Writer: Jon Tseui Artist: Audrey Mok Colorist: Raul Angulo Letterer: Jim Campbell
Thanks to Vault Comics for providing a copy for review!
Jumping right back to where we left off in issue three, Sera is going through the hole in the wall of the cave, and into a forest where the three Royal Stars are waiting for her, Old Bull, Scorpion and the Fish star (haven’t gotten his name yet).
But, as Sera goes through, she has to leave her brother behind. I’m still not sure if he is dead or not, but he said he has looked for any trace of their mother and found none there, and that she might still be alive. Even out of the cave and into the forest, Sera learns that they are still within the underworld and must head to the council to ask for help out. As they make their way to the council of the dead the stars tell Sera more about how things work in the underworld, how dreams have created the very place the dead go. How the first dreamer dreamt of the stars and then the Royal Stars were created, and how the Royal Stars awoke from their dream and saw their first creations.
The solar system and the endless lights were their first creation, and as the Fish star says “to dream is to create, to give life to what was once lifeless”. Sera ask what it is that the stars dream of now, Old Bull is the first to answer “integrity”. The Fish star says “second chances” and the Scorpion says “retribution”, which of course frightens all that are with her.
Once they get to the council, they find them upset about Sera being there in her human physical body, but really what was she supposed to do? Not run away from danger and somehow figure out how to get there spiritually? The villains in purple and gold catch up to them at the council, and we finally learn their names are Rastaban and Eltanin (lots of purple and gold on their skin and clothes by the way too). Apparently, they are the stars of Draco and are upset that humankind turned their backs to them and instead worship the Royal Stars and forgot the first born Stars of Draco.
Basically no longer paying attention to these Draco stars, Sera then concentrates on her dream self getting them out of there. I’m a bit unsure how this works, but she is able to get outside of the underworld with her dream self. She then has to make it to some bridge before being in the clear, but while she is outside in her dream self, she is unprotected by the Royal Stars and her bow. The other spirits of the underworld try and stop her, while back in the underworld, the Fish and Scorpion stars fight against the stars of Draco to get out and follow Sera out.
Back with Sera’s dream self outside fighting off the spirits the best she can without weapons, she keeps hearing a disembodied voice calling out to be released (might be from the crystal within her?). Oh boy, does Sera and The Royal Stars leave you wanting more!
Sera and the Royal Stars #4 is now available.
If you missed my reviews of issues 1, 2, and 3 of the series, you can find them here, here, and here.
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