Sera and The Royal Stars #2
Writer: Jon Tsuei
Artist: Audrey Mok
Colorist: Raul Angulo
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Assistant Colorist: Karina Plaja
Publisher: Vault Comics
The story continues for Sera and her quest to replace the stars in Sera and the Royal Stars #2. Our heroine successfully rescues the Eye of the Bull, but her return to her kingdom reveals that her uncle and his army have made much more progress in his plot to take over. Sera understands that her quest is vital to her world’s survival, but seeing her family weakened and everything she has ever known stripped away makes completing the mission that much harder. To her surprise, however, she may have an ally in an unlikely place ready to assist in thwarting the usurper’s advancing forces.
Writer Jon Tsuei and artist Audrey Mok once again deliver a solid story against a gorgeously rendered backdrop. With Raul Angulo’s colors, each page looks like a painting that can be framed and displayed in any room. Mok’s cover for this issue is particularly eye-catching. Jim Campbell’s letters are effective in creating flow and capturing each character’s distinct voice, especially for the more supernatural and celestial beings Sera encounters.
One of the best parts of the series so far is the pacing. Both issues #1 and #2 have never felt bogged down with exposition, which can be a pitfall in such a rich world of mythology, prophecies, and political turmoil. Instead, readers get the information they need when they need it, and the action continues without interruption. Both Sera’s quest and the problems back home in her kingdom get just enough time in each issue to keep both sides of the story moving at just the right speed.