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Sharon reviews Elric: The Balance Lost #1

January 18th, 2012 by Marc Comments


Elric: The Balance Lost Issue #1
Created by Michael Moorcock
Written by Chris Roberson
Artwork by Francesco Biagini
BOOM! Studios

Signs appear throughout the Multiverse that the Cosmic Balance is in peril, and the Eternal Champion is caught in the crosshairs! Across worlds, Elric, Hawkmoon and Corum begin to face the force that threatens to overpower them all, while Eric Beck, a modern-day video game designer, must acknowledge that his reoccurring dreams of a Pale Prince aren’t all in his head…

As our readers know, Katie and Danielle are big superhero comic book fans. (Kalpar: Hey, what about me? I like Captain America and Deadpool, that counts, right?) (Sorry Kalpar!) I, on the other hand, tend to prefer the graphic novel adaptations of books. Recently I was browsing at the comic book store looking for something new, and since I didn’t know where to start or how to pick I went with what I know best…sexy men. Yup, I picked two comic books based on the hot guy on the front.

I picked up Elric: The Balance Lost because I have a thing for long white hair and big swords which goes back to my elf fetish. (Kalpar: OH COME ON! Freaking elves. Hate those guys.) (editors, always putting in their two cents…) Anyway, so you readers don’t think of me as a completely shallow girl, I did read the blurb on the back and it is about an Eternal Champion that travels to parallel universes to restore the balance between Law and Chaos. It’s a pretty great sci-fi/fantasy theme don’t you think?

This comic is named after the character from the novel Stormbringer, by Michael Moorcock, but writer Chris Roberson wanted to create an epic tale including the many champions Moorcock wrote about in his series. All these characters fight to restore the balance of Law and Chaos throughout the time and space of the Multiverse, and sometimes these characters find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the battle. Chris Roberson says there will be cameos and Easter eggs for longtime fans of Moorcock, but those new to the Multiverse won’t feel lost.

This first issue introduces us to four heroes who all come from different times and worlds. Even if they don’t realize the role they will be playing in the fate of the Multiverse, the heroes are very aware that there is an imbalance happening in their world and they must do something to stop it. The comic skips around between the four separate stories, giving us a glimpse into their personalities and life choices that will determine if they fight for Law or Chaos.

At this point only Elric is aware of his role as the Eternal Champion and he has dropped into a world of monsters and zombies that is on the verge of breaking down into “primordial chaos”. The reader learns about how he travels between the parallel universes which make up the Multiverse and the power of his soul sucking sword Stormbringer (I really want one by the way). Elric is my kind of hero: soul-weary from his eternal quest and hoping for an end to it, not to mention long white hair and mad sword killing skills.

love a man with a sword who isn’t afraid to use it!

I am intrigued by the story arc and appreciate the different panel layouts for each character which adds to the atmosphere. For example Elric gets many full page panels, while other panels convey order or chaos. I wouldn’t call the artwork beautiful, but it is colorful and engaging and worth a look. There is also lots of monster killing action!

I also enjoyed the Afterward written by Neil Gaiman as he talks about the influence Moorcock had on who he is today. It is too early in the story arc to know if it will be worth following, but so far I like what I see.

And you can check out a free 10 page prelude to issue #1 here

4 out of 5 Nerds
Sharon Stogner
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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….