The twin thrones have been removed much to the outrage of Crystar, but Feldspar, the regent of Crystalium feels it is for the best as the brothers, Crystar and Moltar, are not yet ready to rule. Feldspar has come to the realization that they may never be ready and so as regent, he has restored their father’s single throne and has taken it upon himself to rule until the twins might be able to do so. After last issue’s battle, Stalax remains injured and nobody knows exactly how to heal the wounds incurred to their crystalline forms including Ogeode, the wizard who represents the side of Order and the man who helped to transform them. The crystal warriors are not the only ones with concerns at the moment as Moltar and Lavour thought Zardeth would have granted them enough power to defeat Crystar and the fact that they have not done so makes them just a little angry. Mary Jo Duffy and Bret Blevins craft another fine tale that tells us not everything is all sunshine and lollipops on either side of the fence, including that of the citizens themselves who consider both Moltar and Crystar a monster. It is a very interesting perspective and it is good to see that Duffy has covered all the angles of the brothers resulting transformations and the fallout that came from them. The book also introduces a new character in Ika, Ogeode’s sorcerer daughter whom he makes take the transformation process so he might be able to determine exactly how the process affected the bodies of those that already did and in so doing, hopefully find a cure for Stalax. The book is left on a bit of a cliff-hanger as to the fate of our hero, but with only two issues in, you know that the man whose name is in the title of the book is most likely going to be okay. Or so you would hope.
4 out of 5