The fourth issue of Crystar finds our hero exiled from his kingdom by Feldspar, a clever plan put into motion by his brother Moltar. Jo Duffy frames the book as a bedtime story told to two little children where some of the book takes place in the past and some of it in the present. Currently, Crystar and his subjects take a moment to relax after all of the recent events while Moltar loses some of his due to their incompetence. It is this loss and Moltar’s hatred for Crystar which prompts him to get directly involved in the latest attack on the Crystal Warriors. Moltar is not a stupid man though and instead of using brawn, he uses his brains and thus the reason for Crystar’s banishment. While it is a fairly straight-forward tale, there are a couple of moments that are quite moving and totally unexpected, making you care for the supporting cast more than you might have previously. There is little action in the book and you find you do not miss it for the story Duffy weaves is so good and so compelling, the book is over before you know it. By the end of the tale though, you have to wonder what the brothers have in mind for each other and if either one will eventually claim the throne for their own. What is guaranteed is that as long as they remain at war with each other, Feldspar will remain regent, letting neither of them claim their father’s kingdom. The book ends on a feel-good moment that ties everything together in preparation for the next story-arc.
4 out of 5