Review: I’m just going to spoil the review up front and say that I absolutely love this series! The series is an eight volume story that is highly character driven, filled with awesome super-powered fights, and a theological subtext that brought me to tears a number of times.
The book was originally written by Brett Burner and Mike Miller, with the art being drawn by Mike Miller as well. As the series progressed, Miller dropped off and newcomer Eric Ninaltowski took over the art and Ben Avery also joined the writing team. Usually a change in the creative team (although Burner stayed on the series throughout) is never a good sign, but all eight of the titles were written and drawn well.
The graphic novel series bogged down a little during volumes four and five, but that’s really my only complaint.
Hand of the Morningstar is a complex super-hero story. The heroes aren’t all heroes. Some of the bad guys use language and phrases like a church-going person might use . . . and that’s terrifying. We’re exposed to a wonderful love story, and exploration on truth and deception, redemption, damnation and the ultimate source of power. Fans of comics, superheroes, complex characters and action absolutely need to check out these books.
The books are appropriate for junior high levels and up. Take a peak at the trailer for the series:
The graphic novels were a part of the “Z Graphic Novels” line which was very poorly publicized and many readers had a very difficult time finding and buying all the books in the series. Because of this, I’ve listed all the titles, in order, here.