Title: No One Left to Fight.
Writer(s): Aubrey Sitterson.
Artist(s): Fico Ossio.
Colourist(s): Fico Ossio & Raciel Avila.
Letterer(s): Taylor Esposito.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics.
Release Date: March 24th, 2020.
Genre(s): Comics, Fantasy.
My Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆.
What would heroes do if there’s no more evil to defeat? Would they be able to survive the lack of excitement and adrenaline that it once procured them to fight those who enjoyed chaos? Maybe refocusing themselves to excel in other domains of life might stir some new purpose in them. Maybe embracing the life of a responsible adult is the answer to all this? Maybe they’re just not looking in the right places and the action they crave deep down is just around the corner. Praying that it succeeds enough to solicit a second volume, this creative team composed of Aubrey Sitterson (The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling, G.I. Joe) and Fico Ossio (Spider-Man, Revolution) look to dazzle the world with a brand-new series. Collecting the No One Left to Fight #1-5 issues comes an exciting, splashy, flawed universe highly-reminiscent of a beloved manga franchise.
What is No One Left to Fight about? Vâle, the hero of the universe, has returned to his beloved friends after a long isolated journey. His friends have, however, moved on and now live happily as parents to two kids, having also put behind them their life of battling evil. Reacquainted, Vâle, Krysta, and Timór are now off on a mysterious new trip as they explore the universe to find past allies and mentors, but something isn’t right with their great hero who is hiding an internal psychological pain. As if things couldn’t get any worse, the world isn’t without no one left to fight as they thought as a strange creature bids his time before an opportunistic engagement to destroy them all.
“None of us have made perfect choices.
But those choices have made us who we are.”
— Aubrey Sitterson
This story is an indisputable homage to Dragon Ball that doesn’t hide any of the similarities with the cult-classic manga as it presents a tale of adulthood, which is sometimes questionable, through various characters who cross paths once again after countless years have passed since their greatest battle. While there’s no significant depth to these characters, writer Aubrey Sitterson teases readers in terms of world-building with very little details offered to what happened in the past and what is going to happen to these heroes on their mysterious journey in the near future. The characters also continuously engage in an emotionally overwrought conversation about unresolved inferiority complexes and conflicts of jealousy, making for an infuriating and childish dialogue.
Artist Fico Ossio, however, offers an extremely vibrant and colourful world through his original artwork that continuously leaps out of the pages as you progress through the story. Conveying a truly cotton-candy universe where colour themes are nearly inexistent, if it weren’t for some clear character designs allowing us to distinguish good from evil, the artwork is an innocently entertaining hook to this series and might, unfortunately, be the only good reason to explore it too. Also borrowing on some 80s science-fiction technological designs, there is enough assimilation of known franchises to give this series its own sense of genuineness without being a rip-off. The series also abandoned a lot of logic to forgive the chaotic and destructive powers that some of these characters carelessly utilize throughout the story for mundane reasons revolving around unresolved complexes and unrequited love. Beware of these issues if you’re to explore this story.
No One Left to Fight is an energetic and vibrant universe heavily influenced by Dragon Ball that limits itself to teasing rather than delivering a satisfyingly complete narrative.