Comic Review: Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This plot makes no sense. I have no idea who anyone is or what happened. The story is told by jumping between two (or three?) timelines, so there are all these different sets of characters, most of whom look alike, and it’s impossible to keep track of them all. There’s also a prophecy and a magic peacock dude that confused me even more. Then there came the giant sand babies; I’m not sure if they were real or imagined. Was that part of a giant sand baby nightmare? Did someone dream that whole thing, or were the babies really there? IDK.

I’m confused if the Prince was reincarnated as the other crazy dude in the ruins, or was that his long-lost son or something? And why did the girl have one blue eye and one brown eye exactly like the lion cub? Is she a mystical lion baby? How is that connected? What is happening here? This makes NO sense at all!

And why was the guy being drowned at the beginning seeing visions or something? At first I thought maybe he time-traveled through the water to the other timeline and he became the crazy guy in the ruins…. uuummmmm….. but I guess not. They just looked alike.

Why did that one woman keep threatening to kill herself if she didn’t get her way? What was her problem?

These are questions for which I shall perhaps never know the answers. I’m okay with that. This was a waste of time and energy, and my poor brain hurts trying to piece all this nonsense together. Why can’t you just tell a straightforward and CLEAR story? It would kill you to explain something in the narrative every once in a while?

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