No One Left to Fight #1 – Aubrey Sitterson, Fico Ossio & Taylor Esposito (Dark Horse)

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How, I ask you, HOW do you cram so much into the first issue of a comic that it feels like you’ve just been assaulted with the cliffhanger for an entire series? I guess that’s a question we’d need to ask Aubrey Sitterson and Fico Ossio, the creators of No One Left to Fight.

NOLTF is a neon battering ram of a comic that follows mysterious warrior Vale on a trip to uncover what appears to be some sort of mystery that lies at the heart of his past– an apocalyptic showdown with an infamous Gor Despo. We’re introduced to Krysta and her twins who idolise Uncle Vale, much to the chagrin of their father Timor, who appears to have not so much a strained relationship with Vale, as one that’s been fed through a shredder. NOLTF doesn’t give us much in the first issue, but somehow gives us just enough to leave us marking our calendar for the next issue – the perfect tease of a warriors journey, both personal, and physical.

Ossio’s beautiful art that pays tribute to the Anime and Manga of the 90s and early 2000s, as well as subtle nods to both Dragonball and Street Fighter (I think, anyway), works completely in tandem with the clever, humorous, and suitably epic writing of Sitterson.  If issue one is the battle cry, then I for one, am ready to answer… Sophie Francois

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