ADVANCED REVIEW: ‘No One Left to Fight,’ Trade Paperback

Reading Time: 3 minutes

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No One Left to Fight published by Dark Horse Comics, is written by Aubrey Sitterson, with art from Fico Ossio, and colors by Ossio along with Raciel Avila and the lettering was done by Taylor Esposito.  With the creators of No One Left to Fight mentioning that their series draws inspiration from Dragon Ball, people might expect action-packed fights on every other page. The reader will get some of that, but not until later in this collection. That is definitely not a criticism against No One Left to Fight, because although there are some very obvious similarities to Dragon Ball, the story has a lot more depth than just being about high octane fights against powerful adversaries.

Vâle the protagonist of No One Left to Fight returns home years after he saved his planet. He meets with his friends, Krysta and Timór to make a trip back to the location of his last battle. The friends do not necessarily understand why Vâle wants to make a journey back to that location, but they join him on his trek regardless. Along the way, they make a couple of stops with their former teacher, Mistress Harga and at the Arboreal Sanctum with Quon and Kaya. Throughout the story though, it appears that Vâle is not well, and is having dizzy spells that result in strange memories and visions.

Aubrey Sitterson is telling a story with characters that have a history with each other and with a shared history comes tension within the cast. It is through their dialogue that we see some of their past affecting them in the present. Timór (so far the best-written character in the series) has the tensest scenes, usually with Vâle and Mistress Harga, and it is clear that there are things yet to be fully explored that led him to his present animosity with some of the other characters (other than the fact that he’s just generally abrasive). Sitterson is writing a story that makes me interested in finding out more about the past of these characters, but also what is the illness that Vâle has and why does he want to travel back to the location of his last major fight? These are questions that will not be answered just yet in this collection, but I look forward to what Sitterson does with the story.

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It is my first time seeing Fico Ossio’s artwork and I am impressed. I hope people take the time to appreciate not only his action sequences but also the backgrounds and facial expressions during scenes where characters are doing a bit more talking. For example, Timór (Vâle’s adversarial ally) generally looks annoyed, but in a couple of scenes, Ossio shows him going from angry to angrier (usually when he’s talking to Vâle or Mistress Harga or really anyone in general besides his wife, Krysta).

It’s a strange fantasy world and this is apparent thanks to Ossio’s landscapes that consist of Mistress Harga’s home being built next to a giant flower with fungus growing around it, while pieces of land float in the sky.  Ossio also makes it easy for the reader to follow when Vâle is transitioning from reality to one of the visions caused by his affliction, by making it appear as if the border was erased from around those images. This makes the exterior of panels look cloudy and fuzzy to hint that Vâle is in a dream sequence. These scenes are also assisted by Taylor Esposito’s lettering since he colors the word balloons in these scenes blue.

It’s important to point out that Ossio colored his own artwork throughout the series, along with some assistance from Raciel Avila in chapters 3-5. The combination of Ossio’s color scheme along with his artwork elevates this book and gives it a unique look. He knows how to use the colors to add texture and shadows to the characters and backgrounds. One of the reasons why this book is eyecatching is because of Ossio’s radiant colors.

Overall, No One Left to Fight is a good lighthearted story with some drama that explores a range of emotions from its main character and cast. But along with the drama, we also get some intense kinetic fights. It’s also a graphic novel that has its story and artwork punctuated by the colors.

The No One Left to Fight TPB will be available where comics are sold on March 11, 2020.

No One Left to Fight (TPB)
4.5

TL;DR

No One Left to Fight is a good lighthearted story with some drama that explores a range of emotions from its main character and cast. But along with the drama, we also get some intense kinetic fights. It’s also a graphic novel that has its story and artwork punctuated by the colors.