Apr 2, 2011: Honor & Truth takes place in a dystopian near-future, where the war between the religious beliefs has been replaced by an all-out war on religious belief itself, by atheistic science; which refers to believers as "The Dim", and has marginalized them to a wretched underground existence. In an effort to wipe them out utterly, the Scientists succeeded in poisoning the Believers to the extent that a whole generation of children were born with severe birth defects that killed all but a few; a few seemingly normal children, with powers and abilities the scientists had not forseen. Now those children must be guarded, until the day they can join in the fight against the Scientists; as the Supreme Scientist rushes to capture enough of these children to study what it is that they have inadvertantly created, before it brings down their world.
Honor is one of these special children, cared for by Old Mother, who is her guardian, and cares for many lost and stray kids. Now eighteen years old, Honor sets out to find her destiny in Sinistral City, unaware of her past, her central importance in the coming struggle, and of the forces arrayed against her.
From chapter one of this lively tale, the writing is excellent, solid, and descriptive, and the characters are well-developed and interesting. Around chapter three, the story really begins to kick into gear, and every chapter only keeps the pressure going, introducing new characters, tensions, and possibilities.
Each chapter is illustrated with anime style artwork by The Artist. While I personally find a lot of "anime style" stuff to be somewhat overbearing, the art here is unique to itself, drawn with a simplicity and subtlety that is quite lovely.
There are also short side stories that illuminate certain characters, motivations, histories, and in-between-the-chapters scenes, that are often revealing.
It updates about twice per month (or every two weeks). But there are also multiple writer’s blog entries in between, to keep you posted, and keep you from freaking out waiting for the next installment.
Check out Honor & Truth. It’s worthwhile and worth your while.
You know I’ll be there.
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