For me, finding a new title that I enjoy reading is one of the few things that still makes me feel like a child on X-Mas morning. It’s finding these gems that keeps me trying new books and reading comics – the idea that I will stumble upon something fascinating and original can be consuming at times. Elric: The Balance Lost Vol. 1 was one of these great discoveries for me. I was pessimistic about the title to say that least – I had little or no hope. I’m not 100% sure why I had so little faith but I did.
Obviously the creator, Michael Moorcock is popular and Elric is one of his banner characters/titles but this kind of pop-fame can at times be way blown way out of proportion. I have relatively-unintentionally avoided the character and the fame of the author. But the creator’s marketing as worked – his licensing of his character to Boom! Studios will have me checking Audible.com before I finish writing this blog post review. So what’s so great about this book that I can’t stop blabbering on about?
Elric: The Balance Lost Vol. 1 was an incredible burst of originality. Sure, it’s fantasy at heart but it’s unbound fantasy that is not tied down to the tried and blue, often confining rules of what makes fantasy great. Elric actually has a great deal in common with classic science fiction, pulling in concepts of future tech and time/space travel. Elric also does not let itself get lost in the easily imagined – there are some beautiful twists on the classic fantasy tropes. One thing that stuck out nicely to me was the use of imaginative beasts of transportation – like a giant saddled, flamingo. Anyway, one way to tell you exactly how impressed I was with this book is that I actually bought the second volume when I was at the comic book store this last Wednesday – I think that says a lot – Go read this book.