In this review of Time Wars: the Adventures of Kobra Olympus #1, we see the introduction of a new super heroine, the transgender and Muslim hero Agent Tha.
Time Wars: The Adventures of Kobra Olympus, Issue 1: Battle of the Blood Golem
Writer: Bijham Agha
Release Date: October 3, 2023
This review contains spoilers
Time Wars: the Adventures of Kobra Olympus #1 opens with the mysterious heroine, Agent Tha holding a device facing what can only be called a blood golem.
To find out how we got here we go back one hour. We meet Kobra Olympus, she is on a first date with Dorothy Diamond. The two appear to be hitting off well enough except Kobra has an inner struggle. She is not only gay but she is transgender. Dorothy is also gay but she asks questions that concern Kobra. Most notably involving her chosen name of Kobra. She answers the question to the best of her ability but h=she is interrupted by the server returning with the bill and some fortune cookies. Kobra’ a cookie is a message from the future. It is a warning of a robbery at a bank including the address and a time. Kobra is forced to leave abruptly but why is she going to a bank?
The answer to that question soon comes, but first, she must transform into her alter ego, Agent Tha. She arrives at the address and discovers that it is in fact a blood bank. Tha enters and encounters the robbers who are actually vampires. They fight and before the last vampire is knocked out, it activates a device. Blood explodes from the crates and takes the form of a blood golem.
The golem destroys the building and starts a rampage of the area. Tha is not sure of how to fight this thing. She decides to break the device and the creature splashes over the heroine. She leaves the scene. The Nantes in her suit can clean themselves but she must get home for a much needed shower.
On returning home she gets a message from Dorothy. Dorothy says she liked spending time with Kobra but she thinks she said something wrong. She admits that she never dated a trans person before. Kobra realizes that not only does Dorothy like her but she knows and accepts that she is trans. She spends the night texting with her new friend, the end.
The art is on the simple side but it is very satisfying to see. What is lacking in backgrounds is more that made up for in the designs of the characters. I like the detail in the art. In the first panel Agent Tha is shown holding the device that created the golem and ultimately destroyed it. I like that attention to detail. I liked the design of Kobra Olympus. She is drawn in traditional Muslim garb including a head covering. Her date in contrast is dressed respectfully and she has what can be considered a punk hair style with long on the one side and shaved on the other side. This gives Dorothy a distinctive look.
The story itself is wonderfully crafted. I appreciate meeting Kobra on her first date. It makes sense that this is how we see her. She is openly trans but she really does not dwell much on it except to thoughts of herself. She likes her date but she is afraid that Dorothy does not realize that she is trans. Dorothy for her part does and does not think it is a turn off, her major issue is she really does not know how to talk to a trans person.
This is a common feeling from my own experience as a trans person. Kobra looks distinctively female. I on the other hand do not however I am personally having the same treatments as Kobra but I do not look as far along as she does. I appreciate this little detail. It is a true inner struggle and the joy and relief Kobra feels at the end is real. She likes Dorothy and she realizes that Dorothy likes her just for who she is.
This is a wonderful story if not for the inclusion of other types of people as well a representation for both the religious aspect as well as Kobra’s gender. I hope to read more stories like this in the future.
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