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Stoneheart #1

73
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

SERIES PREMIERE

EMMA KUBERT, the artist behind Frank Miller Presents’ Frank Miller’s Pandora and Image Comics’ INKBLOT and RADIANT PINK, introduces her whimsically twisted tale STONEHEART, a new ongoing action/adventure fantasy series!

Bubbly and headstrong Shayde Whisper has been inexplicably exiled from her magical guild and relocated, left only with vague memories and romanticized hope. But when she hears a sinister voice in her head that awakens a power beyond her comprehension, she’ll traverse her past and present to unravel her prestigious place within the mystical land of Athea!

Publication Date
Publisher
Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
35 pages
Language
English
Amazon ASIN
B0BW1XR1ZL

Cover Artist

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Multiversity Comics

    If there’s a big hook in “Stone Heart,” it doesn’t really land in the first issue. I don’t exactly know what Shayde’s epic quest will entail, or even if she has one. Maybe she will continue to fight for her mundane life and resist the call to battle darkness. All I know is, I like her as a protagonist and I am happy to continue to follow her series, whether it become High Fantasy or if it stays slice of life. Quality character work can do a lot to keep momentum going in an ongoing series, and really that intrigue is just a vessel to deliver this fantastic, unique art style. This comic was clearly created by someone who studied the craft of comic making, and I’m willing to get it’s just going to get better and better.

    Emma Kubert’s solo debut is a quiet first issue, but the real draw is the expertly crafted artwork

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Emma Kubert debuts her new series for Image that’s basically “Dungeons & Dragons” meets “Willow”; When a young blacksmith named Shayde Whisper has been exiled to a new village she starts to hear a voice that wakens a power she can’t possibly handle. Emma Kubert not only excels in the art but her writing looks strong especially after the first few pages as she’s good at utilizing caption boxes to help elevate her story. Her art, however, has a unique feel to it, almost like a cross between her father Adam Kubert, and Walter Simonson which is just downright amazing. Shayde Whisper is a character that anyone will be smitten with as Kubert shines in fleshing out her personality to where you want her to succeed in being a hero. This fantasy-based series brings with it such passion and joy while giving us something to look forward to as the series progresses. With that, Emma Kubert has solidified herself as an accomplished storyteller and the sky’s the limit for both her and this series.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Although the art took me until the end of the issue to get used to and appreciate, this has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy-based comic stories. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the genre or looking for something new to read, you’ll find yourself immersed in the world of Athea, rooting for Shayde Whisper and following her journey.

  • 78

    Geek'd Out

    Written, drawn, inked, colored, and lettered by Emma Kubert, StoneHeart is the kind of fantasy adventure that seem so much more epic from the little guy’s POV. It’s also a love letter to comics in general as Kubert handles every aspect of the book without ever losing herself in it – that’s not an easy feat, trust me. Shayde is a likable enough protagonist whose plucky narration avoids revealing anything about her past, creating a mystery of which both she and the reader are only vaguely aware. The rest of the cast, however, including the book’s would-be villain are far less developed. Additionally, the world-building is mostly vague, handled better by the frequent footnotes than anything the characters say or do.

    Stylistically, the book is all over the place and its better for it. The opening prologue is devoid of any color save black and gray. The sketchy line art and streaky inks create the impression the pages exist in an old, pencil-smudged sketchbook. Everything and everyone seems to have texture and personality, and the rough look just makes it all the more enjoyable. I liken it to having a talented friend force their self-published comic upon you – its rough around the edges, and the world seems familiar but the ideas are sound. Its far from perfect but theres potential and you want to see where the story goes.

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    If you’re fixated on The Hero’s Journey, Stoneheart #1 may not be what you’re expecting, but Emma Kubert clearly loves the setting and our hero, has done the work of world-building, and has the chops to make things interesting to look at, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. There are some awkward moments in the telling of this story, but even with a few narrative hiccups, it’s both a good first issue and a satisfying individual comic chapter.

  • 68

    Graphic Policy

    Bubbly and headstrong Shayde Whisper has been inexplicably exiled from her magical guild and relocated, left only with vague memories and romanticized hope. But when she hears a sinister voice in her head that awakens a power beyond her comprehension, she’ll traverse her past and present to unravel her prestigious place within the mystical land of Athea! Stonheart #1 is an interesting debut that has an interesting premise but a rather mixed execution. (…) Really when it comes down to Stoneheart #1, it’s just not for me. I know there’s an audience for it and I’m not it, and that’s ok. There’s a lot for people to enjoy though and if you’re into fantasy settings and worlds, this is one to check out.

  • 60

    Comic Book Revolution

    Stoneheart #1 is a solid start to this action fantasy world. The lead character is established well to put over why she is so key to the world Emma Kubert constructed. With improvements to the artwork Stoneheart will only grow better.

  • 60

    ComicBook.com

    Stone Heart #1 goes live this week with an intriguing tale of betrayal and forgotten identities. When a paladin find themselves exiled from court, we follow a heroine on an easy journey plagued with reminders of her past. And when someone finds out about her true power, things go from bad to worse thanks to a bloody cliffhanger.

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