Soulfire

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Soulfire
Soulfire pin-up. Art by Michael Turner
and Peter Steigerwald.
Publication information
Publisher Aspen MLT
First appearance Wizard #139 (March, 2003)
Created by Michael Turner
In-story information
Full name Grace
Partnerships Malikai
Soulfire
Cover for Soulfire #0,
art by Michael Turner
and Peter Steigerwald.
Series publication information
Publisher Aspen MLT
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Fantasy comics
Publication date
(vol. 1)
May 2004 – July 2009
(vol. 2)
September 2009 – January 2011
(vol. 3)
April 2011 – May 2012
(vol. 4)
August 2012 – Present
Number of issues (vol. 1): 11
(vol. 2): 10
(vol. 3): 8
(vol. 4): 1
Creative team
Writer(s) (vol. 1-4)
J.T. Krul
Penciller(s) (vol. 1)
Michael Turner
Joe Benitez
(vol. 2)
Marcus To
(vol. 3-4)
Jason Fabok
Inker(s) (vol. 2)
Saleem Crawford
Richard Zajac
Colorist(s) (vol. 1)
Peter Steigerwald
(vol. 2)
Beth Sotelo
(vol. 3)
John Starr

Soulfire is a comic book produced by Aspen MLT that is one in a line of titles created by Michael Turner. The original characters were created between 2000 and 2002 with Soulfire (originally named Dragonfly) set to be produced under the Top Cow although that never came to be. Only when Michael Turner started his company Aspen MLT, did the comic begin production in April 2003.

The Soulfire 'preview' issue was first printed in Wizard magazine #139 in March 2003. The preview introduced the two central protagonists of the story, Malikai and Grace.

Story[edit]

Soulfire is centered around the idea of "magic" being gone from the world. The story follows a boy named Malikai and a rag tag team of magical beings and cyborgs . Malikai's quest as the chosen one is to bring magic back to the hardened future of (2211 AD) and stop it from being used by evil.

Storylines[edit]

Soulfire: Dying of the Light[edit]

A related comic limited series that sets the stage for the Soulfire series is a spin-off. It takes place in the end of the last era of magic where a disease is killing magical beings and parts of magic (such as the wings so many rely on in this era to fly)....

Soulfire: Chaos Reign[edit]

Is a Soulfire limited series. It takes place in primal times of the Soulfire universe, back when magic was still raw and untapped. It also led into the second volume of Soulfire, released in summer 2006. This is the second such series to spin out of the Soulfire limited series.

Soulfire: New World Order[edit]

While Soulfire is a limited series of 10 issues, it does not end there. It continues in the mini-series New World Order. New World Order is the bridge between Volume 1 and 2. It is 5 issues with a beginnings issue and number 0 issue. It is written by J.T. Krul with art by Francisco Herrera. Each issue also contains a Soulfire Vol. 2 backup story called Resurgence.

Characters[edit]

Soulfire[edit]

  • Malikai -- A young boy who is chosen to bring back magic to the world.
  • Grace -- A winged female individual who plans on doing what is necessary to bring magic back to the world. She chooses Malikai to take on the task.
  • Sonia -- Friend of Malikai, whom she harbors a crush on. According to creator Michael Turner, her hair changes colors with her mood.
  • PJ -- Friend of Malikai. Many facial piercings and long, spiked hair. Sometimes acts as Mal's bodyguard (see issue #1).
  • Benoist -- A warrior in the "Battle Pit" whom Grace, Malikai, Sonia, and PJ seek help from. Harbors a grudge against Rainier.
  • Rainier -- Antagonist in the series. Responsible for the corruption of magic, also the one who created the mechanical dragon.
  • Onyx -- A winged female mercenary who works for Rainier. We first see her when she attempts to kidnap Malikai.
  • Dragon -- The destructive creation of Rainier.

Soulfire: Dying of the Light[edit]

  • Grace -- A young winged female (a Rahtumi) from the kingdom of Empyrea, daughter of Aglalia. Upon the death of her aunt she seeks out the answer to why an illness is taking over her kingdom.
  • Mooncrest -- A dragon, friend of Grace. Later, Rainier takes control of him, forcing Grace to make a decision on her friend's life.
  • Aglalia -- Seen in the preview issue, Grace's mother, was seen at her own mother's side as she lay on her deathbed.
  • Dex - A winged male, he is a strong brute who takes Faye to see the King's Magi upon her sudden illness. Later he aids Grace in seeking out a cure for the illness taking hold on the land.
  • Faye -- a winged female like Grace, seen with Dex and later taken by him to see the King's Magi. Later she aids Grace in finding the answers to the illness falling upon the land.
  • King Minas - King of Arcadia. Was being driven to madness from paranoia of the illness taking over the land.
  • Nala -- A winged female, joined Dex in seeking out Troy, her partner after he was escorted to see the Magi and had not returned for eight days.
  • Troy -- Nala's life partner, a winged male. Was locked up for eight days after Nala took him to see the King's Magi. Later dies - victim of the illness.
  • Rainier -- A sorcerer who tried to control the Dragons.
  • Vinn -- Right hand man of King Minas, was aware of his King's madness but could do nothing to help. Was responsible for locking up the Magi, Troy and Faye. Later reveals he only did it for the sake of the kingdom and aids Grace against Rainier.
  • Septh - A winged man, monk. Takes Grace to see Eyron, later falls pray to the illness that hits the land.
  • Eyron the Dragon -- Ancient Dragon, said to have been at the birth of magic. Knows the way magic works.
  • Wellspring -- Dragon, friend of Faye's, saved her and the others helping Grace from two other dragons. Later seen aiding Grace and the others against Ranier.
  • General Zanis -- General under King Minas' command. Was ordered to attack king Ornoth since Minas presumed the illness and assassination amount against him were from his kingdom.
  • King Ornoth -- king of Delphora, was blamed for poisoning the land of Arcadia by King Minas. Ornoth himself however was also a victim of the illness. Later he joins Zanis in fighting against Ranier.
  • Lucivia -- Monk, speaks on behalf of Eyron and later was tasked with hiding the eras existence from the future generations.
  • Halifax -- dragon, mother of Dandelion. Upon discovering she was dying she took her daughter to Eyron's mountain.
  • Dandelion -- a young dragon, brought to the monks for protection by her mother. Later given to Seph to raise.
  • Morlyn -- Winged male. Locked up by Vinn and later released to fight Ranier.

Soulfire: Chaos Reign[edit]

  • Miya -- Female winged person. Though female desired to learn to hunt and not follow traditional female roles within her tribe.
  • Noris -- Father of Miya.
  • Oshil -- Never seen but spoken of, Miya's brother killed by a panther.
  • Delna -- Miya's mother, she protested against her husband's willingness to train their daughter in the ways of the hunt after the death of their son. Later was dragged off during the night

Collections[edit]

Trade Paperbacks[edit]

Title Material Collected Publication Date ISBN
Soulfire Volume 1 Part 1 Soulfire Preview, Soulfire vol. 1 #0, #1-5 April, 2008 ISBN 0-9774821-2-X
Soulfire Volume 1 Part 2 Soulfire vol. 1 #6-10 June, 2010 ISBN 0-9823628-1-1
Soulfire: Dying of the Light Soulfire: Dying of the Light #0, #1-5 June, 2007 ISBN 0-9774821-1-1
Soulfire: Chaos Reign Soulfire: Chaos Reign #0, #1-3 July, 2008 ISBN 0-9774821-4-6

Film adaptation[edit]

A film adaptation of Soulfire is currently in development by producer Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Motion Pictures.[1][2] The announcement was made during a panel at the San Diego Comic Con in 2009.

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