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JOE MADUREIRA’s beloved fantasy series returns in an action-packed new story with art by game and comics sensation LUDO LULLABI! “Martial Law” tells the bloody tale of retired swordsman Garrison and the fugitive Red Monika as they face off against Maestro’s gang of supernatural killers-the Martial Paladins!
This long-awaited tenth issue is bursting at the seams with 36 pages of story and no ads!
COMICONI've waited over 20 years for Battle Chasers to return and I can say with zero hesitation that it was worth the wait. The story, character development, and world-building is a masterclass in sword and sorcery elevating the genre while at the same time making it uniquely its own.
COMICONI’ve waited over 20 years for Battle Chasers to return and I can say with zero hesitation that it was worth the wait. The story, character development, and world-building is a masterclass in sword and sorcery elevating the genre while at the same time making it uniquely its own. My only hope is that I don’t have to wait another lifetime for the next issue to drop and, lucky for me, I have it on good authority that issue #11 is coming July 19, 2023! Until next time, I may have cried a little. I love this book so much you guys. I am so freaking happy right now. I have read this thing cover to cover no less than six times and have to tell you I am still not tired of it. It’s just that good. It’s that freaking good!
But Why Tho?Battle Chasers #10 manages to pick up its tale, characters, and world like it never left. The writing brings out the characters and their emotions wonderfully, while the book’s moments of action are delivered with perfect precision thanks to the amazing artistic presentation. If you love swords and sorcery mixed with a bit of steampunk, Battle Chasers remains a unique and amazing read.
Comic CrusadersAll in all, this is a really good story, and I’m excited to see Issue 11 come through. They left Garrison and the band of Martial Paladins on a huge cliffhanger battle, and I can’t wait to see them tear each other to pieces. I also appreciate the color change from blues and reds to yellows and greens used to differentiate the two sections of the book between the story that was happening inside the dark forest and the one that is going on inside the village. This is such a good book!!! Ahhh!! You need to read it honestly; I loved it so much. There’s even a giant magical robot in it, and he looks so good! Just go get it!
You Don't Read ComicsIt’s a more or less seamless extension of the series that was abandoned two decades ago. Madureira and company are picking it up like the last 20 years didn’t even happen. There’s an almost heroic level of integrity in that faithfulness to the original series. It’s a quick, breezy jaunt from beginning to end. Monika and Garrison return in a thoroughly enjoyable adventure that will hopefully lead to a series that runs much longer than the original one. Madureira and company have firmly resurrected a series that didn’t appear to have any chance of ever returning to the comics rack.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: As someone who read and collected every issue of Battle Chasers during its first run, I was excited to see Madureira return to finish the story and this issue took me back to that world and its characters seamlessly. The story is exciting, thrilling and filled with great action and intrigue. The interpersonal drama is compelling and Madureira doesn’t lose a step when it comes to engaging the reader in this fantasy world. I literally went back into my long boxes to reread the first nine issues to immerse myself back into the world after reading this one. The Art: Ludo Lullabi delivers some beautifully detailed and gorgeously exciting art. The characters look amazing and the action is fantastic. I love the style of art and how it perfectly complements the tone of the story.
Comic WatchThis issue is an exemplary way of picking up where a story left off 20 years prior that appeases loyal fans and gains new readers. For those who are looking for an exciting and excellent fantasy-based comic, there is no other story this year better than this.
Comical OpinionsBATTLE CHASERS #10 forces Garrision and Red Monika to run for their lives from a squad of deadly hunters for a nail-biter of an issue. The story delivers heaps of action laced with dramatic nuance and tension. As a bonus, Lullabi’s art is phenomenal.
Nerd InitiativeThe saga of Battle Chasers resumes without missing a beat. Madureira and Lullabi greet new and faithful readers with great storytelling and incredible visuals that encompasses why this series still connects with fans after 25 years! With the action and drama building back up, it is a perfect time to add this series to your comic book collection.
AIPTMy big caveat in recommending Battle Chasers is that it is very much a right-into-the-deep-end comic. There is a helpful recap page at the beginning, but folks who are curious about Battle Chasers are better off starting with the original series or Nightwar. It’s good to have Battle Chasers back, and it’s darn good.
First Comics NewsThis issue does illustrate all the characters to perfection except for Red Monika she is shown as just a woman. Nothing really special about her or her personality. She is here, tired and worn out, on the run but why? What is special about her? Nothing here makes you want to know her better, even her large breasts do not catch your eye much. She needs to be at her best.
Graphic PolicyBattle Chasers #10 is frustrating. It isn’t the welcome return one would hope and instead feels like a series and project whose time has passed. Like many “classic” series revived, it doesn’t stand up so well and the nostalgia isn’t quite enough to really hook you. Overall, a bummer.
ComicBook.comMore than 20 years after the publication of Battle Chasers #9, readers finally receive the next installment of Joe Madureira's fantasy sage. For readers interested as much by the legendary delay as any memories of the early Image Comics series, Battle Chasers #10 does an impressive job of refreshing the story with a two pages of recap before diving into a chase sequence. The original appeal is still evident as Madureira's sleek and dynamic characters bound across the page with the animated qualities of a video game. A wide array of villains are quickly detailed with special abilities showcased for readers through action. And the action is consistently excellent, especially one terribly gory splash. Although the story itself is filled with familiar fantasy tropes and the characters all resemble archetypes encountered all too often, Battle Chasers #10 moves too quickly for those tedious elements to detract much from a still-stylish return.