Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro wastes no time getting the two heroines together and, wonder of wonders, they cooperate almost immediately! It helps that Black Sparrow is a huge fangirl of Lady Zorro’s (“I would crawl from my grave for a chance to fight beside Lady Zorro”), and the two are almost immediately in a position to fight a common enemy. Black Sparrow’s initial mission also ties in with the Prince’s plot almost at once, allowing this issue to be both a stand-alone and an entry into the overall Swords of Sorrow story.
Erica Schultz gets the action going right away, presenting the two women in parallel circumstances as each stages a getaway. They have to face not only the enemies from their own time and place but, very shortly, the Prince’s minions. This makes Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro one of the spinoff titles with the closest ties to the main storyline where the Prince is planning on changing reality with his power. Both women, it must be added, are quick on the uptake, connecting the strangeness they both face with the strangeness of the Courier and thus being ready for combat in increasingly bizarre circumstances.
Christhian Zamora gives the two similar body language, even before they meet, and has them outright echo one another’s poses when turning to face the pursuing enemy. Bodily proportions can be somewhat awkward, with profile and three-quarter face views intermixing awkwardly. Although the main coloring is strong, Salvator Aiala Studios has blurred them at different points, sometimes giving the impression that both women are wearing mis-applied lipstick.
Overall, Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro is a fun outing and an enjoyable addition to the Swords of Sorrow storyline.
Writer: Erica Schultz
Artist: Christhian Zamora
Colors: Salvatore Aiela Studios
Cover: Joyce Chin with colors by Ivan Nunes