Aikonia is a story of magic, the powerful force behind every great wizard, witch, and warlock. The life blood if each sorcerer and the power behind every mage. Now what if that incredible force was contained all in a separate plane of existence? What if we tapped into this plane, pulled the power to our world, and the resulting phenomena we witnessed was what we called magic? Now, take all that and bundle it up with the fact that by doing so you were unwittingly tearing holes between this world and the other plane? What do you think would happen? What are the consequences of such actions? All these questions get answered in this great story.
The first arc opens in a mage school of sorts, where young individuals come from all over to learn the ways of sorcery. A young man makes the discovery that they are ripping holes between the planes and immediately warns the council members who preside over the institute. At this point, we learn that not everything is what it seems, and not everyone is as aligned as they would hope. With the sacrifice of a young woman and the summoning of a strange entity to inhabit her body, things take a dark turn as it is now a game of espionage and cunning to try and save as many students as possible before the worst happens.
The story is a fascinating look at the power magic is and what people would do to ensure it’s safety as well as the safety of others. The characters we see in the first arc are developed quite nicely, though there are a few things I wish had been touched on a tiny bit more, but hey it’s a continuing story so I’m sure we’ll get the answers eventually. The first arc really sets the mood of the current world it is about before wrapping up nicely and showing us how things change as the next takes place. Sorry about being vague, but I do so enjoy avoiding spoilers if only to entice you to read the comics.
The art is a bit rigid at first, the actions of the characters feeling somewhat clunky and the spells being simple blasts of light with some runes as the catalyst, but as the comic progresses the become much more intricate and the actions much more fluid. There really isn’t a massive change in art until around the end of the first arc or perhaps the start of the next. It is one of the more subtle evolutions of a webcomic that I’ve seen and it is very interesting to read and watch as it continues changing.
Overall Aikonia is a wonderful story with an interesting spin on magic and all its rules and powers. If you’d like to find out what happens, give it a read and let me know what you think.
And, as always, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.