The Arcane Awakening does a great, concise job explaining where loads of super-powered beings come from by tying it back to Christian mythology, it essentially becomes a Super-powered Celestial War. The pace of the story is a little fast and at times confusing but it keeps the reader focused on the developing story and new characters. While the writing is interesting, it is the art of The Arcane Awakening that really makes this title stand out. The Arcane Awakening #1 makes for an interesting introduction.Written by Dominic Riggio, The Arcane Awakening has interesting tone and details that both allow for extreme super-powered action as well as a quick development of story. Several humans find themselves endowed with God-given abilities, through their lineages – they are the descendants of angels as well as famous historical figures ranging from Alexander the Great to Jim Morrison. Several of these characters are drawn together to form both the devine and demonic sides to what becomes cataclysmic battle sequences.
While the characters of The Arcane Awakening are set up to be interesting, the story is so fast-paced that there is little time for character development that is not generally archetypal. There are also moments in the story that are outrageous, even for a comic book about super-powered descendants of angels. These scenes make The Arcane Awakening feel like a manga and at times a little silly but it also has that feeling of being what the world might actually be like if several “lucky” people suddenly found out that they were more than human.
The standout aspect to The Arcane Awakening is Jacob Crippen’s visual stylings. The book is black and white with small grey tones and lots of excellent hashing but it is the way that Crippen uses stark contrasting to set tone, action and mood that makes his art excellent work. Crippen draws everything from angelic figures, to mundane humans with emotion to raging demons; all with varying intensity where necessary. Crippen also has a wonderful sense of panel and page layout that makes each page dynamic and eye-catching.
The Arcane Awakening is an interesting read with excellent art and well worth checking out, especially if you’re interested in a super-powered celestial war.