The Great Shang dynasty has been in power for many years, but the Gods have found fault with the new emperor. Instead of submitting to their will at the expense of his people, the emperor resolves to throw off the Gods' yoke and free humanity. However, this means not only will he face the Gods, but also a rival, the young Zhou—who submits to the Gods' will for nothing but his own purposes! The fate of the dynasty, nay, the fate of all humanity will be determined by this great battle between the forces of Heaven and Earth!
I left a review for volume 2 and most of the same stuff applies. The art is absolutely gorgeous; there are so many panels that would work as high quality stand-alone pieces, it's just incredible. It's almost unfair to put them all in one comic. Story is also great. Start is a little slow, but it's all the better for it. Geniunely quite creative. Just stick with it for a while. It's not a crapload of faceslapping and cliches. If that's what you're looking for, give this a pass for now and read it when you're tired of that. It's overall a lot more enjoyable, but not the best thing when your attention span is zero and you're not in the mood to appreciate quality. (I feel that way often and it took me a fairly long time to actually try reading this properly.) Characters are amazing, especially the protagonist. In part, this is his journey from being a cowardly and despicable brat of a prince into a person (yes, with flaws) who is actually an impressive, decent guy (and badass to boot). None of it is forced and it all goes naturally; there's lots left to the reader's interpretation. Female characters leave something to be desired, but you can't have it all. Anyway, this is a must read. When you get around to it, anyway.
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