Roxanna & the Quest for the Time-Bird – Ramor’s Conch by LoiselRequirements
: CBR reader, 41 Mb Overview
: Something about Roxanna makes this a favorite all out of proportion to any objective fact about it that I can think of. So let's start with the objective facts. Loisel's illustration of Letendre's story paces well, with all the right kinds of adventures and trials on the way to the final countdown. (I read ahead through the other three volumes in this series, but I'm not giving anything away.) The imagery also works well on its own, realistic enough to be credible, fantastical enough for adventure, and with babe-appeal enough to season the mix, in a PG kind of way.
In the first panels, an unseen witch assigns voluptuous Roxanna a task, to rouse a mighty warrior from graying retirement - all you young'uns out there, remember that youth and vigor lose out to old age and treachery every time, and he's plenty old. Then the quest, in the oldest tradition, begins. Roxanna, her mentor, a comic sidekick, and her little pet all set out. That little blue critter on her shoulder is so cute. Any cat companion - they don't have owners - will recognize her calling it "my little master" (p.12). Hold that thought, though. It matters again in the later volumes of this series.
We have the evil hordes, power-mad warlords, sidekick of dubious loyalty, and lots more of the usual stereotypes, including Roxanna the bodacious babe. Despite and even because of her protuberant charms, she proves an enduring trekker, brave strategist, and powerful fighter. It all works (even if you haven't read ahead). There's adventure, some tasteful bawdy, fantasy, touches of mystery, and the tension of the countdown. Wrap it all up in capable artwork that's not afraid of a few womanly curves - this one's a keeper. Download Instructions