Niobe: She is Life is a four issue comic book mini series written by Sebastian A. Jones & Amandla Stenberg, illustrated by Ashley A. Woods & Darrell May, and lettered by A Larger World Studios. It is part of the Asunda Universe, thus it is published by Stranger Comics under the Asunda imprint.
For my review of this comic, I will be reviewing the hardcover collection of it because I got it as a reward for backing the official Kickstarter for it. Also because of that, I also got the hardcover collection for Dusu: Path of the Ancient as a bonus reward which I will also write a review for as well.
Niob: She is Lief tells the story of the human elf hybrid from The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer named Niobe who is trying to escape from her father’s army, and ends up encountering a dwarf who leads a group of pure-blood elves, and even has one of its members being a human-orc hybrid. With nowhere else to go, she decides to stay with them for a bit and get to know much more on as to who they all are.
Before I can begin talking about this comic, one detail that I forgot to mention in my review for The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer is that Stranger Comic’s Asunda titles are NOT for children as they contain mature readers content such as gore and nudity. So I greatly apologize for leaving that fact out before, and I promise that in this as well as in my future reviews for Stranger Comic’s Asunda comics is that I’ll be sure to mention that from now on so that the people reading these reviews can be informed about that fact. With that out of the way, on to the review.
While Niobe: She is Life is a much shorter story than The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer because of it being only 4 issues long (while the previous Asunda comic that I just mentioned is 7 issues long), the writing by both Sebastian, and Amanda is still very excellent as the plot moves at a good pace, and adds enough development to the characters in order for the reader to like them, and know who they are. Without going into spoilers, I especially loved the final climax in this comic as it does a very good job at ending this story.
Ashley A. Woods’s artwork in this comic has a very typical penciled and inked look that readers would most see in a typical comic book, but the art in Niobe: She is Life is very amazing to look at thanks to the incredible amount of detail Ashley puts into the character designs, the backgrounds, and the creature designs. Darrell May’s layout work is still as good as it was in The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer as well.
While I sadly have not known of A Larger World Studios as this is the first comic that I read featuring their lettering work (I hope I am right about that though), their lettering is still something that I would call professional because the speech bubbles and text are very easy to look at, and even the white text that is meant to be narration is also easy to see, and surprisingly fits the backgrounds just fine.
Now as I have stated in the beginning, Niobe: She is Life is not a comic a kid should be reading due to the amounts of blood featured in it. Now while its true that the level of mature content is a little more tame compared to The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer, I would still prefer it if only people 18 years or older read this comic just to be safe.
At the end of the main story, this hardcover collection for Niobe: She is Life features a one-shot bonus story called Morka Moa which is written by both Sebastian A. Jones & Darrell May, and its even fully drawn by Darrell May himself. There is also a short preview for the next Niobe story; Niobe: She is Death (which I would love to review whenever I read the hardcover edition of it whenever possible).
Besides those two extra stories in this hardcover collection, the rest of the extra and bonus material features concept art, variant covers, sketches, etc, and they are definitely worth looking at after reading this comic.
So with all said and done, Niobe: She is Life is a great addition to the Asunda Universe, and I can totally recommend it to anybody who wants to read a high and epic fantasy indie comic.
I give Niobe: She is Life 5/5 Stars, and Two Thumbs Up.