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A Distant Soil: The Aria (vol. 3)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Colleen Doran
Publisher: Image Comics


Remember The Empire Strikes Back? That's the one where the rebel forces are crushed by the imperials with those giant walking machines. And Luke gets his hand chopped off, and Han is put on ice. Remember? Well, things don't go quite as well for Liana and Jason and their compatriots in THE ARIA, the third volume of the A DISTANT SOIL saga.

Obviously, you've already read the first two books by now and know all about Jason's intent to kill the Avatar. Well, I won't spoil the cliffhanger for you, but suffice it to say, the grand plans the Avatar had for destroying the Ovanan Hierarchy come to fruition in this volume, and the results aren't quite what he was expecting.

Once again, Colleen Doran delivers an emotionally charged episode of political maneuvering and personal betrayal, set against the backdrop of a deeply fascinating and erotic alien culture. And once again, she leaves you hanging - pleading, begging for the arrival of the next volume. Which I think was her cruel plan all along!

-- Peter Aaron Rose

Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.


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