Bioware and EA continue their quest to keep the Dragon Age series, considered by many to be the best fantasy RPG in 10 years, at the forefront of the minds of both new and locked-in fans. Their latest foray into expanding the Dragon Age universe (aside from the just released expansion Awakening), is the addition of the Dragon Age comic series, published by comics veterans IDW Publishing (Transformers, Doctor Who, G.I. Joe, Star Trek — the A-Team).
The new series, which will is now available in comics stores everywhere, is co-written by acclaimed fantasy and science fiction writer Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, Hidden Empire).
Hit the jump for a quick review of the first issue.
How well does it fit in with the rest of the series?
Readers are greeted immediately by the familiar locale of the Circle Tower in Ferelden and find the pages soon graced by the equally familiar character of Gregoir, leader of the Tower’s Templars. This somewhat younger version of the taciturn head mage-watchdog is, if it can be imagined, much less nice — and a sight more prejudiced as well. It is likely that Gregoir will be the first of many such character cameos and references in the issues to come, as they help connect and engage DA:O fans.
How’s the story? Is it good? What about the art?
So far, the story is both engaging and fun, keeping with the dark and gritty tone, turmoil and emotional intrigues set by the game. The art in the comic is a bit cartoony in nature, however, and may be a bit distracting for those who are more used to the realistic graphics style of Dragon Age: Origins and Awakening. Have no fear, though! The theme has been well translated into the modern comics genre, with no shying away from the less kid-friendly aspects of the original game.
All in all the series’ release, which was surrounded by false rumours of delays, should match up to its anticipation quite well. The first book, at least, is a good and quick read that sets the scene well for a larger saga; sparking both satisfaction for those wishing to remain engrossed in Bioware’s new world, and curiousity for where the next chapters will lead.
A Dragon Age Comic Book? Seriously??
If you still aren’t sure if it’s for you, you can check out a sneak peak .pdf of the first six pages here, or you can pick it up now for your iPhone or iPod Touch on the iTunes app store for $1.99 (the paper publication will set you back $3.99). The book is also available digitally on the PSP for the same price as on iTunes.
Issue two is due out in June, though, so get yourself prepared for a bit of a wait to see what happens next.
Will you pick up the new dragon age comic? What’s your favourite part of the dragon age expanded universe? Let us know in the comments.