A Distant Soil, Volume 1: The Gathering

A Distant Soil, Volume 1: The Gathering

by Colleen Doran


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  • The first new edition of the A Distant Soil series since 1987:
    240-pages of story and art completely restored and remastered with new cover art and all new interior design.
  • A teen brother and sister, Jason and Liana, are confined to a mental hospital where they are the subject of secret government experiments. They escape their prison only to be pursued by supernatural forces, strange alien people, and creatures with unique powers. Separated and kidnapped by two different factions of warring worlds, they learn they are the children of a race of powerful and ageless psychic beings. The brother and sister are then used by both factions of these alien forces to unknowingly battle against one another.
  • Combining the sci-fi space opera of Star Wars, the grand romance of
    Twilight, and the visual opulence of Final Fantasy, the A
    Distant Soil
    saga finds Liana forced to ascend to the throne of the alien world. Her unique power makes her a living weapon of mass destruction, the first line of defense for the corrupt alien government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607067870
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Distant Soil (Image Comics) , #1
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

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A Distant Soil, Volume 1: The Gathering 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
stephmo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The origins of Colleen Doran's epic graphic novel first began when she was twelve. When we're twelve, that voice telling us that we shouldn't mix in governmental kidnapping plots with alien heritages and psychically linked siblings, political dealings of other worlds, Arthurian legend, a touch of an after school special and a slight dash of a Melrose Place designer-sabotage B-plot together to make an epic fantasy story. No, when we get older, that voice tells us such a mixture will just go really wrong really fast.Thank goodness Colleen plowed onward without that voice. As muddled as all of that sounds, A Distant Earth manages to take all of these various plots and weave them into Liana and Jason's story. The Gathering really offers a background into their story, beginning with breaking Liana out of a mental hospital where she's been held captive most of her life. As Jason and Liana believe they're escaping the worst of things, they discover that their problems are just beginning when it's revealed that they're half alien and key to ending a political struggle in which they'll quickly become pawns.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finding this series again has been a bit of a shock because I have not seen it since the 1980's and thought it was long gone. What a great pleasure to have it back in my hands. The artist has changed a lot since the early days, but for the better, in my opinion. The book beings with a girl and a boy who are held captive in a mental hospital. They are not insane, but they are being held there to study their psychic powers, and they are more prisoner than lab rat. The people running the Institution fear them, and it quickly becomes apparent why. Liana, the little girl, has extremely dangerous powers, and on her brother's order, she uses them to break out. As they escape, they run into people who are shooting at them. Before long, we learn that these people are really aliens trying to track Liana down. She has a power that is so dangerous that she can't be allowed to live. Liana is able to escape her pursuers, but Jason is captured. This starts the tale rolling, as Liana is recruited by one faction of this alien world, and Jason by another. This will eventually set them against each other. Magic and more aliens, and some other humans in the mix as well, and this is an entertaining read, quite unique in comics, in my humble opinion. I don't get why this book has an adult rating on this site. Didn't appear to have any serious adult material, certainly not more than books like Sandman. that's weird. Actually, it has substantially LESS adult material than in Sandman. This book hardly had anything stronger than a swear word or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is this teenageish girl who throws tantrums; when that happens the effects are felt far and wide, impinging upon an interstellar group which feels that they own the monopoly on such things. So, they set out to locate and corral her. We soon learn that the tantrums have psionic overtones, with telepathy, teleportation, telekinesis and pyrotics thrown in for good measure. Not unexpectedly, these creatures have their own social and political organization embodying an extensive empire with its own cabals, treachery and intrigue. As the story opens, the girl has been granted an indoor picnic with here slightly older, but still teenaged, brother; a picnic which does not go at all as the keepers of the medical facility where they are confined expect. Violence ensues, and they find themselves out on the street as fugitives. During the ensuying chase many of the characters for the forthcoming drama make their appearances. That such a diverse assortment of personages, even including a white knight and his horse conjured from mythical Avalon, is presented,is not only bewildering but obviously needs a fair bit of explaining. Presumably characters are introduced into a drama for some purpose, which entails eventually explaining who they all are, where they came from, and an obligation to use them and their peculiar characteristics somewhere in the story. Evidently we are in for a long, long story with fairly byzantine plotting, which is why the first volume is merely entitled 'The Gathering.' Of course, a good part of this preparation involves establishing the extent and diversity of the empire lying behind the scenes. The physical and structural makeup of this world also has to be set forth: what machines do they use, what clothes do they wear (or not wear), what are their religious and moral custome, how do they manage with omnipresent telepathic eavesdropping, and so on? This is where a graphic novel has advantages over mere text and allows an illustrator to display their talents, although it places a burden on the reader to keep everyone and everything straight and to assimilate a feel for the places and environments in which they move.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This action comic book is good. All the people in it are really neat. If u don't pay attention to what all the people are saying you kinda can get confused so easily. but other then that the images are great and ect. Keep up the great work Colleen Doran!