Top positive review
Great artwork, fills in the backstory of the novels
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2018
After finishing the original Red Rising trilogy I was excited to learn Pierce Brown had written an original prequel story adapted as a 6-issue graphic novel.
The artwork is gritty with heavy shadows and muted colors. It features a seamless blend of neoclassical and sci-fi images that perfectly mirror the books.
The best part of this reading experience was seeing the artist’s interpretation of the world of the novels—razors, Pinks, pulseShips, the original Iron Rain, and Obsidian warrior squads. I would have liked see more of the futuristic technology, such as the various types of body armor and the clawDrills.
When the origin story of the Sons of Ares freedom fighters was supplied in the novels, it left me with two questions, both of which were answered in this graphic novel:
1) Why was Sevro, a half-Gold half-Red baby allowed to live?
2) How did an angry, idealistic bronzie like Fitchner get teamed up with a calculating, economically-minded mogul like Quicksilver?
1st issue: Story of how Fitchner rose to the rank of Peerless Scarred.
2nd issue: How Fitchner was betrayed by his closest friend after he graduated the Institute. He becomes disillusioned because blood and family lineage are more valued in Gold society than merit and honor.
3rd issue: Fitchner secretly falls in love with a Red slave.
4th issue: Fitchner lives a double life on Mars, doing illegal jobs for his ruthless employer Quicksilver in exchange for protecting his Red wife.
5th issue: Fitchner’s wife and child are exposed, and he forms the Sons of Ares in a desparate attempt to save them both.