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Scion : divided loyalties
Marz, Ron.
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Publication Information:
Oldsmar, Fla. : CrossGeneration Comics, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
General Note:
"Originally published in single magazine form as Scion Vol. 1, Issues #15-#21.
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Scion takes place on a world with one foot in the past and one foot in the future, a planet where a medieval facade masks advanced science. Two kingdoms hold sway here, kingdoms that have been plunged back into warfare after centuries of tenuous peace. And caught between them is a young prince with a gift that could save his world or doom it. Ethan sees first-hand the sufferings of the genetically engineered Lesser Races and is forced to choose between his loyalty to his family and his loyalty to a greater good. His decision is not only unexpected, it may well determine the course of history for his entire world.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

If readers can manage to wrestle their disbelief into submission, they'll find this series enjoyable. The story's basic premise is monumentally silly, presenting a society where futuristic science lurks underneath a medieval surface; as the publisher says, it's a hybrid of Star Wars and Prince Valiant (which worked for the 1930s' Flash Gordon comics).The CrossGen Sigils, glowing chest brands that convey enormous, almost uncontrollable powers, have been portioned out to two young princes. Blonde Ethan of the West, a dutiful, loving son and intelligent, empathetic ruler-in-training, gets to use his Sigil's powers for good. Representing evil is swarthy, scarred Bron of the East, who's just killed his father so he can become king. Ethan has become tangled in the plots of Ashleigh, Bron's fiery renegade sister, to help the kingdom's oppressed, who happen to be superscientifically engineered mutants. Some are cute, like Ethan's Yoda-like friend, Skink; some are intimidating, like the towering bounty hunter, Exeter; and all are considered convenient but disposable products rather than people. Naturally, Ethan has always treated the Lesser Races decently, but now he's a full-fledged rebel forced to do unpleasant things that test his innocent ideals. Despite lots of sword-swinging action, the story moves slowly enough to accommodate Ethan's growing realization of his commitment to the cause. The book's moody, anime-influenced artwork makes the story's world vividly real. Proving that comics stand outside the rules of mathematics, Scion is more than the sum of its parts. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Avalon, a quasi-medieval world with humans and genetically engineered Lesser Races, is ruled by two dynasties: the Heron of the West and the Raven of the East. Blood opens with the story of Edvin (Heron) and Alexi (Raven), warriors who started the tradition of ritual combat that ended the war between their dynasties. In renewed hostilities, Prince Ethan of the Heron is heading into Raven territory to avenge the death of his older brother at Bron's hands. However, he is pulled in two directions, as the comely Ashleigh wants him to help the Underground, which is trying to eliminate slavery of the Lesser Races there. His sympathies are stirred when he and his Lesser Race companion Skink find Sanctuary, the Underground's main hideout. With intriguing new powers, Bron murders his father, whose choice for successor is his sister, framing her. Ethan arrives in time to rescue Ashleigh, who turns out to be Bron's sister, and challenge the usurper. In Loyalties, Ethan and Ashleigh find Sanctuary destroyed by Bron, and Ethan makes his choice about which cause to support. His path at first seems obvious, but his struggle evokes empathy. He is surrounded by a strong cast, including warrior princesses. The vibrant and appealing color artwork is a successful blend of medieval elements and advanced technology.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.