Minister of Cadador (Meridian, Vol. 5)

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9781931484701: Minister of Cadador (Meridian, Vol. 5)
From Publishers Weekly:

Sigils, mysterious designs that appear on the bodies of people throughout the CrossGen universe, give unexpected and uncontrolled powers and are usually bestowed in pairs to encourage equal combat between antagonists who are moral opposites. On the planet of Demetria, one sigil-bearer is Sephie, innocent and beautiful ruler of Meridian; the other is her evil uncle Ilahn, who controls Cadador, a powerful but corrupt city. Sephie beats Ilahn in battle, and he disappears; she is determined to rule Cadador benevolently and reform it. However, she discovers the city's residents are perfectly content to live as they're used to. Sephie finds herself using her sigil's power more desperately to get her way. She also lies to people she wants to influence and discovers how satisfying it is to express her anger in explosive bursts. In short, she realizes she could become like her uncle after all. These episodes contain an unusually realistic look at the frustrations of extraordinary power. The art also has matured a bit since Meridian began. Sephie looks somewhat less like an Art Nouveau maiden with a head surrounded by a corona of floating blonde tresses. Appropriately enough, given that Sephie feels weighed down by responsibilities and has much less chance to soar freely, these stories contain fewer showy mid-air action scenes than earlier issues of the comic did. It's not that the art is ugly or uninteresting-in fact, it's even more remarkable because it shows the creators of Meridian aren't content to endlessly repeat themselves.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Adult/High School-Sephie learns that her uncle Ilahn is not the only person on Cadador to value commerce over compassion as she clashes with his counselors after assuming the position of Minister of Cadador, and Ilahn and his mistress conspire to oust her. Sephie leaves Cadador to try to help the citizens of two city-states destroyed by Ilahn rebuild their economies. Her idealism is shaken as she faces the fact that Ilahn is not the only greedy, amoral person around and that not everyone views her as a compassionate savior. She copes with the challenges of growing up as she discovers that all problems cannot be solved by using her powers and mourns the loss of her first love. Beautiful, lush, colorful artwork complements the text. The artists change a few times, but the characters remain recognizable, and the overall look of the book remains the same.
Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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