The Fox Chronicles gives us a unique take on the ‘golden child from space’ origin story. Unlike Superman or Darth Vader, the ‘hero’ crash landed on Earth and its persona split in half on impact, residing in the…uh, genes, of one person in Africa and Asia. Eventually, the persona’s hosts meet up and have children around the year 2060, after 10,000 years apart. Yeah, no Tinder in the ole days *joke sting* Anyway I don’t recall Asians prehistorical people like the Turks having white hair. Might wanna check the history books on that one. *joke sting* Now born complete, the persona hides within the mind of Autumn Fox, our titular hero. Yes, you looked at the cover and thought Oh he meant Foxy Chronicles. Well yes, but actually no. Guided by the persona, Autumn trains and learns of the powers of her birthright, but her parents are worried she might be getting sucked into the wars the persona escaped from all those millennia ago.
For an origin story, it left behind the inciting action of the story for next issue, which isn’t a common thing. Usually parents die in the first issue when the first miniboss appears. I don’t think it’ll be a slow burner, but the side story of women being kidnapped and sold into sex slavery might be related to the main plot and become the hero’s first action. The art is really good with pretty fleshed out backgrounds and action scenes. The spaceships look pretty nce and tight, the armor suits looked intimidating. The slave rescue scene had such great framing it felt like it came from the storyboard of a cop show. I didn’t like some of the framing, with the stretch frames along the left and right. It made it a bit harder to read on PDF but print might be different. I don’t collect prints so I can’t say anything about the look and feel on paper.
Overall I’d say this was a really good first time effort by Tony Cade and the crew at Prime Direction Studios. Is it as good as Saga, you’re wondering? Not in story depth but it’s new and there’s a lot of time on the clock before we can make that judgement. It’s certainly better than some Marvel origin stories (looking at you, Star Brand). So I have hope it will continue to impress me. If you want to check it out, swing by this link. Challenge or this one Facebook