To Slay A Dragon: Rising Sun #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Chiyoko, Yumiko, Katsuo, Takara, Hotaru, and Jun are representatives of six clans united to fight monsters across the land. Right now they face a powerful dragon who has bitten and injected its venom into Brother Jun, incapacitating him and putting him on the path towards oblivion. Chiyoko, the leader of this team, fears for Jun’s life and readies a retreat to save him. However, Takara charges in carelessly to face the dragon and Chiyoko has to save her life. Takara disdains Chiyoko and this doesn’t change her perception of her fearless leader. Despite everything, the dragon is pacified, and the team is able to go find help for Brother Jun.

Rising Sun #1 cover by Martin Coccolo and Katrina Mae Hao
Rising Sun #1 cover by Martin Coccolo and Katrina Mae Hao

Rising Sun #1 introduces the reader to a team of powerful warriors intent on saving the land from rampant monsters unleashed by the disappearance of the kami. It’s a team composed of conflicting personalities and even clans and Chiyoko has her work cut out for her in uniting this team.
To the book’s credit, I hadn’t realized that this is based off a tabletop game until the end of the book. Ron Marz and David Rodriguez make the book so immediately grabbing, creative, and exciting that you wouldn’t think that this is based upon any pre-existing property.
The personalities are well-introduced too. You get a grasp on the identity of each member of the team immediately and the threat they face is compelling.
The comic drops the reader right into the action right away too. The fight with the dragon begins on the first page. Brother Jun’s plight follows from there.
Rising Sun #1 art by Martin Coccolo, Katrina Mae Hao, and letterer Deron Bennett
Rising Sun #1 art by Martin Coccolo, Katrina Mae Hao, and letterer Deron Bennett

Artist Martin Coccolo skillfully renders the action, making each scene exciting, dynamic, and compelling. The characters are expressive and visually distinct. Katrina Mae Hao’s color work is vibrant and visually interesting too, making this an aesthetically grabbing read.
Rising Sun #1 is an enjoyable opening issue for this IDW mini-series. We are introduced into a warrior team dedicated to fighting monstrous threats, even if they distrust one another instinctively. It’s a damn solid book and easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Rising Sun #1 comes to us from writers Ron Marz and David Rodriguez, artist Martin Coccolo, color artist Katrina Mae Hao, letterer Deron Bennett, cover artist Martin Coccolo with Katrina Mae Hao, and variant cover artist Chieh Ying Yo.
Final Score: 8/10

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