Sera & The Royal Stars is the newest title from Vault Comics, written by Jon Tsuei with art by Audrey Mok. To quote the solicit, “Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops’ need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars–now trapped on earth–and save her people from dearth and death.”
The solicit itself is enough to be interesting but at the same time it doesn’t do the book justice. The book is about Sera, a princess of Parsa and current General, who in the midst of battle finds out she has a much greater destiny ahead of her than being either one. After receiving the vision she leaves her parents and her siblings to travel across the land in search of the Royal Stars. Before you reach the end of the book you have been introduced to her family, a mysterious pair who definitely give you that evil baddie vibe, the leaders on the other side of the civil war, a race of Dragon men and the first of the Royal Stars. As you can tell, we’re introduced to a lot of characters but none of them feel forced or rushed in any way, which gives the book nice pacing.
Jon Tsuei has crafted a tale that feels somehow familiar while also having the elements of it woven together in such a way that leaves you eagerly turning the page to see what’s next.
Audrey Mok’s art is a wonderful compliment to the writing. The characters and variety of landscapes are well drawn. The art strikes me as a blend of American and certain manga styles and works really well. I was even impressed by the attention to detail such as one panel when we see Sera at a distance during a battle aiming her bow and arrow and we can still see the bowstring that was drawn by the artist, something I’ve seen artists too many times not bother with, and on closer views at that.
Sera & The Royal Stars by Jon Tsuei and Audrey Mok makes an excellent addition to any fantasy fan’s comic collection and to the fantasy genre itself in general. 10/10