Vol 3: Flame War, illustrated by Chris Samnee, colored by Matt Wilson
After the attack in his family, Owen decides that there will be no stopping the barrage of ninjas from coming, so he decides to travel to the Temple of the Scorched Earth to get involved in the fight once again. A fierce ninja lady attacks Owen on the plane but bursts into snakes just as he’s about to fireball her into oblivion. No one in the Scorched Earth clan has any idea who she could have been or how she disappeared. The Scorched Earth clan attacks the Temple of the Flaming Fist, with the help of some of Owen’s old foes and a couple friends. The two sides clash in an epic battle that finally brings us into the chamber of the dragon everyone talks so much about, but what they find there isn’t what anyone expected.
This series is definitely has its share of fight scenes and impressive, heroic maneuvers from Owen. There is a huge complication introduced in this volume that would be way too spoiler-y to talk about, but it's definitely something that will keep some readers hooked on the series. I am super intrigued by snake-lady and how she plays into all of this. My main hold-up right now is that several of the characters look very similar to each other (mainly Owen and Ma Guang), so it's a little hard to keep them straight within the story and from volume to volume. We got a little bit of development on Owen's daughter in the form of her freaking out and yelling at everyone all the time, but the son is still a pretty basic background character. There is a big cast, so providing enough depth on all of them is, I feel, going to continue to be challenging for Kirkman. Overall, this still still a solid adventure story that shares similarities with the superhero genre that will appeal to fans from a variety of readerships.
Sara’s Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
ISBN: 9781534319080 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Superheroes, Magic, Image Comics
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