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Old blood feuds rise up from the past to haunt the ruling family of Karsgate Keep. Young Lady Elena must defy convention and assume her father's role, facing forces that threaten Akhara from outside its borders, and worse yet, from within. Collects FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS #1-6...

Title : From Under Mountains
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ISBN : 9781632159441
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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From Under Mountains Reviews

  • Sara
    2018-10-17 13:11

    This is a slow burn fantasy graphic novel that is just epically beautiful to look at. In Akhara the world stands on the edge of a knife. Lord Crow of Karsgate Keep, an isolated holding on the edge of the mountains, is all that stands between Akhara and the mysterious race of magical goblins who live under the mountains. Though both lands are at peace now it wouldn't take much to shift the balance back to a bloody war. When tragedy strikes Karsgate Lord Crow's daughter Lady Elena sees an opportunity to shift off the oppressive yoke of subservience and docility that is the role of women in her world and strike out on a real adventure. But there is more at stake. An ancient blood feud sparked by a terrible choice made by her father in his youth will force her to face more than she bargained for when she dreamed of a great escape.Like I said this is a slow burn but its just so damn beautiful I'd just as soon the authors take their sweet time telling their story. There's a majesty to the art and to the characters that blends a sort of Native American mysticism with a Tolkienesque story telling style that just works really, really well. The colors are amazingly rich, twilight's are deep purples with just a touch of blue and the days are full of amber colored skies. You can almost feel the texture of the characters clothes. This is one of those graphic novels where the art is the story as much as the words are.Its as if the characters are going through the steps of a courtly dance, masks firmly in place, and all the while their passions, dreams, and darkest desires are churning inside them ready to fly out and wreck havoc as soon as they have the chance.Though the issues in this volume are definitely more of a set up for things to come I was still totally enraptured with this. The stirrings of clandestine romance, the GOT plots within plots within plots, mysterious, half seen creatures and dark magic hiding in the wings, this just had everything I look for in really great fantasy with the always welcome bonus of strong female characters who seize their destinies and grab hold to power usually reserved only for the men. What can I say I like a little Red Sonya with my Conan...And can I just say a great big thanks for an entire series with a non-white cast of characters? About damn time.

  • Skye Kilaen
    2018-11-08 19:00

    I wish I had smarter things to say about this graphic novel because I'm quite taken with it. To be honest, I really pre-ordered this just to support more diverse comics. I thought it would be, y'know, fine? But then it totally swept me away. Political intrigue and the paranormal! A dark plot full of tortured people and strong, interesting female characters! Rich colors and the masterful use of panels! (If you've read it too, can we geek out together about the page with the bird falling out of the sky? Okay thanks!)Why doesn't this book have more buzz around it? The art is a bit weak, but the colors and panel design more than make up for it, and it's such a refreshing change to read a fantasy world not based on Europe and full of white people.

  • Grace Troxel
    2018-10-29 21:18

    This review originally appeared on my blog, Books Without Any Pictures: Under Mountains is a fantasy graphic novel starring a teenage princess who chafes against the role assigned to her by her gender. Lady Elena longs for adventure and to know more about the world beyond the palace, but her father Lord Crowe sees her as nothing but a pawn to be married off for political gain.When tragedy strikes the royal family, Lord Crowe falls into a depression, and Lady Elena finds herself at the reigns of the kingdom. Because she’s been underestimated for so long though, she doesn’t have the background knowledge or the skills to understand the big picture, and there are many people who seek to take advantage of her. Meanwhile, a witch is conjuring spirits from beyond the grave that threaten to upset the balance.I have so many feelings about this book:The art is gorgeous, and filled with vibrant autumn colors.At the same time, many of the characters look very similar, and it can be hard to tell them apart.Requires a lot of work on the part of the reader to piece together what’s going on.Sometimes characters’ flash green. It’s probably symbolic of something, but I’m not quite sure what.In terms of pacing, the story meanders like a lazy spring through a forest. It isn’t rushed in the least.I love seeing fantasy that isn’t just another permutation of medieval Europe.Witchcraft and otherworldly eldritch beings make me happy.My general taste in comics runs toward high concept fantasy/horror with a lot of worldbuilding (or, as Mike tells me, I’m really just a comic book hipster). In general, I enjoyed From Under Mountains, despite its flaws. There were a lot of elements that I greatly enjoyed, especially the blend of witchcraft and statecraft. I also felt like this volume barely scratched the surface of a much larger world, and am eager to learn more about it.

  • Maggie Gordon
    2018-11-11 17:26

    From Under Mountains has beautiful art, and is a fantasy story that isn't set in white Europe. Woo! Unfortunately, it's a story I've seen dozens of times before. Political machinations, a princess who wants to be more than her society allows for, witches. Nothing in this was very new, nor did I get a good sense of the world that it was building, other than generic soft fantasy. Hopefully it grows into something more interesting in future volumes.

  • Laura Wattie
    2018-11-04 20:06

    From Under Mountains by Claire Gibson and Marian Churchland is a rather slow moving fantasy story that takes place in a world that clearly have links in Africa, Middle East and India. It's a place where you can hear the wind over the deserts and the whispers of the gods. Rather than fall the tropes of the genre, FUM's makes a story of quieter stories of grief, witchcraft and political dealings. While I did enjoy it, it needed a large set piece to shake up especially later in the story.

  • jenni
    2018-11-09 19:12

    what a brilliant new series to get into, just in time for 2017 and the current phase of my comic-drought. gorgeous coloring, a magical mise en scène, both combined with a compellingly constructed geography + a female and poc-driven narrative, this presents something new and removed from the series I've been reading lately and makes me excited to watch for what's to come.

  • Darnell
    2018-11-02 18:24

    This appears to be an interesting world and potentially an interesting story, but it suffers from a weak start. It gives you a large number of events, but not enough context surrounding them for the events to really engage. What we do get clearly are some fairly traditional story structures, and sadly the first volume ends before they actually reach the meeting.

  • Raina
    2018-11-03 20:03

    Ugh, I was disappointed! It sounded great, but I found it hard to follow, with wooden dialogue, and ultimately forgettable. Good points: Full color illustrations, and characters who aren't white-skinned.Sad.

  • Catherine
    2018-11-14 15:07

    I read the first comic for this series when it came out and have been looking forward to the collection ever since. Good writing and world building, complex characters, good-looking art. I'm looking forward to reading the next collection.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-10 14:58

    So I'll be honest I think I get kind of the general story line but it is a bit confusing for me. But I'm really hear for the MAGNIFICENT ART! Oh my gods I could spend days singing the praises of the style and colors! THE ART! I'm just so in love with the art!

  • Richard Franklin
    2018-10-24 17:18

    Took a little bit to get into the rhythm and recognizing the characters, but I really liked it. Hope there's more on the way.

  • Travis Mueller
    2018-10-25 13:58

    Another very random discovery for me. While I was away from the station I was working at, someone else checked in this book and sent it off to fill a hold. The title intrigued me, but all I could discover was that it was a graphic novel with a fantasy setting. That was enough for me to place a hold on it.This is a promising start to a story, but it is fairly slow-moving and full of intrigue, so a little hard to get a full sense of things at this point. I look forward to more entries. I especially like the world-building material at the end, like the descriptions of the gods and the stories told about them. I kind of wish there was a story out there that was just about someone collecting myths and cultural insights, as happens in a middle part of The Left Hand of Darkness.The art is generally nice, but I wish it could all be as good as the covers/chapter breaks. It is generally good, but there are times when the background is insufficiently detailed, and it feels distracting. And I had difficulty at times telling some characters apart or consistently identifying characters, especially in the very beginning.

  • Mark CC
    2018-10-27 13:16

    There might be something here! It starts with a map and a royal family arguing with itself, in pretty traditional high fantasy fashion. The plot tends to jump around a lot from there, and even though the art did a really good job of making the characters distinguishable (without relying on hair color as the comic book trope so often goes), I still hard a hard time figuring out what was going on.The problem is that like so many other Vol. 1s, there's a lot of set up, some intriguing and some that falls flat for not being able to tell who was what, and zero payoff. This is fine for a comics series in general but if we're writing decompressed stories for the trades, then I have to have some story beyond Act I Scene I in the first trade. The big deal at the end of this volume is essentially that "Lady Elena will assume her father's role" which it literally says in the solicitation text.

  • Shannon Appelcline
    2018-10-22 18:00

    An interesting fantasy comic that puts its protagonists on a good 'ole quest, but also approaches questions of balance, vengeance, and the patriarchy. It's a very nice mix of fantasy tropes with real issues.The art is absolutely beautiful, but also the main issue with the comic as it's sometimes muddy and makes it hard to distinguish among the many characters. Interesting storytelling full of insightful flashbacks also furthers this muddying.I'm hoping that a second reading will involve less staring and staring, trying to figure out who's who, but nonetheless I'll definitely pick up another volume when and if it comes out. (Though one story ends in this volume, we're just getting started with others.)

  • Travis Duke
    2018-11-07 20:13

    Rough start to a fantasy series that deals with family, politics, and magic in "From under mountains" It starts with a crap load of names, mythology, and lore that really slow the story. Mid way I was ready to close it but it slowly starts to make sense and by the end it is just OK. The artist did no favors with character creation and gives them all a very similar look that also hurts the book. The story focuses on a shadowy monster that kills a prince and leaves the kingdom unsettled. I was intrigued by the end but I doubt I will look for vol.2

  • Michelle
    2018-11-03 15:26

    The artwork is lovely, but the male characters are a bit difficult to visually distinguish from one another until you get towards the end. This led to a bit of confusion in the beginning. This is a slow starting story, with lots of groundwork for bigger plots being laid. I'm excited most by setup for lots of political intrigue. I'm slightly wary of a couple of story lines that seem as though they might be leading towards romance. (You, of course, might feel exactly the opposite.) All in all, I'm intrigued, it was pretty, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-22 14:16

    Gorgeous, luscious fantasy comic. The paneling is some of the most beautiful, enthralling work I've seen in comics. With great world-building, shown-not-told historical and religious conflicts, and a variety of implied cultures and races, this could be an excellent series. I do wish for stronger characterization, and an easier time determining when story lines jump, but I can't have it all, I guess. It's darn amazing as it is.

  • Rod Brown
    2018-10-23 13:25

    I might have enjoyed this rather generic fantasy more if the writer had not held back what exactly was going on for so long and if I hadn't had some difficulty distinguishing between the male characters in the artwork. By the end of the collection things started to gel just enough that I might consider picking up the second volume if I come across it at the library, especially since a new artist will be taking over.

  • Sonja P.
    2018-10-28 20:07

    The colors and the art in this reminds me a lot of pretty deadly, and the story is epic in scope. I picked this up on a whim from the library and I don't know why I haven't heard anything about this before now

  • Shyla Colt
    2018-10-21 15:05

    I loved the imagery, but I couldn't connect with the characters. There was something in the delivery there feel flat. I wanted to be invested, but j didn't feel as if I had enough information to truly care.

  • Laura
    2018-11-15 15:11

    Beautiful art, intriguing world-building, if slightly incomplete.

  • Joe
    2018-11-02 17:17

    This art is incredibly gorgeous.

  • Larakaa
    2018-10-31 13:02

    Gorgeous art, almost every panel a painting, and a captivating mystical fantasy story.

  • Sandra
    2018-11-01 15:07

    sloane is so good at panel composition 😮

  • Erin
    2018-11-10 14:01

    I wanted to love this. The coloring is gorgeous, but the characters look too similar and the story is too muddled that it’s utterly confusing.

  • Christopher
    2018-11-12 20:08

    The story was decent, but the art was gorgeous!

  • Amanda
    2018-11-10 13:17

    Is there more? The artistry is beautiful, but I feel the story needs more.

  • PJ Ebbrell
    2018-10-31 16:06

    A slightly different fantasy setting that the usual medieval/renaissance hybrid. All the better for it. The colour was fantastic as were some of the page layout.

  • Michael
    2018-11-06 15:22

    A few weeks ago I finished From Under Mountains, a middle-eastern themed fantasy comic written by Claire Gibson and Marian Churchland and drawn by Sloane Leung. It tells the story the ruling family of Karsgate Keep, a mountainous fortress on the edge of the kingdom of Akhara. In the aftermath Lady Elena defies her grieving father to assume his role in an ancient trading tradition between the people of Akhara and the goblins that live in the mountains beyond, in order to keep Akhara safe. This comic book, published by Image Comics, has received rave reviews since it's release in 2016. And I can understand why. The artwork is incredibly beautiful and the story was thoughtful and whimsical. It was unlike any other comic I've read, and almost felt like a progression of movie stills, or a storyboard, with it's simplistic artwork and detail to environment. For example the story ambles forward overtop a number of panels depicting a bird flying over the landscape, or the wind brushing past grass. Instead of concentrating on characters and moving from scene to scene with their dialogue, it dances between scenes with beautiful artwork and delicate scenery. Despite the incredible artwork, beautiful colouring, and delicate story, something about this story was lacking - the characters. In the dull, slow moving pace of the comic and limited dialogue, the character development and interactions with one another definitely suffer. I never once felt connected to any of the characters and to be honest they all sort of faded into the background beneath the beautiful artworks and barren world. The slow burning story also seemed to ditch any world-building. I want to know more about Akhara, I want to meet the goblins, I just want more. And that could stem from my love for high fantasy. One of my favourite aspects about fantasy is the world in which the story is set, and if it's not fully fleshed out, or if it feels lacking... it hinders my overall experience with the book or comic. I know it shouldn't, but it does. I just like my world-building!Will I continue on with this series? Yes, I think I will... not out of any loyalty to the characters, or a desire to see where the story goes, I'm really just interested in diving back into this artwork. It was so beautiful, I definitely recommend checking it out just for the artwork alone!---FOR MORE BOOK REVIEWS, MY NOVELS, AND PHOTOS HEAD

  • Meredith
    2018-11-01 21:23

    Really hard to follow. A lot of the characters look the same & dress similarly, sometimes I couldn't tell whether someone in a picture was male or female, and there was very little written explanation of who people were or what was happening. At the beginning is a map, but the story illustration might suddenly jump to another character in some other place, without explaining anything.