.
Unlike Princeless, Amala’s Blade is not an all-ages comic. Issue #0 is packed with swarthy, unsavory pirates, staggering fight scenes, and quite a lot of bloody violence. It also gave us a lot of insight into our titular heroine. Amala’s Blade #1 follows that swashbuckling adventure with much more exposition on the world at large and Amala’s place within it.
Mild spoilers are below the cut; if that bothers you, the spoiler-free summary of my thoughts on the issue is that I liked it. It isn’t the raucous and crazy introduction we had in issue #0, but it’s solid, and while not meaty on action and adventure the exposition is far from dull or ham-handed. The art is pretty stellar throughout, as well, and coupled with the excellent and interesting characterization that alone may make the issue worth picking up.