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Dark Engine. Volume 1, The art of destruction
Burton, Ryan.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, [2015]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
"The story of Sym, a brutal female warrior born by blood and fury - a warrior who is humanity's hope against a world where dead men's ashes rain down from the sky, ..." - from page [4] cover.
General Note:
Originally published in single magazine form as Dark engine #1-4. -- from verso.
Reading Level:
Rated M for mature.
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"If you're a fan of Conan and Red Sonja andwish they'd appear in a Lovecraftian tale, this is probably the book foryou." -- Kirkus

The worldis cracked and in ruin. The air is full of dead men's ashes, fallen colossismother the earth with their decayed husks, and infectious monsters roam freely.In their desperation, a group of alchemists have created a killer named Sym fromobscene magic, outfitting her with an engine that will allow her to travel backin time to stop whatever it was that made their world so. But the alchemistsdon't realize that the engine is sentient, that their unstoppable killer ispowered by the seed of their destruction.

Newcomers Ryan Burton and John Bivenspresent the opening arc to what industry veteran JH Williams III ( Sandman:Overture , Batwoman , Promethea ) describes as "an otherworldlyhorrific poetic movement that is immediately immersive."

Collects Dark Engine #1-4.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In their first collaboration, Burton and Bivens have created an earth gone wrong, where the globe is swarming with nightmarish demons and humanity's only hope for salvation lies in the hands of a time-traveling topless homicidal savant known simply as Sym. As the alchemists who created her wait for Sym to kill "the enemy" and restore the world to its true nature, the last dragon-in this world flightless-quests for a monstrous steed to pilot. Burton's narrative is a complex beast, much like Bivens's creatures themselves. Readers may need to look back frequently to make sense of the story, which reads mostly as a prologue to the second volume. Very little of this world's lore is explained, leaving readers to muddle through until things become clearer at the 11th hour. This is the book's greatest failing, as too little is told for the reader to fully understand what is being shown. Fortunately, backtracking is another opportunity to soak up Bivens's intriguing, Paul Pope-influenced pencils. The action can be hard to follow-compounding the puzzlement brought on by Burton's script-but the scenes are beautifully set, resulting in a confounding but intriguing introduction. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.