|A Celestial of the Qing Empire, Gold is a child of the Jade
Building Block of the World, with the true form of a stone. He is also a mischievous
troublemaker, playing jokes on others and not thinking about the consequences. After
tricking a price and princess hes sent to serve the Tiger Lord, unable to take on
human form as a punishment. Released after 100 years service, he ends up in Hong Kong.
is the Dragon princess tricked by Gold; she agrees to his release provided he not come
near her unless invited. 100 years later she needs his help and asks for a favour, one
that has unintended consequences. For interfering in human matters they are sentenced by
the Jade Emperor to serve in human form. They work well together and eventually end up
serving the Dark Lord.
Xuan Wu is the First Celestial General, second only to the Jade Emperor. Known as the
Dark Lord, he is immensely powerful with two True Forms a turtle and a snake. He is
married to Michelle, a human singer. Gold and Jade have a new task; protect Michelle from
the demons that would use her to control the Dark Lord.
Theres an interesting story for the plot, with a strong cast of characters and a
new twist on demonology. I liked Michelle at first but my opinion quickly changed. I found
her to be silly, hysterical, and mean when she viewed her husbands True Form as
monstrous and gets him to promise never to change, which quickly drains his energy. It was
also stupid, as draining his energy means he cant protect her as well as if he had
his full strength. He should have been able to change, just not around her, and why marry
the poor guy if she couldnt accept all of him though a snake, yuck!
Jumping from the present to background from the past, the story is told partly in
cartoon strips and partly in written words. The Shen have a deep background and are part
of a series, though this is a standalone story. I didnt like it at first then got
pulled into the story. Worth a try if you have never tried graphic novels and are looking
for something different.