Dominion’s Light by Brandon Easton and Jeff Stokely
“The Quest for the Key!”
Dominion’s Light is Warhammer meets Akira with a dash of Escaflowne added for good measure.
One generation after a cataclysmic war across the Dominion of Graid’yan (pronounced GRAY-ID-AYAN), three young adventurers are brought together by fear, betrayal, and disgrace, to stop an upcoming apocalypse set in place by a madman who seeks to remake the world in his own twisted image.
Dominion’s Light is a single 200-page full-color graphic novel – a stand-alone tale relating an epic quest to determine the future of a war-torn world. Writer Brandon Easton has built an intricate new world in Graid’yan, a planet populated with fully realized races, continents, and histories.
Advanced technology and high sorcery have developed side by side, resulting in an apt melding of the two: we see complex airships that are actually aborted dragon fetuses; sniper rifles that use bullets made of dried tears of Titans; cities built on shining stalks of organic ice; rivers made of colonies of slugs.
The art by Jeff Stokely is a perfect fit for this panorama. High fantasy and hard sci-fi are equally, elegantly illustrated under his pen. The action is captivating, the color multi-faceted and textured, and Stokely’s use of blacks adds just the right Gothic addition to the picture.
On the world of GRAID’YAN, across the six continents that comprise THE DOMINION, a team of adventurers are put on a quest to discover a mystical device known as the KEY ULTIMA that is believed to unlock the cosmic energy forces of the CYCLEAN BIBLE.
They are RESO, a warrior betrayed by his own father; HAMMERIUS REX, an exiled prince of a Lizardman kingdom; and KYSHIA, an innocent teenage girl facing execution for fear of being a witch. But leading the charge for the Key Ultima is the sinister LORD VALGON, leader of the Valgonath Reapers – a merciless horde of quasi-daemon soldiers whose very existence hides a dark secret about the history of the Dominion.
Because Graid’yan is still healing from the last global war, the people of the Dominion do not suspect that a new onslaught is upcoming – as the Valgonath Reapers tear the world into pieces in search of the key! Can our small trio of heroes forge a new future for the Dominion? Or will evil win, as it often, truly does?