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PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review: SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #1 from Image Comics

by Joshua Winchester
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PopCultHQ received a review copy of SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #1 from Image Comics. Available Wednesday, September 6th, the creative team for this series features writing from Thomas Girner, art from Galaad, and lettering from Jeff Powell.

Here’s PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of…


Written by Sebastian Girner
Art by Galaad
Letters by Jeff Powell

Cover by Galaad

In Shops: September 6, 2017

SRP: $3.99

It’s hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon, “the Dragon’s Maw,” an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumbers endless wealth…or certain doom! But what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey to destiny, for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness. Writer SEBASTIAN GIRNER (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER!) and artist GALAAD are proud to present SCALES & SCOUNDRELS, a colorful and exciting new monthly fantasy adventure from Image Comics, for scoundrels of all ages!

PopCultHQ’s Comic Book Review:


Sebastian Girner is one of those writers who seems to know the source material of what he is tasked with crafting in comics form. He immediately introduces readers to a world of magic and adventure, serving up a first helping of tantalizing characters with an interesting story premise to reel people in.


Galaad’s art doesn’t need much fanfare. It more than speaks for itself with how it may seem rather simple, but it’s not. It’s complex and it just adds more line to reeling in readers alongside Girner’s script for the first issue. Whatever it is Galaad has tapped into with art, it more than works and is sure to only grow the world of Scales and Scoundrels.

Jeff Powell’s lettering brings personality to the main character of Luvander with his lettering. She is sassy, bold, spoiling for treasure and quests and this can be seen through the lettering/dialogue. Jeff’s letters gives dimensional growth to even background characters too; they aren’t just a window dressing, they still matter even for the few pages/panels that they show up.

PopCultHQ’s overall assessment:

For readers who enjoy dragons, treasure, adventures and magic, there is all that to be found within the pages of Scales and Scoundrels #1. It is reminiscent of classic sword and sorcery books and comics from several decades ago, but there is no copying or homage giving in this series. Readers will find themselves pushed into a new world of adventures just waiting to be found, and will come back for more and to see what happens next to Luvander.

PopCultHQ’s Rating:

5 Out of 5 Stars

SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #1 can be purchased on ComiXology
and available at your local comic shop and online retailers Wednesday, September 6th!

Be sure to follow the creative team!

Writer- Sebastian Girner






Artist – Galaad






Letterer – Jeff Powell






Publisher – Image Comics

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