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The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless order of magical warriors and mercenaries in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting the God's promisThe God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless order of magical warriors and mercenaries in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting the God's promise to give Adam everything he's ever dreamed of.All men have surrendered their freedom for fear; now one last free man must choose between the fate of the world and his own heart's desire. Writer Rick Remender re-teams with collaborators Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) and Matt Hollingsworth (Tokyo Ghost, Wyches) to take readers on a hard road through the strange and mind-bending fantasy world of Zhal.Collecting: Seven to Eternity #1-4...

Title : Seven to Eternity, Vol. 1: The God of Whispers
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ISBN : 9781534300613
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Seven to Eternity, Vol. 1: The God of Whispers Reviews

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-12-06 10:43

    Although the artwork was good, I felt the story was a bit uninteresting and on occasion difficult to follow. There are some interesting ideas, but it felt like a strange mashup of Tolkien and R R Martin but not as captivating. Perhaps other enjoyed it more. Sorry but maybe just not my cup of tea...

  • Jokoloyo
    2018-12-14 17:25

    The theme of this gorgeous art comic is dark fantasy mixed with some mystery and Western-like plots. So far, the story up to Volume 1 is very promising. If this series has a satisfying ending, I could re-rate this comic into 5 star.I found the explanation texts about the Zhal world as a minus. But that's me. Maybe others like some explanation in this admittedly confusing fantasy world.

  • Jedi JC Daquis
    2018-11-21 10:41

    Seven to Eternity, thanks to Jerome Opeña's undeniably great artwork also has the potential of being grand and beautiful. So I have very high hopes for Remender that he will utilize whatever stories the world of Zhal has into something worth reading and a comic series that is memorable and timeless. Pretty high expectations? Yes actually, because the first four issues of the series are consistently good.Again, Jerome Opeña's work here is an absolute beauty. The way he delivers the action and war, there is some kind of color poetry that is happening. That Piper art is so sick! The story may be a forgivable "man on a quest to save family" thing which then things escalate very quickly, but god, the art is so good to look at that I frequently stop and postpone reading the speech bubbles just to admire the illustrations. Remender's words in this volume on the other hand need to be read for a few times before you can actually get what he is really trying to say. At times they are disjointed, something that slightly affected my reading experience.Jerome Opena draws one sick Piper bastard.Do yourself a favor and read Seven to Eternity. This series by Rick Remender is fantasy like no other.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-17 17:30

    The Mud King is psychically linked to millions of people under his control but that’s not enough – he really wants Zeb Osidis to become his slave as well because... uh… When Zeb is killed for defying his wishes, his son Adam must seek mercy in the King’s citadel of Zhal or his entire family will be massacred. However his pa’s not the only dissident in the land and a rebellion is stirring against his Royal Muddiness! Seven to Eternity is a fairly generic Western story gussied up in sci-fi/fantasy clothing that’s overly complicated thanks to Rick Remender’s shoddy storytelling style, turning a potentially fun story into boring garbage. The only way I got the story straight was through reading the summaries at the start of each issue - I was barely following along with the story proper because Remender is such a shitty writer.It’s not even a remotely compelling story: there’s Adam Osidis’ dull farm life followed by a big confusing fight between the goodies and the baddies which takes up a lot of space, and then they’re on the road. Remender also tosses in a few prose pages at random intervals, as if the book didn’t already have pacing issues. They’re really bad too - comics writers should not write prose; most, like Remender, simply aren’t up to it.The story is full of weak characterisations. Remender’s main characters – Adam Osidis and the Mud King – are both one-dimensional. One’s good, the other’s bad, that’s it. The other five “characters” that appear out of nowhere are even less memorable and underdeveloped – I couldn’t tell you their names, let alone their motivations for fighting the Mud King besides him being the villain and that’s what good guys are meant to do!I could go through the book and point out the flawed world-building, annoyingly unexplained plot elements and myriad other problems but suffice it to say, though I can’t fault Remender’s ambitious vision, there’s too much here to take in at once and he’s not a good enough writer to lay it all out well. I’m not saying I need everything spelled out for me or that we should know everything in the first volume, but there are key elements to the plot that we should at least have an idea about to start with and the detail just isn’t there. And this is a problem with magic stories in general: without limitations and anything can happen, it’s really hard to care about any of it.By far the best part of the book is Jerome Opena’s art. He was the artist on Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers and drew half of Marvel’s Infinity event and that experience of drawing large-scale cosmic action really shows here. The alien landscapes are absolutely beautiful and the alien designs are so imaginative. Matt Hollingsworth’s colours are the coup de grace – the artwork on this book is simply stunning.The art isn’t enough to recommend this book though. In the hands of a talented writer, Seven to Eternity may have been an awesome title but with Rick Remender at the helm it becomes plodding, dull, convoluted and plain bad sci-fi/fantasy. Turrible reading!

  • Donovan
    2018-12-15 16:42

    Damn, that was crazy. Seven to Eternity is way different, even for Rick Remender. This is dystopian fantasy, yes you read that right, and it blends common Remender elements like "evil ruler," "band of misfits," "quest fantasy," "family tragedy," "crazy aliens," and some hardcore fantasy world-building. My main complaints are the heavy exposition and character development. It's a slower read with tons of exposition and dialog, and several prose pages at the beginning of each issue. More character development is definitely needed. I get a good feel for Adam Osidis and his family, especially his father Zeb, but the other characters, even the villain Mud King, fall by the wayside. I attribute this not to oversight but the fact that there's a huge story already stuffed into a mere four issues. So hopefully the exposition is dialed back and more story will further develop these fascinating characters. The artwork is incredible! Jerome Opeña, whose illustrations I first enjoyed in Fear Agent, are breathtaking when combined with the color perfection of Matt Hollingsworth. And I mean that. The artwork is absolutely perfect. Bright and vivid and surreal, easily achieving that "other-worldly" feeling. It's a shame that so many panels are tiny, because the details get lost. But man, the splash pages are mind-blowing. I only hope there's enough material for a deluxe hardcover eventually, because the oversized treatment would be sublime. That's it. It's different, a little slow at times, maybe rushed in terms of development. But Remender kills at fantasy, as do Opeña and Hollingsworth. So check it out.

  • Ivan
    2018-12-05 14:17

    2.5 stars but I am giving it 3 because of good illustrations. Writing is mediocre and there is nothing in story or in the setting that hooked me. Since image comics has lot of great ongoing series it's unlikely I will continue this one.

  • Sud666
    2018-11-16 17:46

    Seven to Eternity was a nice surprise. Beautifully illustrated, it tells a dark tale of a strange world.This is the story of the Osidis family. Hated by the populace they spend their time far away from people. But one day their father is attacked by a powerful foe called the Piper who says "Hear his offer". When Zebidiah Osidis refuses he is killed. This starts an epic tale about revenge and redemption of a family name. I will not spoil any more of the plot. This is a good one.The artwork is truly well done. But it is the story and the complex plots that intertwine the stories of all the characters. The conflicts are done well and are a believable basis for ill will. It is a complex story and as you read you realize nothing in this plot is easy. By the end I was wondering who the good guys were. The God of Whispers is an excellent and complex character. Eschewing brute force he relies on exploiting inner frailties. The bargain he offers is interesting as it changes from person to person. He is truly insidious and Remender does a great job with the individual characters. A surprisingly good and epic tale. I look forward to Vol 2. Well done!

  • Cheese
    2018-11-16 14:42

    Quality art mixed with mysticism and fantasy in a world where the king is a mystic called the god of whispers. If you hear his offer he has control over you. This is a story of rebellion. This look like one of Remenders better stories so I'm looking forward to more. I just hope the story turns out to be as epic as the art!

  • Blindzider
    2018-11-22 15:32

    Impressive. Remender has built a fantasy world where the hero is defined solely by his convictions, which is something I'm a believer in, so I'm already attached to the character. While there is the cliché of an oppressive ruler who is the nemesis of the hero, their dynamic has already changed in the first arc, which says to me we are in for something different. Opeña's art is outstanding and I've loved whenever these two get together. Very excited to continue reading this.

  • Dan
    2018-12-08 17:25

    I had not heard of this before but saw it was written by Remender. This is a perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy that totaled with the world building made for a fun read. It seemed a bit rushed through the story and I wished it would have had more character development. I would definitely read more of this series.

  • Craig Maxwell
    2018-11-26 16:30

    EPIC art, with a storyline and dialogue that lets it down. A story of rebellion, battling inner demons sprinkled with mystery and magic.With visuals that completely and utterly outweigh the narrative it is hard to rate this above three stars. The visuals are have such a distinctive style which is hard to master in the graphic novel universe.I found many parts of the text alienating, making it not very accessible:“Here is my time for harmonious cataloging. The Black well, where only spirits transverse the circumference of a collection” I mean... what the hell is that supposed to mean? If only the story and the dialogue lived up to the artwork this would be a staple graphic novel. I really hope Volume Two proves me wrong - otherwise I’ll be abandoning this series.

  • Zedsdead
    2018-11-19 17:20

    High fantasy rendition of 310 to Yuma. An evil conqueror is captured by a bickering band of heroes (the eponymous "Seven"). Their plan is to spend six months transporting him across a continent while chased by his army of devotees, then execute him. (In defense of this idiotic plan is the fact that millions of innocent-ish victims will die if he's executed before they can be magically unlinked from him, and for contrived reasons this can only be done halfway around the world.)A standard Remender reading experience. Phenomenal art with terrific colors and detailed creature designs; wonderfully inventive world-building with a great magic system (particularly love the huge metal-jawed lizardman who can teleport people by swallowing them); and standard issue shoddy, disappointing Remender writing. Supposedly tough, badass characters posture like insecure teenagers. The plot hinges on big coincidences to manufacture cheap drama (what are the odds that the rebels break into the Mud King's inner sanctum five minutes after our hero arrives, allowing exactly enough time for some menacing exposition and not a second more?) Hero warns Captive-Villain-With-Talking-Powers to stop talking, then lets him drone on for two pages until SURPRISE he makes something bad happen. Weak sauce writing.Incidentally, the evil conqueror's modus operandi involves taking (food, medicine, prospects) from the simple masses and then scapegoating minorities and turning the simple folk against refugees. Maybe Remender was just drawing on historical fascist methodology to create his villain, but given the timing he's likely commenting on the 2016 presidential election.

  • Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
    2018-12-10 12:28

    Wowzers! For some reason or other, I shit the bed on collecting these single issues as they came out. When I finally decided that I wanted them, they were like a bazillion dollars for first prints.Life is hard, hey?Oh well. All is well. At least I will have the TPB's on the shelf and you can bet your biscuits that I'll be picking up any deluxe collections they come out with for this title.Seriously, this one had everything that a geek like me loves. A seriously cool world with tons of messed up backstory, a fantastic cast of characters, cool magic and a pretty kickass villain. The art is phenomenal!, Jerome Opeña killed it with every single page. I was blown away over and over again with how awesome each and every panel looked. He brought life to a world that I could have never imagined on my own. Remender's words in this one are pretty dense, and the story the two of them have come up with can be a little confusing - so sometimes I had to read some of the pages more than once so my brain could keep up with what my eyes were taking in. But I didn't really mind because the pictures were just so damn breathtaking!All 4 issues presented in this volume were an easy 5 stars for me. From start to finish I was completely taken in and carried along with what was going on. Seven to Eternity is EPIC in scope and I am so down with where this story is going!If you have any interest in a dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy, western feeling road trip of a story...you should probably give this one a go. I only wish I had had the foresight to pick this one up monthly as it was coming out. Can anyone spot me a couple hundred bucks to pick 'em up?

  • Roy
    2018-12-12 17:31

    A little hard to follow and the plot wasnt the strongest. It was a dystopian western fantasy, but at times I kind of lost direction and interest. Decent end, cool action and awesome artwork. The art from Opena really made this. However not sure I'll continue on with this one.

  • Stephen
    2018-12-01 17:31

    Excellent artwork. Story ok; a reflection on the consequences of rumor. A bit heavy handed.

  • Kyle
    2018-11-30 17:16

    Actual rating: 2.5Highly visionary graphic novel that blends multiple genres ranging from dark fantasy, sci-fi, to a bit of Western. The concept is imaginative, and the character designs are unique and intriguing, but they lack any individual depth. The main issue being the story itself is choppy, and the pacing is way off. In the end, that was its ultimate downfall.

  • Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
    2018-12-14 12:30

    This was awesome!!! Brought me back to the mid 90's when I couldn't get enough of Image comics.The artwork is beautiful and it matches the exciting story perfectly. Seven to Eternity proves that graphic novels are an excellent media for the fantasy genre.

  • Frédéric
    2018-12-09 14:22

    In a fantasy world where the King of lies (not his actual name) rules, a bunch of misfits warriors kidnap him and plan to go over half the world to get the magic that'll help get rid of him once and for all.Ok. Doesn't sound like the book of the year but why not? There are some interesting elements here and there, though sometimes heavily handed (rumors can kill), and a fascinating world-to-be-revealed over there. Problem is Remender's pacing is choppy and the first two issues were somewhat hard to come by before I finally got the gist. His prose his rather boring and the dialogues are a bit sedative. That seems to be a recurring problem with Remender: good ideas, poorly expressed.I imagine most of you are gonna woe me but Opena's art didn't impress me much. Too many hatches and details that rend some scenes barely legible. I think he's a great artist but overdoes it too much for his own good.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2018-11-20 17:22

    Bullet Review:A Remender title I don't despise! Is that even possible?!Sure, this is nothing "ball out of the park" extraordinary or unique. But at least it has characters I don't violently hate or want to strangle and a story that makes some gorram sense from moment to moment. And there aren't a bunch of whiny teenaged punks whining about getting high, banging girls and cheating on them and contracting various venereal disease while interacting with goat-effers.This is a nice simple fantasy hero's quest. Hero's daddy is part of an order of Jedi Knights - I mean, Mosak - who all get turned to the Dark Side by Emperor Palpatine. Hero leave his family behind to do the manly thing and get rid of Empy before It's Too Late.Again, nothing extraordinary, but at least it's a cohesive story, unlike that train wreck of Black Science.

  • Ctgt
    2018-11-15 17:18

    Lots of setup so the story doesn't really getting going until the end but the Opena art is fantastic.7/10

  • Craig
    2018-12-06 11:38

    The story is kind of a mess. I've really grown tired of comics that start the story mid-action and then delay filling in the details necessary to understand what the heck is going on. And this comic is a prime example of that tendency. It wasn't until midway through the 3rd issue that I even started to get an inkling of what was happening. Plus, it doesn't help that the characters are so poorly developed. Fantasy is hard to do, but it's even harder when you don't give your readers a reason to buy into it and care about what's happening. The one thing this has going for it is some truly beautiful artwork on the part of Jerome Opena. I hope Remender can get a better handle on this in the next volume--now that things have settled down into a journey narrative, the story should be easier to follow and perhaps enough background can be filled in to make this a worthwhile endeavor.

  • Chad
    2018-12-03 17:43

    If Sergio Leone made a fantasy film, this would be it. Remender and Opena have created a fantasy world with themes straight out of a Western. The Mud King has taken over most of the world and is now tying up loose ends by going after a family that was exiled long ago. At the same time, the last of a group of clerics make a last ditch effort to stop the Mud King and break his connection to those under his thrall. Opena's art and Hollingsworth's coloring are spectacular. The book is filled with alien races. Magic effects are glowing off the page.Received an advance copy from Image and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  • Travis Duke
    2018-12-15 16:29

    This has great potential for a good fantasy/sci-fi series. First of all the art alone is stunning, every panel is detailed and vibrant. The story follows Adam as he fights to protect his family from Garlis the mud king. Garlis has enslaved most of this fantasy world and killed off the heroes ilk called Mosak, who have powers. I really like the world building and the characters, especially the Mosak we meet. The mosak are based in fantasy and dungeons and dragons to a degree, they kind of remind me of old might and magic games. I think the story has great potential and the writing is pretty good. But really the art is the shining star here. I will be waiting for book 2

  • Scott
    2018-11-17 10:19

    Remender's stories always have a lot of depth and heart, and often deal with with the inter relationship of family members (no matter how bizarre the tale). This one again follows that format within truly surreal and frightening realms of magick, demons and bewildering creatures. Periodically I got lost making sense of the visuals, the artwork can get pretty whacked out here, but for the most part I really enjoyed the story within the frame of Opena's intense drawing style and Hollingsworth's beautiful colorwork. Looking forward to the next volume.

  • Relstuart
    2018-11-15 12:20

    Tremendous art and a creative world full of aliens and fantastic creatures. The story though is the heart of of any fiction. Here the story focuses on the son of a man who took his family away from the cities into the wilderness to escape the growing power of a dictator. The son realizes the family cannot live this way forever. So he makes a plan on how to square things with the dictator. But, plans change... I'm am in for whatever comes next. :) I'd be interested in knowing if Remender read any of the Communist methods for infiltrating and taking over a country?

  • Doom70
    2018-11-17 14:33

    I had to take my time reading this since the art and story is dense with details and complex implications of the strange world of Zhal, and the intertwined histories of the characters. My patience was rewarded, and I eagerly await more of the story.

  • Alistair
    2018-12-11 13:27

    If judged on artwork it might be worth more but the story while okay was very predictable, traditional, might improve with further volumes but don't really care?

  • Joe Kraus
    2018-11-23 15:23

    I enjoyed Kurt Busiek’s Autumnlands enough to give this one a shot, thinking that one graphic novel fantasy success might mean another. Otherwise, I doubt I’d have picked up something that looked so earnest and brooding. Our bad guy here, known alternately as the God of Whispers or the Mud King, becomes increasingly a fantasy world version of Donald Trump. He’s risen to power on a combination of selfishness and fear. He has the capacity to see a person’s deepest desire, especially when that desire comes at the price of harming others. He incites hatred – in one later sub-plot he’s destroyed an egalitarian community by stoking a sense of outsiders and immigrants as the cause of a sudden plague – and he is a master of negotiation. Once you hear his “deal,” he has a hold on you. Even if you attempt to decline his offer, the damage is done. You’ve seen your own most selfish side; you’re partway toward a seduction that depends upon indifference to others and an elevated sense of your own importance to the world.As far as I can tell, the original issues of this came out during the Presidential campaign, and the later issues (where the Trump echoes are clearer) may have come out even after the election. In any case, it isn’t fair to claim Remender is writing as a Resist figure, but his sympathies are clear: he doesn’t like bullies. To Remender’s credit, he’s more interested in the figures opposing such a tyrant than in the tyrant himself. The core of that resistance is Adam, the father-figure in a clan of “Mozaks,” or mutant magic-users who stand as the only threat to the tyrant. In the opening scene, he watches his own father – seemingly the most powerful figure never to bow down – killed in a battle to preserve the rest of the family. With the family then weakened, Adam, who’s dying of a mysterious disease, plots to pledge his loyalty in exchange for the safety of his own wife and children. Then, at the last moment it seems, a handful of other Mozaks rise up and topple the Mud King. The titular seven behind that revolt then have to go on a quest to destroy him, knowing that killing him outright would result in the deaths of the many thousands he’s compromised.All that’s a mouthful, of course, and the handful of other reviews I’ve read do talk about the confusion of the plot. I’m willing to forgive that, seeing it as an admirable ambition, but it’s worth noting. You’ll need to a lot of turning back to pages you’ve already read.I’m more troubled by the persistent grimness here. Others seem very much to admire Jerome Opena’s art, but I find it dark and washed out. The joy of Autumnlands is its reminder of the pleasure in escapism. This is the opposite, though: it’s a bleak world with characters who’ve suffered as long as they can remember. There’s even a kind of my-life-has-been-worse-than-yours pissing match, and one character has to interrupt it by saying it’s pointless to argue over who’s suffered more. Everyone has suffered – whether through disease, murder, or even genocide.To double back where I started, I’m drawn to the idea that Remender intends this as a dystopian reflection of our current age because otherwise I can’t see why he’s doing it. There’s no joy and little hope here. Unpacking what’s going on makes for an intriguing reading experience, and there are certainly flashes of wonder in the way one or another character’s power expresses itself, but without such a context this is a real slog.I’m going to go with the benefit of the doubt here, and there’s a chance I’ll scratch the itch to see where the next volume takes it. Still, what’s here doesn’t take us far enough to get a sense of how it all comes together. I hope it does find its way to another level, that it cements its contemporary critique with more than horror and finds a way toward something that, without betraying the darkness it’s wrestling with, looks a little like hope.

  • Kurtis
    2018-11-30 09:40

    Fantasy and world building at its best. Rick Remender does his best work when creating his own worlds, and the story being told in Seven To Eternity is him at the top of his game. Not to mention the art you can't help but stare at and drink in. An evil king, a unique take on the rugged fantasy hero, a compelling approach to magic, and a ruthless world, have me frantic to pick up the 2nd volume of this amazing story already. If you're a fantasy fan, but graphic novels aren't your thing, please pick up this book and let it sway you.

  • Anniken Haga
    2018-12-09 17:21

    You know you visit a shop often when the people working there know what you like in comics, remember what serieses you've already read, and can recommend stuff to you based on yourself."Seven to Eternity" was such a recommendation, and it hit the spot.This is a dark fantasy story, as far as I can tell. Already we've gotten a feel of the world and magics, of the characters and of the story. I liked all of it. Also, the artstyle is lovly, dark and gritty.