(1 review) Write a Review
Khary Randolph (Contributor),
Emilio López (Contributor)
Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others-of higher potential-but never themselves.

Now it's time for Spencer to follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future...who will stand beside him?

KHARY RANDOLPH and BRANDON THOMAS ignite a generational war in this action-fantasy series, made entirely by creators of color, and committed to one truth above all others-Excellence is Real.

Collects EXCELLENCE #1-6.

1 Review Hide Reviews Show Reviews

  • 5
    Excellence, it's in the name

    Posted by Galen Paul on Oct 7th 2021

    For context, I have never purchased a comic book, which is not to say that I wasn't interested, but I never quite knew where to "jump in." Recently, I learned about Excellence on Twitter and decided that it was time to dive into the comic book universe. I am grateful that I did so.

    There are three elements of Excellence which drew me in and maintained my interest: the story, the dialogue, and the artwork. I may not be a comic expert, but those three elements seem essential to any successful comic work.

    The story presented in Excellence is unique and fresh. If one only looked at the cover to deduce that this was a cliché tale about witches and wizards, they would be grossly mistaken. Excellence introduces a wizarding world unlike any other, one that is unquestionably rooted in fantasy yet so compellingly real.

    The story in Excellence is communicated through two channels, dialogue between characters and the main character's inner monologue. This communication style adds depth to the character's presented in the comic and facilitates their development as the story progresses. The strength of the dialogue facilitates a feeling that these are real and tangible characters. The conversations, arguments, and heart-felt exchanges are audible despite being confined to the written word. The monologue that carries on through the story allows the reader to see into the mind of the main character, Spencer Dale. To see how Spencer's spoken word differs from his inner voice creates both inter- and intra-character conflict that keeps the story moving forward.

    Where the dialogue is so rewarding, so too is the artwork of this comic. The scenes as they are drawn inspire the sense of action, urgency, and excitement. Yet at the same time, the art inspires a sense of intimacy and closeness with the characters at their moments of nadir.

    In summary, whether you are brand new to comics as I am or a long-time reader, you will likely enjoy this comic book. I am eager for the next installment!