Issue by Issue – Dragonring #3

Writer – Guang Yap, Gordon Derry
Artist – Guang Yap, Barry Blair, Tim McEown
Letters – Eiwin Mark

If there is one thing that is consistent with Dragonring, it is the fact that it continually looks great with Guang Yap at the top of his game, but it reads poorly, Yap writing the book more like a film from the early 1980s than a sequential story. One can see this tale on the big screen, not because of how good or bad it is, but how he cuts up the script and the scenes. To that effect, it just seems like there are things missing, like key moments that have been left out and as such, it does not make for the best of reads. The current book picks up from the last and it finds Kohl and Yué having landed on an island after their ship sunk and them being washed ashore, another problem being that it is never shown between the second issue and the third what actually happened, again what actually happened being told off-screen so to speak and readers left guessing as to the truth. On the island they face a test in order to enjoy the local’s hospitality and then receive some information about a being called the Underlord whom Kohl decides to seek out. Not a whole lot happens ultimately, but there is a bit of action where Kohl must defend himself against four men from the local village and a scene where he faces a four-armed dinosaur. As for Kohl’s quest to learn more about his dragon ring, it stalls out for the moment, though there is the revelation that somebody knows about it and he does not look like he could be an ally of any sort. There is an additional tale by Gordon Derry and Tim McEown, a story featuring a John Constantine-like character and a situation featuring a bunch of monsters that need to be dealt with that leaves off on a cliff-hanger to be continued next issue. Of the two stories in the book, it is definitely the former which is far more enjoyable, but even then, it did not read as smoothly as it could have. Yap is a talented man and the seeds are here for making a great epic, but his writing needs a bit of work and hopefully as things go on, the book improves and Kohl’s quest takes centre stage.

2.5 out of 5

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