Sometimes its all about going back to the well of Sword & Sorcery in this case its The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose, The Eternal Champions - The Swords of Heaven, The Flowers of Hell. It was ages ago when this collection crossed my desk a gift from my wife. Maybe it was Michael Moorcock's prose or the artwork of Howard Chaykin.This aspect of the Eternal Champion is a hard one for me to digest. And its the themes of love found, lost, & the aspects of this story that in only sixty pages ring true. The romantic in this reader takes the whole affair on board & it really echoes here. The prose of Moorcock is strong & the artwork set's it off. Howard Chaykin solidly captures the tone, artwork, & feel of The Swords of Heaven, The Flowers of Hell here. He does it in a different flare then the usual Sword & Sorcery. This is a different Chaykin for this reader. The tone & graphic is hard & soft in the places it needs to be. The action is swift & dangerous but it does so with a different brush. The tone is the same as the Erekose paperbacks but the art takes it in another angle.
Moorcock's writing keeps pace with the art & doesn't drown in it. The volume is one of slim but packs the punch where & when its needed. This is a truly good collection worthy of Appendix N.
The whole graphic novel is tight & taunt in a way that gives the reader exactly the right amount of the Erekose, The Eternal Champion dosage without cutting them up with yet another 'over the top' Sword & Sorcery adaptation! The whole graphic novel works because it does all of the heavy lifting with Chaykin's artwork hit all of the high notes. Highly recommended! Thanks honey for the wonderful collection!