Seven to Eternity Vol. 1: The God of Whispers

Written by Rick Remender; Drawn by Jerome Opeña; Color art by Matt Hollingsworth

Image Comics, 2017

Remender and Opeña introduce a new fantasy world here, a strange combination of Western and high fantasy elements. A bit reminiscent of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's East of West, but only in general outline. The titular God of Whispers has a gift: he can offer anyone their heart's desire in exchange for a psychic connection. He can see what his agents see, hear what they hear. So paranoia is rampant; everyone feels like there are spies in their house.

Adam Osidis is dying, and his family is disgraced. He must choose between joining a desperate order of magical warriors and mercenaries in their bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting the God's promise to give him everything he's ever dreamed of. He is a member of the Mosak, a race in which everyone has a particular magical gift. 

There is a lot of world building in these first issues--including text pieces that introduce several of the issues--but there is plenty of action, as well. That action culminates in the Seven taking the God prisoner. If he is killed outright, all of the millions of people psychically connected to him would also die. So what looked like a revolutionary action against a tyrant becomes an odyssey to permanently remove him from power. The tyrant is not without power, or allies: in fact it appears that two members of the company may already have been eliminated by the end of this opening arc.

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