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Review: Dragon Prince #3

Posted by Luke Brown On December - 1 - 2008

Another issue of Top Cow’s latest fantasy tale, Dragon Prince, hit shelves last week. Curious to see if Ron Marz and Lee Moder’s tale is still worth reading? Hit the jump to find out.

Dragon Prince #3
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Lee Moder
Cover Art: Jeff Johnson, Brandon Peterson

Fantasy stories are tricky. It’s tough to do something that hasn’t been done before, and it’s just as tough to put a new spin on an old story. So far in Dragon Prince, we have a young boy named Aaron, who is a half-human, half-dragon who just found out about his heritage. Almost as soon as he finds out, a Dragon Hunter arrives to take Aaron and his mother away to some hidden palace (think K’un L’un) for what appears to be a terrible fate.

This issue picks up with Aaron and his mother captive at the palace of the Magi, the order of magicians who are trying to eliminate all dragons. Marz’s pacing has always been one of his strong points, and in an issue which takes place primarily in one setting, he moves the story along nicely. Aaron’s coming into his own as a character, and Marz delivers some solid characterization for the kid in just a few moments.

While Lee Moder may not be a household name when it comes to comic artists, he’s certainly more than capable of telling a story. Characters look good, and their expressions convey what they’re feeling perfectly. The only gripe I have at all is with the design of Aaron when he turns into a dragon. I think he looks a little strange, but that may have more to do with the way I think a human/dragon hybrid should look like than Moder’s actual work.

Dragon Prince continues to be a pretty good tale. When I spoke to Ron at the Baltimore Comic Con, he told me there were plenty of stories in this universe to be told as long as people wanted to read them. I’m glad he and Lee are prepared for more, because I certainly am.


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