Jirni Vol. 3 #3 Review: A Bland Protagonist in a Somewhat Creative Fantasy Setting

Ara, Kaspar, and Tongo fly on their airship in search of Kaspar's vessel. Ara reflects on the fate that befell her homeland and, she believes, her own mother. In reality, her mother, Luna, is elsewhere and being controlled by a malicious and vile man named Torinthal.

Jirni Vol. 3 #3 cover by Michael Sta. Maria
Jirni Vol. 3 #3 cover by Michael Sta. Maria and John Starr

Jirni Vol. 3 #3 is another fairly conventional fantasy comic, even if some of its ideas and visuals are creative.

The protagonist, Ara, is an unfortunately bland lead character with little going on besides resolve, courage, and a tragic backstory. Kaspar is the primary source of wit and personality, but even Kaspar feels like the conventionally spunky youth sidekick.

The situation between Luna and Torinthal—that being that Torinthal has Luna's vessel which forces Luna to obey his every whim—is a little…icky. Luna was a queen and strong female lead. However, her McGuffin allows a wormy despot to force her into subservience. It has a Jessica Jones-and-Kilgrave vibe to it but without any of the self-awareness. That's not to imply any malice on the part of the creative team, but it's not one of the stronger points in the comic for sure.

Jirni Vol. 3 #3 art by Michael Sta. Maria, Elias Pineda, Mauricio Campetella, and John Starr
Jirni Vol. 3 #3 art by Michael Sta. Maria, Elias Pineda, Mauricio Campetella, and John Starr

The action sequences are creative and well-structured, and this is, in part, due the creative art team of Michael Sta. Maria, Elias Pineda, Mauricio Campetella, and John Starr. The action flows well, is visually interesting, and the stabbings and cuttings are aptly impactful and enjoyable. The colors are vivid, vibrant, and eye-catching. There is that hint of cheesecake, especially in the armor designs of Ara and Luna, but that's the only real complaint regarding the visuals.

Jirni Vol. 3 #3 is a bland and conventional adventure comic. Ara isn't a compelling lead. Some of its ideas are unique, and the art is good. However, those two things aren't enough to salvage the comic. I can't quite recommend it, but it's not bad enough that you should stay away from it. If what I described sounds compelling to you, then feel free to give it a read.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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