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THE LAST SKULL

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By T. E. Waters, member

Feb 15, 2011: I’ve been meaning to review this for a while, but decided to wait until the story reached a good stopping point to do so. Since the Tyrant arc just came to a conclusion, I figured this was as good a time as any.

First of all, I’m not a superhero fan, nor even a comics fan in general. But this story drew me in right away with its gripping voice and the opening scene, which though cliched on first glance, is nonetheless incredibly emotionally compelling.

So right from the beginning there were two things that thoroughly impressed me about this story:

  • Characters. The characters in this story pop. They’re not just a series of snappy one-liners (though there is plenty of that)—each of the main cast possesses a genuine emotional core that makes me actually care, as a reader, about what’s happening to them (as opposed to just being entertained by what they’re doing/saying).

Sue is a great heroine: snarky, occasionally a bit foolhardy, but badass and most importantly human. Her supporting cast is equally awesome.

And one of the things I found particularly entertaining were the wide variety of villains—some of whom I felt were a loving nod at some of the more bizarre or over-the-top aspects of the genre (keeping in mind though, again, that I’m not hugely familiar with superhero stuff), and others who were more genuinely terrifying. Really, I love that despite all its gritty realism (because yes, it is on the gritty, darker end of the superhero spectrum), the story maintains such an offbeat sense of humor without ever degenerating into downright silliness. It’s a great blend, as I enjoy both grit and camp, and the tone is never jarring.

  • The pacing. is just about perfect. The story is tight without ever skimping on character development or emotional beats, and features some of the best action scenes I’ve ever read. When I first found the story, I devoured all the chapters in one go and waited impatiently for more; I don’t think there’s been a single installment so far where I’m sitting around bored or waiting for something to happen.

In my opinion, the pacing has only slipped up a bit in the most recent arc, in which I think a lot of stuff was happening all at once, which made it difficult to juggle all the different plot threads (not to mention the character arcs!) Even then, though, the clarity of prose made it fairly easy to follow, so I think it ultimately holds up well and comes to a satisfying climax, if perhaps not as "cleanly" as the previous arcs.

Still, it’s been an absolute pleasure to follow. The world and its history are well thought out and very believable in context of the story. I look forward to reading more set in this universe.

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By Tahjir, member

Jul 3, 2010: The Last Skull is a realistic coming-of-age story about a sixteen year old girl coming to terms with and inheriting a family secret that just happens to involve a famous superhero persona.

I’m not a huge fan of superhero stories and comics, something about the complex, soap-opera-ish story lines mixed with the action typical of the genre turns me off instantly.

So I started reading The Last Skull hesitantly, expecting spandex-covered superhumans hurling cars and long-winded speeches at each other. I ended up reading everything that has been posted and wishing there was more.

I love realistic action, where acts of violence and the injuries that follow have consequences that you might expect in the real world. While there haven’t been many actions scenes so far, and there’s only been one superhero involved, what has been posted is well written and realistic.

Being a complete newbie when it comes to superhero stories, I’m fascinated by the perspective of some of the characters in this story, namely the ones who don’t have powers themselves. It’s neat seeing the world from their view, watching from the ground as these heroes and their opposites wage war.

I think this story is worth checking out even if you’re not interested in the genre, and would probably serve as a great introduction. It’ll be interesting to see where the author takes the world, and what sorts of heroes and villains appear.

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THE LAST SKULL

A making of a Anti-Hero?

By Jaws415, member

Jul 2, 2010: Like the super-hero genre but can’t stand how cartoony some super-hero fiction reads? Then this is for you.

So far a great story (Chapter 1 done, in middle of Chapter 2, still orgins/begining but already a small fight scene) with a lot of plot being built into it which I can’t wait to see how it develops. The story revolves around a female young teen who inherits the super hero persona the Skull. She knows next to nothing about heroing and is learning the hard way.

The writing is very thought out and flows easily, definately something worth checking out if you enjoy Legion of Nothing. Curious to see if the protagonist becomes more like the Skull’s persona which my take is that of a anti-hero.

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