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Iron empires : Sheva's war
Moeller, Christopher.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukee, Ore. : Dark Horse Comics, [2004]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
This volume collects issues one through five of the comic book series 'Sheva's war', originally published by DC Comics.
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The Iron Empires: Eight weary nations, spanning three million light years of the Milky Way Galaxy. They are the withering remains of a human civilization once immeasurably vast. Their dying has not been quiet. Sheva's War, the second in the series of Christopher Moeller's acclaimed Iron Empires graphic novels, propels us further into a distant future, into a turbulent age of war, terror, and corruption. You will follow a beautiful, but hardened, soldier on her campaign to repel an alien menace, as she faces a bitter struggle against insuperable odds.

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Booklist Review

In the universe of Iron Empires0 , Moeller's now finally collected 1990s comics, humanity huddles in eight galactic nations besieged by the Vaylen, wormlike parasites that take over their hosts' will and motivation. The baroness of Taramai, Ahmi Sheva, namesake of Sheva's War0 , is bored. The baron is much older than she, and she regrets not taking up with Count Karishun, who trained her as a soldier and implanted some of his own political ambition in her. Karishun has come under indirect but powerful Vaylen control, however, since she knew him, and when, assuming command of local forces after gorillalike minions of the Vaylen attack, she calls for the larger forces he commands, he alone comes but dodges requests for counsel. Valiantly leading her outnumbered forces, Sheva is twice saved by the muscular teenage farmboy who first reported the Vaylen attackers. Romantically, Sheva is torn between the count, the boy, and her husband, and she is again nearly killed before the scales fall from her eyes about all three men. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

One of the things one least expects to find in a space opera is an excerpt from a grand opera. But the final chapter of this book is prefaced by a quotation from Der Rosenkavalier. Indeed, heroine Ahmi Sheva seems modeled after Strauss's Marschallin. Each is a noblewoman who, unhappily married to a military officer, takes a young lover: the Marschallin to Octavian, and Ahmi to a farm boy turned soldier, Hardi Degas. Both women feel world-weary and old, though Ahmi doesn't look more than 30. Each foresees that her new amour will eventually leave her for a girl his own age, and, indeed, Degas falls in love with his young countrywoman Una. The parallel to Strauss gives Moeller's story what emotional depth it has. Otherwise, this is just a standard issue sci-fi war story depicting the familiar situation of a future in which humans have colonized other worlds but are menaced by an evil alien empire. The enemy, the Vaylen, are parasitic worms that link with their hosts' minds, evoking memories of Robert Heinlein's The Puppet Masters or even Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Moeller's painted artwork is handsome but rarely distinctive. It's as if he is trying to squeeze the mature sensibility of Rosenkavalier into the adolescent monster-hunting warfare of Heinlein's Starship Troopers-and it's not a good fit. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved