Most people by now are somewhat familiar with anthology publisher 2000 AD, whether or not they’re even aware of it. The weekly british magazine serializes various stories in each issue, the most well known here in the states being the ever popular Judge Dredd. After the small cult following of the latest Dredd movie demanded more, the publisher decided to put out a one-shot sequel comic, Dredd: Underbelly, and it was accepted with open arms, and even went to a second printing. These printings were done in America’s standard comic format, something that 2000 AD wasn’t exactly familiar with as far as their own output.

So they’ve decided to give us on the other side of the pond another taste from the pages of their weekly anthology. Brass Sun, which was originally run in 2000 AD’s primary magazine, is getting the standard comic treatment in a monthly six issue mini-series, and I must say it is really enjoyable. This first series will cover the british version’s first chapter, “Wheel of Worlds,” and hopefully be followed up by it’s sequel, “The Diamond Age” if it does well enough.

Universe

Brass Sun is a completely new concept when it comes to comic storytelling here in the US. It does not take place in this universe, or even any other real or possible other universes. It takes place in a cog universe called the Orrery, one that revolves around, you guessed it, a brass sun on rods and cogs, reminiscent of a solar system you probably made in grade school. Many of the planets in this system are populated, but we focus our attentions here on one singular planet, one whose people believe in the divinity of the cog, and how it binds them and how their fate is utterly dependent on its rotation.

Like many nations here on planet Earth, their government rules and controls it’s people based on their faith of the cog and its creator. Heretics are burned at the stake, books and certain technologies are banned for fear of shattering the ruling classes dogmas. Anyone caught questioning is an enemy of the state.

HereticOn that side of the equation is where we find our protagonist, Wren, and her grandfather. A former Lord Bishop, Cadwallader has seen the errors of the ways of the government, and has spend a majority of his life researching to figure out why their world, and those around them, are dying and being iced over. Armed with his trusty telescope (one said technology that has been banned as to not debate the sanctity of religion) and various tools stolen from his job as Lord Bishop, Cadwallader has been piecing together why their beloved brass sun is slowly dying. This is all done in secrecy, of course, as anyone who tries to warn others of the impending doom of the dying sun is burned at the stake as a heretic.

Getting caught with this equipment is the first step in some kind of master plan Cadwallader has to save the solar system. He arms his granddaughter with everything she will need to advance his plan, and hurries her out the door before the city guards come to beat and arrest him. This is where the story of the salvation of the Orrery really begins. Betrayal, destruction, murder, and fantasy all collide in this epic portrayal of beauty and survival.

Ian Edginton thrusts you into a world so gracefully that you are immediately immersed in its wonder and its problems. Never once was I questioning how this universe was possible, or how their solar system works. He gives us everything we need to fill in the blanks and leaves us in a suspension of disbelief. He has done a great job of compiling this story into comic book form, and leaving me wanting more.

This world is drawn and brought to us by a talented artist by the name of I. N. J. Culbard. I realize that his work is not going to be appreciated by everyone (it’s very british, whatever that means), but I think it is absolutely fantastic, and synchronizes gorgeously with this story.

Elk

I have to leave you with two of my favorite things from this book. The first is that I always love it when a prisoner spits his blood onto his captor. It gets me every time. The second is Wren’s Elk. I’m not quite sure how much more we’ll see of this gorgeous creature, but I thought it was majestic and fantastic.

Brass Sun was a super low print run, but I highly suggest you find some way to read it if any of this article spoke to you at all. It is just further proof that some of the most fantastic storytelling in comics right now is coming from the independent publishers. Hop on the second print, and finish out this first series (it’s only six issues for crying out loud).

Brass Sun can be purchased at your local comic book shop (hopefully!), or online digitally at 2000 AD.

Overall Score
95 %

A beautiful and refreshing book from the other side of the pond, Brass Sun collects an ongoing story from 2000 AD, and delivers beautifully.

Story 100%
Art 90%

About The Author

Greetings nerds! I suppose you've come here to not only satisfy your curiosity on what an opinionated fool such as myself looks like, but also to delve into the mind of one of the worlds finest super villains. Well you aren't going to get either, so deal with it.

By day I'm a mild mannered creative in advertising. I make pretty things move for big screen, local advertisements. By night I am a photographer, video gamer, movie buff, Pokemon Master (yes, I have a completed Pokedex and I battle frequently), monster hunter, hockey enthusiast, writer, giant mech and kaiju lover, and last but not least, a crazy and erratic comic book collector. First and foremost, I love Batman. I love creator owned comics. The big two are nice and all, but I'm always in need of new and fresh ideas, people that break the mold of the medium. I like books that aren't afraid to tear the industry apart to tell their story. Yes I reread and over analyze probably far more than I should. Yes my passion is so great that I love books sometimes for no reason, and hate others because of minor little nitpicks. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
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