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Review: Chaotic Nation

First of all, I’d like to apologize for the lateness of this review. The internet here was down for most of the day due to a storm last night, but it is back and things should progress smoothly.

Chaotic Nation tells the story of two young men, Areitus a human mage, which is something unheard of in this society, and Taron a hot-headed sword fighter whose mouth is sharper than his skills. Together they travel around looking for a purpose in their lives. Well, the mage does at least, Taron is more along to make sure his friend doesn’t get hurt or worse.

After coming across a young woman being mugged she introduces them to a resistance group dedicated to fighting the strange race of magic users that kidnap people and kill for the fun of it. Thinking he could finally do some good Areitus decides to join them while Taron is less than thrilled. Together along with the group known as Final Ground, they embark on a journey fraught with danger and peril at every turn.

The story is interesting, having some intrigue and some fun characters as well as an overhanging plot that really foreshadows some intense circumstances later to come. While it’s not too played out, the unique magic user up against an army of evil magic users, it does have its own personal flare with how magic is used and the incantations that they speak to cast a spell.

The art is wonderful if a bit static when it comes to action sequences. When they are just standing or walking while speaking to one another it is very easy to just get sucked into the world, but when combat starts that’s when things kind of get iffy. There doesn’t look to be any motion in some of the early fight scenes which really catches you eye in an unflattering way. Thankfully as the story progresses, and the artist improves at their craft, you can see a clear difference between the past fights and the current ones, so if you stick it out and try not to be a nitpicker too much you’ll come to enjoy this comic very much.

While I didn’t find a patreon anywhere like usual the artist does have an Etsy page you can visit and snag some cool merch from them, fair warning though, they sell some pretty risque items. You have been warned. Along with that you might want to follow their tumblr of @zyephens-insanity for any future updates or if you just wanna check out their stuff. If you like my reviews, please be sure to check out my Patreon page, maybe give me some ideas for reward tiers as well.

And, as always, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.