Scales & Scoundrels #10
Writer: Sebastian Girner
Sebastian Girner and Galaad exceeded expectations again with Scales & Scoundrels #10. Last month’s issue was a testament to the type of story-telling that only comic books are capable of delivering. It’s only natural to expect there to be a small decline in quality, but the creative team somehow delivers once more, just in a different way this time.
While Scales & Scoundrels #9 told a near flawless silent issue, Issue #10 tells a wordy origin for our hero. Following everyone’s near-death experience a few issues ago, Luvander has gone on a journey to discover herself. It took some time, but Luvander’s past is finally revealed in an incredibly satisfying way. Writer Sebastian Girner first introduces the reader to some of Luvander’s kin, who all resemble what Luvander is expected to be. Each dragon has their own unique personality that feels fresh and authentic. Even the characters that fit stereotypes such as a dragon that doubles as a hot-headed dwarf are entertaining and don’t feel like worn-out tropes.
The meeting reveals more than we bargained for, as we learn about both Luvander’s past as well as the nature of her species. Girner unveils a powerful order with a believable structure and grey motives that feel genuine, and this is what makes this title stand out. It’s rare to have a series that is as fun and profound as this one. Scales & Scoundrels is an all-ages title that is unlike others. It doesn’t feel watered-down, but the subject matter isn’t unacceptable for children either. It’s a smart, funny read that allows for thoughtful conversation for everyone.
Outside of the character development and world-building, Scales & Scoundrels maintains it’s signature sense of humor throughout the story. Luvander’s feelings about those at the table with her are shaky at best, and she doesn’t bite her tongue. Her wit and actions lead to genuinely funny dialogue, and her charm emphasizes the story’s heart.
Galaad draws another gorgeous issue. Scales & Scoundrels has some of the best colors in the medium today. Every panel is bursting with life and highly animated The lines are whimsical and almost carefree, which is an appropriate accent to Luvander’s character. Every character has an appearance that perfectly matches their personality, from the dwarf/dragon wearing fiery reds to a cool dragon that resembles a Prince in a fantasy world. The harmony between the world, characters, and art come together in a way that makes this look easy.
While Scales & Scoundrels #10 doesn’t experiment like the chapter before, it does succeed in telling a powerful origin for Luvander. Sebastian Girner succeeds in developing an even stronger protagonist, while simultaneous carving out a breathing world. While it would be nice to see more experimentation in the series, this issue succeeds in delivering a much-anticipated origin story. If this series wasn’t a must-read already, everyone should consider it to be one now.
Scales & Scoundrels #10
Scales & Scoundrels delivers a stellar tale for Luvander. This is a must-read that will remind readers why this medium is special.