‘No One Left to Fight’ #1 Comic Review: A Stylish Joy for Fans of DBZ and Fight Manga
No One Left to Fight is an extremely promising new mini-series from Dark Horse. It’s got a bright, punchy art style, instantly likable characters, and minimal exposition.
As the comic begins, we’re immediately treated to a gorgeous splash page. One of this comic’s most distinguishable qualities is how beautifully it’s drawn and colored. There’s no doubt it will bring a smile to your face. Sometimes it’s a nice change of pace when the first issue of a comic series wastes no time showing off its spectacle instead of bogging the reader down with multiple pages of lengthy background.
Vale, an aging hero who once saved the world by defeating someone or something named Gor Despo (we don’t know too much about this being yet, but we’ve been given hints) in an epic battle is reunited with old friends. It’s implied that the world has been unthreatened for quite a while at this point and all of Vale’s companions have moved on and started their new lives. Vale, meanwhile, has not moved on – and this where the title No One Left to Fight comes in.
Dragon Ball Z is certainly an inspiration for this comic. The nods to the series are easy to pick up on and serve as an intentional salute, but not in a derivative way. The characters are charming and full of personality. Even Vale, who shares many traits with Goku, is a strong, skilled warrior who always remains friendly, polite and self-effacing. He even has the same ravenous appetite. Much of this issue feels strongly reminiscent of those lighthearted down-time moments from the show/manga we all love so much. The humor, the banter, and quips flow well and quicken our attachment to the characters.
The relationships among the characters feel genuine. Hints of bitterness, jealousy and unforgotten feelings are naturally expressed through the well-written dialogue, but it’s done in an amusing manner. None of it is very overdramatic or forced. Before long, you begin to feel as though you’ve known these characters for much longer.
It turns out the purpose for the reunion, is a favor to Vale. His friends and former companions agree (one more reluctantly than others) to investigate a suspicious crater, which also happens to be the site of his planet-saving victory. Strange things seem to be also happening to Vale. It becomes clear that something is wrong with him and it will be interesting to unpeel more of this as the story continues.
Once the fighting starts, you’ll once again be reminded of Dragon Ball Z. It has hyper-fast punching, powering up, and energy beams. Very cool stuff. And, as mentioned earlier, it’s all wonderfully drawn.
This comic is highly recommended. The fantastic art pops right out at you, it’s well paced and easy to read. It might not necessarily appeal to those who prefer a darker, more complex storyline, but if you’re looking for something upbeat with humor and witty dialogue, there’s no way you won’t enjoy this.
Will we find out what’s ailing Vale? What mysterious occurrences have him so worried about this crater? Find out next time in…No One Left to Fight!