John Pozner always knew he was special; that his athletic abilities and fighting skills were far from human. But with a broken childhood, drug addictions, and a criminal record on his plate, he’s already fought more than his share of battles for one lifetime.
Or so he hoped…
Woken to his true angelic nature, John quickly finds himself at the centre of an apocalyptic war – one that could spell the end of existence as we know it – with no choice but to train in order to confront the holy destiny he never asked for.
But with scheming politicians, demonic factions and forces older than time itself vying against him, it looks like this ‘true-blooded’ bruiser has his work cut out for him!
Stories of the war between good and evil doesn’t get much older than angels versus demons. Quite often, humans are caught right in the middle of that conflict and for the most part completely unaware. In the first volume of 13 Coins, we are thrown right into the battle where one man could very well determine the outcome.
At one time, John Pozner could have had it all with his well above average athleticism, but it was all lost in a drug scandal. Since then, life hasn’t been any more glorious or happy, save for the woman he loves. Once again, that was all lost as he is pulled into an ongoing battle between the descendants of angels known as the Son, and the horde of demon spawn called The Fallen that is covering the planet. Both sides are fighting for control over the terrible 13 coins, crafted from a piece of the chain holding the original traitor angel Semyaza captive. Both sides also want control over John, as he is a Firstborn true blood also descending from the angel bloodline. It is why he is always been so strong and could easily be what tips the scale to either sides favor.
With a book of such epic scale, it practically begs to give us just as powerful artwork as the story provides. Fortunately, the award winning legendary artist Simon Bisley is on board and does just that. It is so gritty and violent, yet done incredibly clean and very detailed. The one thing I wasn’t a fan of was the change of style from the first part of the volume. I really like the one used early on, and also what was used for the rest, but a change in style isn’t unheard of so I got over it quick enough.
The first volume was a really good view into this new story of the ultimate fight between good and evil happening right in our world. It was left with one hell of a cliffhanger and definitely leaves you with a desire to see what happens next. Even if you don’t end up being won over by the story, the art will sell you for sure and for both components is not a waste of a new purchase at all.
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