REVIEW: ‘Sera & the Royal Stars,’ Issue #4

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Sera & The Royal Stars #4

Sera & The Royal Stars is a beautiful and immersive fantasy series from Vault Comics, written by Jon Tsuei, with art from Audrey Mok, colors from Raúl Angulo, and letters by Jim Campbell. If you haven’t picked up the series before, Sera & The Royal Stars has offered up a hero’s journey centered around Sera, the Princess of Parsa and their most talented warrior. Inspired by Indo-Iranian myth and culture, this series is a beautiful story that has pushed Sera into the role of a champion on a quest to save the Royal Stars, and restore the changing of the seasons and save the world.

Last issues, after a clash with the minions of Draco, Sera, Aldebaran, and Antares were left scattered and separated in the land of dreams. Reunited, Sera & The Royal Stars #4 sees Sera travel the depths of the Underworld with no means of escape while the minions of Draco close in on them. Their only hope is that the Council of Gods offers a way out for the Royal Stars, or that they can hold the minions off long enough for Sera to escape and complete her goal.

Sera & The Royal Stars #4  has everything. This issue features, action, emotion, and world-building, the latter of which has been one of the largest strengths. Tsuei has showcased his ability to build out a vast fantasy world with exposition that works and never feels to bogged down by using Sera as a proxy for the reader. This has worked in every instance of learning about the god of Parsa and beyond. This is furthered when Sera is taught about the beginning of the world.

Sera & The Royal Stars #4

Additionally, Mok’s art is gorgeous when both dealing with close-ups where every piece of fabric and costume can be detailed and when it presents wide-the shots with detailed backgrounds and small refined figures that are equally as beautiful.

There is power to Mok’s art that is translated in the dynamic fight scenes and accentuated by Angúlo’s vibrant colors. Each world that the Sera and the Royal Stars have passed through is unique in and of itself, showcase the vastness of the world that the creative team has brought to life.

Every character is beautifully designed, with every piece of their costume and stylings from their hair and body markings to skin color and weaponry crafted with care, creating a story just for them. The beauty of this series can’t be understated and as Sera moves through the underworld, not only does that beauty increase but so do the stakes.

Overall, Sera & The Royal Stars #4 is perfection. Of all the fantasies I’ve read in the past ten years, Sera & The Royal Stars is one that I desperately want to see adapted and kept alive long after the comic run concludes. This hero’s journey is familiar while also being jam-packed with new ideas, concepts, and myths.

Sera & The Royal Stars #4 is available where comics are sold.

Sera & The Royal Stars #4
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TL;DR

Sera & The Royal Stars #4 is perfection. Of all the fantasies I’ve read in the past ten years, Sera & The Royal Stars is one that I desperately want to see adapted and kept alive long after the comic run concludes. This hero’s journey is familiar while also being jam-packed with new ideas, concepts, and myths.