It is a couple years after Donar's first encounter with the "Orc Clan," and things are changing for the worse. The mischief God Loki has been watching and planning for the slaying of Donar for some time now. This whole new chapter involves King Garroth and his kingdome of "Gilroth." The betrail of a king which leads to a new leadership and coruption throughout the land.
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Overviewed by: Paul Dale Roberts
Comments: Feel the rage...feel the rage in Donar! If you love stories on Thor, then you will definitely love Donar! Great Viking stories done with some fantasy/sword & sorcery flair! In this story kingdoms change hands and chaos ensues. The ravishing change takes place during the sad funeral of King Garrath. Donar will not live his life without pursuit or the fear of death, because he has certain enemies that would love to have his head!
Orc v. humans in the battle tradition of the Lord of the Rings. Also, there is a bit of drama that reflects on Mel Gibson's movie - The Passion of Christ, when Donar faces his own crucification. This is truly a masterful and clever tale that will have you time travel to the olden days of the mighty Vikings!
GREAT WHITE NORTH! Volume 2 / Number 20
by Jonathan A. Gilbert
DONAR: GOD OF WAR Vol. 1 No. 2 June 2004. StarVerse Comics. 32 pages (including covers) black and white small press comic. Cover art, art and story by Ryan Crouse. $3.00 U.S., $3.50 Canadian. Includes shipping and handling.
As long as I've been a comics fan I've been a fan and avid supporter of small press comics which, many moons ago, used to be referred to as fanzines. As well as being the place where the pros of tomorrow more often than not get their start small press publications are where a fair amount of experimentation goes on with regards to story and art.
When I review small press comics I take into consideration the fact that the publication, while innovative and just plain fun to read, are not at the same level of professionalism as the slicker comics. There are some obvious exceptions of course-most noteably the gone but not forgotten Blue Moon Comics Group-but for the most part the creators are just starting out and need to be encouraged as much as possible. Having said that let's get to the issue at hand; Donar: God of War Vol. 1 No. 2.
StarVerse Comics-and its sole creator Ryan Crouse-has been publishing comics for a few years now with varying levels of success. The first issue of Donar: God of War was a fun read while HERO VS. VILLAIN had a lot to be desired. This latest offering from StarVerse/Crouse is the best I've seen so far from this publisher. Continuing the storyline from the previous issue Crouse fills in a lot of the holes from last time and Crouse's artwork continues to improve; particularly his inking. He is still a tad heavy on the blacks though but he definitely does now make better use of shading. And as with all the StarVerse titles Crouse has a particular vision as to how the panel layouts should be done which I've always enjoyed. He's willing to experiment in that area and that's definitely a good thing.
All in all DONAR: GOD OF WAR Vol.1 No. 2 is a fun, enjoyable small press comic. My only real complaint is the price. For a small press comic it is a tad expensive in my view.
Still, it's work taking a look at and if you'd like to order it or any of the Donar titles you can find out how by visiting http://starverse.dwnonline.com . Ryan Crouse can be emailed at email@example.com.
Comments: 30 pages, full size, copied. Swords, sandals, and sorcery! That's the theme running through this comic. Bare chested men with battle axes fight Orcs and one warrior full of rage and armed with a war hammer lays a beating on a Cyclops! The story continually builds as the action picks up and the drama increases. I think this is one that you'll have to follow for a while before everything falls into place. The artwork is a little sketchy, mostly when dealing with faces. Beyond that it looks like the art shows a lot of potential.