The Least We Can Do #1 ADVANCE REVIEW: a mystical tale lacking in clarity and heart
Written by: Iolanda Zanfardino, Art & Colours by: Elisa Romboli.
Forty years ago after the Great War, the world had to start rebuilding. During this time something was found called “Medium”. It contained mystical powers, but as people were studying it and finding uses, the Eden army assumed dominance over the United Kingdom and outlawed the uses by common folk, fearing an uprising. They condemned the British people to suffer. Now though, a young girl armed with knowledge wants to develop that knowledge more by studying Medium and harnessing its power to help the world. However, in an authoritarian state, she will have to get help from a rebellion which operates hidden from the state. With no combat training though, will she be able to survive the harsh surroundings?
The Least We Can Do was a very strange book; I had no idea of it and no expectations going in. With a really strong start, I was excited to see what would transpire. It opens with a thief stealing a jewel from a sword as she explains that sometimes what you feel is right isn’t what others believe is. This is an interesting way to start the book as it’s so true, it’s why having power over others can be so difficult, as you can’t always give everyone what they want or make them all happy, as everyone is different and so we all have different goals and aspirations of happiness. This is when the writing takes a turn for me. Having a substance called Medium isn’t as bad as “Unobtainium” (thank you Avatar for that glorious name) but it’s still bad. I would have much preferred they come up with a new word for this precious material, as I just can’t take it seriously. Another issue is the world building; we are thrown into the story very quickly, which I actually liked about it, it jumps into things quickly, but it takes 7 pages to tell us about the history. So for the previous pages I was a bit lost and couldn’t connect to the main character as much. Even when the backstory was explained I was still lost. With so many references to “our” world, I wasn’t sure if this was supposed to be in the real world or a different dimension.
The art was a little inconsistent too, unfortunately. The first image I included above was from the first page of the book, before the story gets started. It’s beautifully drawn and there’s a few panels like it towards the end of the book, too. These are stunning, with the attention to detail, and the art helps to communicate that the character of Uriel is a composed, ordered young woman who is very book smart. Although the other aspect of the art is like the second picture. This sets up the book more like an anime, with the over exaggerated features and reactions. I personally think the more subtle approach works better so far from the first issue.
Overall, I can’t say I’m disappointed as I had no expectations going in, but I am slightly confused by the direction the series is going. I’m not as gripped as I should be by a first issue about mystic arts. I might give it a few more issues as I’m curious about the world, but so far I’m not connecting with Uriel.
With its confusing plot and art I can’t give it more than 1 POP out of 5 at this time, I hope the next few issues grip me more as I want to enjoy a new magical book.
The Least We Can Do Issue 1 will be published by Image Comics on 14th September from your Local Comic Shop and on comixology
Andrew Carr was blessed to grow up watching the animated series of Batman, X-Men, and his favorite, Spider-Man.This started his dive into the comics world, which resulted in meeting his amazing cosplaying wife Imogen. They live in England with their Sinister Six dogs.