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JIRNI (vol 3) #1



Story: J.T Krul

Art: Michael Sta. Maria

Colors: John Starr

Letters: Micah Myers

Published by: Aspen Comics



By simply looking at the title character of Jirni, you might think it’s simply Aspen Comics’ analog of Wonder Woman or Red Sonja. A fierce warrior woman who isn’t afraid of a little bloodshed. What separates this character from those with longer history is Ara’s burning question, who is she?

Ara was a young girl of royalty whose life becomes about battle when her parent’s kingdom of Janna is ravaged by a sorcerer’s army. It’s in this moment of extreme panic she’s transformed into a half human half D’jnn warrior. Her mystical being from another realm half grants her uncanny strength and other powers she’s yet to uncover. Volume three of this series opens with Ara’s journey to find her captured mother taking a bit of a break to help local villagers under the thumb of a gang of warlords. She believes this gang is holding another D’jnn being and her detour will lead her to the discovery of a new character who may shed some light on her past.

Over the course of two volumes, writer J.T Krul has quickly turned Ara from naive royalty to unrelenting warrior. This new opening chapter shows Ara has accepted her life of blood and steel. As she helps the villagers being forced to surrender their food supply, we never believe that her actions are purely noble. The devastation she unleashed to liberate the village is merely the means to get to her objective of finding more D’Jnn. She’s a character in danger or losing her humanity to this one woman war she’s fighting. It’s a delicate balance that allows a good writer such as Krul to take chances with this character. A warrior who seems as though they won’t break usually has the bigger fall and that will be something fun to read.

As a first issue, Jirni #1 covers most of the bases. Readers get a feel for who Ara is and her motivations, much of the necessary backstory isn’t blatantly written in dialogue boxes but allowed to be told through the character’s memory. It even ends on an interesting hook with the introduction of a mysterious new character. While that ending comes as a bit of an abrupt stop, it is tantalizing enough to demand interest in issue two.

Jirni as a series has always been strange in the art department. The first series’ introduction was a bit of a turn off visually from Paolo Pantalena’s less than solid sequentials and too many boob shots. Jirni volume two got an upgrade from the art of V.Ken Marion who brought more focus on the action and allowed the character to stand out for the right reasons. This new volume builds even better visuals by artist, Michael Sta. Maria. Volume three looks more like a true comic book than the early series issues. Ara gets true superhero poses with proper camera placement. When you combine that with well continued design work, fitting emotion, and proper anatomy; it comes together to create one of Aspen Comics best-looking books of 2018.

Despite the stop short, Jirni #1 is a read worthy of your time.

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