All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.
Today we look at the first volume of Wandering Vagrants by Marc Adona (writer/artist).
Wandering Vagrants is about the misadventures of a group of three characters who have been bound together by a curse. They must now walk through the world together until they can break their curse. And, as you might imagine, adventures pop up along the way.
We first meet them as they try to compel a wizard to break their curse…
The vagrants are the swordsman Kazo, the magician Enzo and the elf Ella. They often find themselves in sticky situations, like when a dinosaur chases them…
Or when they’re suddenly attacked in their inn one night…
Along the way, Kazo meets a young woman who becomes his love interest and a bit of a stabilizing factor in the lives of the vagrants…
Adona has a strong sense of humor and I like the way it is really like watching a pair of regular guys loose in what amounts to a real-life version of Legends of Zelda. There’s even a bit where there’s a guy selling stuff in the middle of the woods!
Kazo is a compelling lead and straight man to the antics of Enzo and Ella (one of the best sequences in the book is when Ella tries to seduce Kazo, but after he rebuffs her, the assassination attempts happen, so she basically is fighting off bad guys while screaming about how annoying it is to be doing this in her underwear, all the while having Enzo make lewd comments, as well).
Adona has himself a great set-up and a world where seemingly anything could happen next. It’s a real blast.
Check out the Wandering Vagrants website here.
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