Heroine Legends has just delivered Cyrus , the first part of Kristin Ige’s group custom, and I have to say that in my opinion, it absolutely lives up to the hype. Let’s get right to the review of Cyrus, along with preview images and a trailer.
We open up with Celestia who is using the Atylcore to track a strange energy signature. Enter Donnie, one of the mob goons we’ve seen before who has mistaken Celestia for a stripper. He hands her some clothes to change into so she can dance for his boss. After Donnie exits, Celestia uses her wardrobe changing powers and automatically changes into the outfit. And that’s when her first opponent Cybot Iris makes her presence known.
Iris analyzes Celestia from toe to head and hits a right cross which drops her. Celestia retaliates with an uppercut that snaps the Cybot’s head back, but doesn’t do any real damage. Iris then clamps down on Celestia’s shoulders with her hands, a hold Celestia is unable to break out of. Iris then delivers a headbutt and begins to choke her opponent.
While maintaining the choke hold, Iris delivers a series of stomach punches. Eventually, Celestia blocks one of them and hits Iris with a low blow. However, it doesn’t have any effect on Iris who returns the favor with a low blow of her own, dropping Celestia to her knees.
Iris fires off some energy attacks that Celestia barely dodges. She then tries to go on the offensive against Iris, but her punches have no effect. Iris drives a knee into Celestia’s head, that leaves her woozy. Iris then slams Celestia face first into a table several times, but Celestia is finally able to reverse positions and deactivate the Cybot.
Aurora enters and after a short chat the two ladies have a nice martial arts duel. Aurora hits a stomach kick, catches Celestia’s return kick, and grabs her by the throat. She lands a few punches to the face and follows those with a powerful headbutt.
Aurora then lands an elbow to Celestia’s nether region, and in a flash changes into her costume. She then gets Celestia in a two handed strangle hold, but Celestia escapes with a stomach punch. Aurora dodges a punch, gets Celestia to her knees, removes her (Celestia’s) shirt, and strangles her with it. It’s at this point we get our first glance at Celestia in her wet-look bikini top that will thankfully get a lot of wear in this series. Celestia is then strangled unconscious for a few short moments but Aurora decides to wake her up and deliver more punishment.
Aurora chokes Celestia a bit and drives her boot into the small of her back. She then pins Celestia down in a strangle hold, and lands a punch that knocks her out for a second time. Aurora awakens Celestia again (she should stop doing that) and the girls each grab a hold of one another’s throats. Celestia hits several stomach punches, powerful enough to put Aurora on her knees in agony. Celestia then gets behind her, slaps on a choke hold, and puts her shirt over Aurora’s mouth to insure the KO. She then carries Aurora out of the room over her shoulder.
So, is this a good Heroine Legends film? No. I think it’s really good. I went back and looked at the reviews I’ve written for them, and I’d say it’s one of the three best they have ever done. All the girls are tremendous, in fact let’s talk about each one individually.
Kristin Ige/Celestia – I consider her to be my favorite HL actress. There is a ton of talent to go along with her incredible beauty. She always does such a great job with the comedy bits, and she is absolutely tremendous in a fight scene.
Sophie Leonard/Aurora – There is a ton of talent to go along with her incredible beauty. Yeah, I just use that, but it fits. This is one actress that I hope gets featured prominently in future HL films. She’s terrific here.
Sarah Hernandez/Cybot Iris – There can never be enough super hot red heads in these films, so a warm welcome to Sarah who delivers a great performance. Alongside Dark Vega, the Cybots have become my favorite HL villains and all three actresses that have played one have done it incredibly well. The boots that Sarah wore in this film could not have been easy to do complex fight choreography in, but she did it wonderfully. I would really like to see more of her as Iris.
And a quick shout out to the editor of this film. I know Logan has gone through a few different ones, but I thought this was easily the best FX work that they have ever had in one of their films. I hope this editor sticks around. He/she/they did a fantastic job.
So that’s about it. The great news here is that this is just part 1 of the series. Four more to go. This was such a tremendous start and I only anticipate things getting better from here.