Item description for Black Tide: Awakening of the Key by Mike S. Miller Debbie Bishop...
As the leader of the most covert black ops team in the world, Justin has devoted his life to saving others. In this series he discovers that not only was he once the most powerful villain of ancient civilization, but also: his enemies are back! Atlantis has been newly recreated and hidden from mankind, by Atlanteans regenerated from its ashes. On a mission to solve the mystery of a series of international murders, realities collide when he is reunited with his past. In a weird twist of fate, he triggers the same series of events that led to the destruction of his ancient land. He is a changed man. Remembers nothing of his past. But how he deals with the present will either save us or destroy us all.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.12" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Jan 14, 2004
Publisher Angel Gate
ISBN 1932431004 ISBN13 9781932431001
Reviews - What do customers think about Black Tide: Awakening of the Key?
COMPLEX PLOT WITH MANY CHARACTERS May 2, 2005
Black Tide has had a publishing history as complex as the plot of its story. Starting with Image, then moving on to Avatar before finding its home at Angel Gate press. It's not easy trying to categorize Black Tide. There are characters with super powers who wear costumes but it's not a super hero title really. Part Sci-fi, part fantasy, with elements of covert intrigue and superhero action, Black Tide is one of the more multifaceted stories I've read in quite a long time. Trying to summarize the story in a short review would not really do the multi-layered plotline justice, but let me give you a bit of a synopsis.
Nearly 13,000 years ago the legendary lost city of Atlantis was destroyed and sunk beneath the ocean, yet its people endured. Using far advanced technology the people regenerated themselves, building a new home, far below the surface, cloaked from modern man. It is in this modern world we meet Justin Braddock, leader of a special ops team known as "The Deceivers." All his life he has been haunted by strange nightmares and he's finally about to find out why. While on a mission he encounters Kaila, an Atlantean and helps her rescue an Atlantean Prince named Theros. They return to Atlantis where Justin comes face-to-face with the revelation that he had once been Atlantis' greatest enemy, Villonious, responsible for much bloodshed and death. Villonious had been placed in stasis and was regenerated as a human who should not have had these memories of his previous life. Queen Celestia decrees that Justin be put to death for his past crimes but Theros intercedes on his behalf since he is the rightful ruler. He frees Justin, and to Celestia's consternation, Justin, Theros, and Kaila leave Atlantis for the surface world.
We then find out that Kaila herself is also a member of the Deceivers as well and Justin never knew it. They were once lovers in Atlantis but Justin now does not hold those same feelings as he did as Villonious. Celestia will not give up her son or Justin so easily and allies herself with the Catharta, the witch who stole Theros' powers. While all this is going on, Justin and Kaila are determined to find out who killed Justin's partner and friend, and also track down terrorists who intend to use a biological bomb at an international summit meeting. Theros is forced to return to Atlantis to deal with great trouble at home. The Atlanteans are not happy that Theros freed the slaves before he left and there is rebellion on the rise against him.
Whew! And trust me I'm being brief. Writer Debbie Bishop has woven a story that is extremely intricate and layered with plots, and sub-plots and even a few sub sub-plots, I think. It's certainly not a story you can breeze through and I found myself re-reading sections just to make sure I had everything straight. One thing Bishop does is devote a full page here and there to a character, giving their background, powers, etc, which really helps you get a handle on who is who in the story. Kind of like a graphic novel scorecard. The art by Mike S. Miller is first-rate and very smooth. If you like in-depth, elaborate storylines, then this is unquestionably a book you'll want to read. It's rare that you get a comic series this complex today.
Reviewed by Tim Janson
Interesting So far Jun 4, 2004
I saw an article on Newsarama about this book and decided to check it out. So far so good, the art is above average reminding me of Crossgen's Scion.