Published on February 14th, 2016 | by Richard Boom
Review: The Quest For The Time Bird HC
Having said that I jumped into this collection, thinking it was “just” a translation of a French classic, but imagine my surprise when I found out this tale was from the mid Seventies. The art, the coloring, the style and the sheer quality does not feel like a dated tale, but more like a tale that will never go out of style!
The world of Akbar is in grave danger; Ramor, the cursed god, is about to be set free and spread unending chaos! The witch Mara can bind him to his prison, a conch shell, but she needs something special… the legendary Time Bird. She charges her daughter, Pelisse, with enlisting the help of the ageing warrior Bragon, and together they set out on a quest to save the world! But all is not as it seems – Bragon is an old flame of Mara’s and Pelisse has never met her father… With a fantastical twist, The Quest of the Time Bird is an epic journey through a magical realm of monsters, mysticism and mayhem.
So much for the official synposis. In essense this is indeed the tale of a quest, where 2 guys (one old and one weak, yet both anti-heroes) and one sassy lady are in search of that one thing that might save the world as they know it. A world that is so diverse and so detailed-written and so well-thought, that it indeed needs to be saved from the dooming apocalypse.
Pelisse is a tough lady, with more then only outfits that scarcely cover her ‘assets’ during their adventures. Her curvaceous figure is the true eye-candy, but she also uses it to make sure things are going according to her own plans. I mean this not in a sexist way, but in a bodacious and brave way.
The good thing about this story is that it makes you think. Gradually half-way through the story makes a change in point of views, where readers get a chance to redefine the reading experience and go a step deeper. Adding to this an ending which a lot of readers (me included) will NOT see coming and you can bank on this being a part of your ever-lasting collection of must-haves in your man-cave (or female variant of sorts).
This story was translated from the French series “La Quete de l’Oiseau du Temps” in English in the late Eighties by NBM as “Roxanna & the Quest for the Time-Bird” in 4 volumes.
In the originating country of France there were also volumes 5-8, which serves as a prequel to the translated version.
Quest for the Time Bird
Story by Serge Le Tendre
Art by Regis Loisel
Cover by Regis Loisel
Publisher Titan Comics
Cover Price: $39.99