“The Adept” Issue 1 and 2 Review

The Adept Issue #1
“The Adept” Issue #1

“The Adept,” a comic series created by Immortal Studios with a current Kickstarter campaign, is a martial arts story with exciting intrigue.

Immortal Studios provided me with a free copy of Issues 1 and 2 of The Adept that I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.

Independent comic studio Immortal Studios specializes in comics that pay homage to the genre of fantastical ancient Chinese martial arts, also known as Wuxia. The Wuxia style has influenced popular media such as Shang Chi and Avatar: The Last Airbender and many others. Immoral Studios has created a collection of comic series that pay tribute to this brand of martial arts, and recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the second issue of their series, The Adept. The campaign for the first issue launched in 2019 with over 1,500 backers and the campaign for the second issue has already surpassed its goal.

The Adept tells the story of a woman named Amy, who has a troubled past,. Her mysterious martial arts teacher has been training her in a dream world in preparation for a mysterious threat. The action opens when Amy must help prevent the kidnapping of pop star Sasha True at a concert she attends with her estranged sister. The rescue mission isn’t as simple as it appears, and Amy must continue her training in order to deal with a far bigger threat.

The first two issues of The Adept do a great job at establishing the world and the premise of the series. The action sequences are visually exciting and the mystery regarding the true nature of the threat that Amy must eventually face is intriguing. Though not a lot of answers are provided in the issues, it will be exciting to get more information in subsequent issues and to see how Amy will face this mysterious threat.

Amy is an interesting protagonist, and her mysterious troubled past adds a lot of depth to her character. Her compassion for others, particularly as she goes after her sister’s jerk boyfriend. And even more so later when Amy shows her empathy towards him as she learns the nature of his home life and the choices that he’s been forced to make while still admonishing him for his actions is a strength of her character. While much has yet to be revealed about her past, the subplots of her attempting to reconnect with her sister as well as her interactions with Sasha after rescuing her are interesting additions to the main action.

The supporting characters are interesting with understandable motivations, but it’s unclear if and how they will all fit into the main action. Amy’s mysterious teacher fits into the classic tropes of the mentor figure, but his true motivations and why he chose to train Amy of all people is one of the series’ biggest mysteries.

While The Adept’s first two issues provide a lot of great action and character moments, there are far more questions than answers. Hopefully, the series’ next issues provide more clarity while delivering on the same level of action and engaging plot.  

Author: Jessica Wolff

Jessica Wolff is a graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Film/Video. She has a passion for entertainment and representation in entertainment. She currently resides outside of Washington, DC.

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