Title: Kriss - The Gift of Wrath Vol. 1
Author: Naifeh & Wucinich
Publisher: Oni Press
Publication Date: 17 September 2019
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy/YA
Source: ARC via NetGalley
Lean, ghostly pale, and permanently grim-faced, Kriss has always been an outsider in his small village. Not even his adoptive parents love him. Only Anja, the blacksmith's daughter, brings kindness and friendship into the life of the sullen teenager. But Kriss is haunted by dim memories of his true father, Erikk Iron Tooth, the king of Darkovia.
When Anja's mother is killed by a wild sabercat from the far north, the young girl's world is shattered, and Kriss determines to avenge her. Armed with only a pitchfork, the skinny teen sets out to kill the beast, only to learn that it's actually a dark spirit from Darkovia, come to bring him his destiny. The spirit grants Kriss the power to vanquish the mightiest foes, and commands him to reclaim his father's kingdom. But his gift of power comes with a price — uncontrollable rage. And leaving the village would mean leaving Anja, the only person who's always been there for him. Kriss must choose between his destiny and Anja, who needs his friendship more than ever. But his growing power, and the fiery anger that comes with it, threatens to make the choice for him, and burn everything he holds dear.
Kriss: The Gift of Wrath had a fun, entertaining premise. I enjoyed the artwork (with colour choices that aided the storytelling wonderfully) and I closed the final page thinking I would like to read on to find out what will happen next. My one small complaint was the pacing. I felt there were a few drags here and there; however, each time the action returned, it made up for those slowdowns with some great moments. I hope future volumes will further explore Kriss' powers and the mythology as his adventures continue.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.