Aria, Volume 2: The Soulmarket

Aria, Volume 2: The Soulmarket

by Jay Anacleto, Brian Holguin
     
 

The world of Kildare, expatriate princess of Faerie and star of Aria, gets turned upside down when Goodfellow, the deadly, mischievous sprite immortalized in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, comes to New York. Convinced that Goodfellow's intentions are considerably less than pure, Kildare sifts through his trail of riddles and lies, trying to figure out

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The world of Kildare, expatriate princess of Faerie and star of Aria, gets turned upside down when Goodfellow, the deadly, mischievous sprite immortalized in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, comes to New York. Convinced that Goodfellow's intentions are considerably less than pure, Kildare sifts through his trail of riddles and lies, trying to figure out just what is he up to. Her search leads to an underground soul market, where the immortal spirits of humans are bought, sold and traded - and to the memory of Kildare's long forgotten love.

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Publishers Weekly
The second Aria album collects all six chapters of an Image mini-series in an oversized volume that demands as much attention for the art as for the story-a good strategy, as it turns out. The plot alternates scenes from the social lives of New York's beautiful people with uncanny events in various fantastic worlds. Some of the beautiful people are not quite human, including Kildare, a 900-year-old princess of Faerie who runs a curio shop and hangs out with her supernatural friends. Her safe existence is disrupted by the arrival of the mischievously evil Puck, ironically using the name of Goodfellow. This part of the story is told neatly enough, but the art disappoints. Everything is drawn carefully but stiffly, as if the characters were mannequins. In the other parts of the story, though, when the fantastic dominates the scene, the art (by Roy Martinez and Lan Medina) comes alive, full of drama and glamour. At those points, Aria deserves its deluxe presentation. Unfortunately, different story elements aren't reconciled: the rules of the situation change from moment to moment. It's hard to believe, for example, that Goodfellow can put together the eponymous sale yet can't anticipate the consequences. To say he's inept because he's evil would be a cop-out, since he's survived so long already. Series creator Holguin obviously cares deeply for Kildare, but it would be nice if readers could follow her adventures without having to turn off their brains. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582403397
Publisher:
Image Comics
Publication date:
02/18/2004
Series:
Aria Series, #2
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 12.06(h) x 0.36(d)

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