Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds In Sword Daughter #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Elsbeth and Dag are hiding out in the mountains, and the Forty Swords are coming for them. Dag is ready to face them, but he doesn’t want Elsbeth to stay for the fight. She joins him anyway, but, when the tide of the fight turns, Dag tries one last time to send Elsbeth away. In the future, Elsbeth attacks and burns down a prison in the hopes of finding someone.

Sword Daughter #6 cover by Ben Oliver
Sword Daughter #6 cover by Ben Oliver

Sword Daughter #6 brings us the climactic confrontation between Dag, Elsbeth, and the Forty Swords. This is what the previous five issues have been building towards, and we get to see the triumph or futility of our dysfunctional pair of heroes.

Of course, the conflict between Dag and his daughter is just as prevalent in Sword Daughter as the war against the Forty Swords. I wouldn’t say it’s brought to any sort of closure, but I don’t think it ever could either.

Sword Daughter has always been about how terrible a father Dag is. Even once he starts looking after Elsbeth again, he brings her into his death wish of a crusade against a vast army of marauders and mercenaries.

There was never a chance that Dag and Elsbeth could wholly understand one another nor settle the conflict that separates them.

Sword Daughter #6 art by Mack Chater, Jose Villarrubia, and letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot
Sword Daughter #6 art by Mack Chater, Jose Villarrubia, and letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot

The action scenes are fantastic. Mack Chater’s artwork depicts the violence and bloodshed in a beautiful tapestry set against a vast and alienating background. Chater makes sure the reader sees how small the principal characters are in comparison to the huge and dangerous world around them. The sword fights are articulated in such a way that you can see how each panel leads to the next. Jose Villarrubia’s color work is also quite beautiful, and it gives texture and tone to this world.

Sword Daughter #6 brings the story to a bloody and brutal conclusion. That said, it’s a strangely beautiful comic that shows how bonding over a shared goal won’t necessarily mend all rifts. Brian Wood, Mack Chater, and Jose Villarrubia put together something truly special here, and it earns a recommendation with ease. Give it a read.

Sword Daughter #6 comes to us from writer Brian Wood, artist and variant cover artist Mack Chater, color artist Jose Villarrubia, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Ben Oliver.

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