Canto has reached the climax of the journey to find his beloved. In this issue, David Booher reminds us about the life lessons of hope and courage. The Shrouded Man has revealed his story as a knight who failed his mission, lost his heart and all hope. This was the reflection of shame he saw in himself and set out onto others. In his warped mind, the Shrouded Man feels that he has set all people free by taking away their hopes and dreams. Without hope, we lose our courage to excel. As Canto looked into the pool, saw his reflection was love and regained his hope.
Canto looked at his failure dead on and sprung back with courage to pick himself up. Since our ability to bounce back from defeat is crucial to eventual success, failure gives us the opportunity to build our resiliency. Failures force us to rethink, reconsider and find new resources and means to achieve our ends. Canto refuses to follow the same path as the once brave knight turned into a cowardly slave owner. After a great confrontation with the Shrouded Man, Canto made it back to his people through a little help of a friend. It is then, that Canto has realized how his actions of courage give others the courage to overcome obstacles.
Booher has successfully created an awesome fantasy world with a hint of realism that can touch his audience of all ages. He took us on a journey of mystery and strange lands with strong character development in each issue. Booher’s storytelling was paced out perfectly without feeling of being rushed or losing his audience. As Canto’s inspiring adventure has come to a close, Booher carefully placed some open-ended questions that could leave the door open for his journey to continue.
Drew Zucker, Vittorio Astone, and Deron Bennett show that they are a perfect fit for Booher’s Canto storyline. From the first issue to the last, this team captured the essence of the strange lands of this fantasy world, the small tin-people, and the beasts of the land. Bennette did wonders of lettering during the narration of this story. The best part of Zucker’s work is how he skillfully brings the emotions out of each character, especially Canto. The artwork and coloring is absolutely eye catching, especially the dark and creepy beasts. Astone has demonstrated the ability to balance his coloring throughout this story arc. He killed it with the bright purples and pinks by around the magic casting by the Shrouded man as he began to fight Canto.
David Booher and his super team have created a small tale with large heart. Canto is an awesome piece of speculative fiction that can inspire anyone and all ages. This fantasy storyline is filled with cool creatures, elements of magic and strategic world building craft that focus on each aspect the well-paced storytelling. Is this the end of Canto’s journey or will Booher bring him back for a new arc? Time will tell.
Spectacular! Plenty of heart with hope and courage!
Canto #6: Your Courage is Our Courage
Writing - 10/1010/10
Storyline - 9.5/109.5/10
Art - 9.5/109.5/10
Color - 9.5/109.5/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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