Comics in a Flash  — Dragonstorm

By Eric S. Brown
Courtesy of: Unstoppable Comics Dragonstorm

As much as I love DC Comics and find myself discontent with the current Marvel Universe, I still don’t read a lot of “indie” comic books.

There are however a slew of fantastic ones out there from companies such as Image, Darkhorse, and Unstoppable Comics. Perhaps the most notable comic today published by a company that isn’t one of the “Big Two” is the Walking Dead.

It was a bestselling and highly praised book long before AMC’s television adaptation of it. Other popular indie books over the years have included titles like Hellboy, Chew, Cerebus, and Spawn. Recently, I was sent a copy of Dragonstorm’s first issue for review. It’s the first book in a new, ongoing series from Unstoppable Comics.

The lead character, Dragonstorm, is much like a cross between Danny O’neil aka Ironfist and the animated movie version of Doctor Strange in which the Doc blended martial arts with his magical powers. The first issue of the series is apparently not the character’s initial appearance however and hops right into the continuing events of Dragonstorm’s life.

The issue opens with Dragonstorm’s archenemy Balagron paying a visit to his family. Balagron slays his own son and daughter-in-law in cold blood for their failure to teach his granddaughter about who and what she really is. He takes her from her home and hatches a plan to have Dragonstorm be the one to train her in the abilities she doesn’t even know she has yet.

Balagron lures Dragonstorm into a trap where the hero’s only options are to watch the girl be killed before his eyes or accept her as his ward.  Dragonstorm has no choice but to protect the girl from her own grandfather and his pack of evil ninja followers. The issue concludes a cliffhanger ending in which Dragonstorm gambles that Balagron is not willing to let the girl die no matter what he claims.

The art work of Dragonstorm No. 1 is impressive for an indie book. Russ Leach does an amazing job at not only capturing the emotions of the book’s characters panel to panel but also really brings the book’s action scenes to life. The book itself is well produced too, reminding me of the flood of indie titles that ruled the comic world in the late 1990s in terms of paper and ink quality.

While titles about martial art wielding heroes are not my personal chosen read, I did however enjoy the book. If one is a fan of characters such as Marvel’s Moonknight or DC’s Nightwing, it may very well be worth checking out. For more information on Dragonstorm or purchase a copy of the first issue, one can visist: www.unstoppablecomics.com