The 7th Sword is a science fiction graphic novel cross between Mad Max and 7 Samurai. The artwork is clean and not fussy and the action scenes adequate. But I also can’t say this brings anything new to the table, either. It is a forgettable read that lacks the nuances and cleverness needed to elevate beyond being more than a pleasant time waster.
Story: The arc of the series is one of redemption: following Earth warrior and bushido follower Daniel who was abandoned on a desert planet after a large battle. He seeks only to make enough money to get back to Earth but will find himself protecting a remote village from a vicious warlord and his robotic army.
The premise of the 7 Samurai story is intact here: Samurai warrior Daniel trains a village to defend itself and in doing so, makes up for his violent past. The introduction to the character of Daniel is done through a very ‘Mad Max’ scene of protecting a tanker as it travels through a desert landscape not unlike the Australia outback. Though he isn’t able to save the tanker, it will bring him into contact with the village and the beginning of their siege.
Cue attractive daughter of the leader who must take over when her father is murdered. Along with almost all of the other characters, she feels more cliche than person, the cute but upright love interest to melt Daniel’s heart. Her square jawed boyfriend will naturally get jealous and there is even a Mad Max Road Warrior kid for Daniel to protect.
The artwork is perhaps the biggest disappointment. It is easy to follow but all the clean but very generic peasants wearing clean but very generic clothing makes for a very bland comic. Truly, all the characters lack..character. And call me old fashioned, but I wish Daniel Cray had been Japanese and/or had Japanese tattoos rather than random designs. It felt a let down to use the Bushido fighting style but eject all of the culture behind it.
So yes, easy to follow but instantly forgettable. By no means terrible but not great, either.