Ever since Chris ‘Crazyhouse’ Miller shared with me that he was working on a Sword and Soul graphic novel I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival. Now I can finally say it’s here. The Chronicles of Piye: Inheritance is the first issue of a new Sword and Soul graphic novel by Chris Miller and Richard E. Gaskin. It tells the story of Piye, a young warrior in training who has been plagued by the same dream that depicts the defeat of Shabaka, his older brother, by the evil warrior Toksa. Piye learns from his mother and father that the dream is part of a prophecy that he must fulfill. And that’s all I’m telling.
What I will say is that I love the way Chris depicts Piye’s homeland of Kerma. The story is set in the timeline of ancient Kemet, more specifically in the land known as Nubia or Kush, depending on your sources or preference. The look of the book is lush and vibrant, and I love how Chris uses colors to enhance and emphasize settings and emotions. This is obviously a project that is near and dear to him and it comes through in the powerful and prideful way he illustrates his characters and interprets Richard’s prose. My only complaint it that it’s too short. But I understand; drawing a graphic novel is a time consuming process, especially when you’re producing something as vivid and and well crafted as Chronicles of Piye. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next issue.
Chris was kind enough to share images of his characters as he developed this story, which fueled my anticipation of its release. The detail and dedication was apparent from day one. The result is a great book worth following.
The more time I spend with Sword and Soul the more impressed I am with creators like Chris and Richard who are adapting our history and stories into books like this. I highly recommend you pick up your copy and join this journey from the beginning. I myself am anxious to see where it leads.
You can get you copy of Chronicles of Piye here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/richard-gaskin-and-chris-miller/the-chronicles-of-piye-chapter-1-inheritance/ebook/product-20595773.html