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And that is how you slay me with your comic intro.
Again, as with superheroes, I don’t have a long history with comics. The obtuse storytelling, the ridiculous poses; even the random bolding annoys me. I’ve read some finished series, like Sandman and Watchmen, and some stand-alone graphic novels like Fun Home and Blankets, but though I’ve tried, off and on over the years, to become an ardent devotee of this or that still-issuing franchise, it tends not to fly. Fell got cancelled. Y the Last Man was every sleazeball college guy’s fantasy. Octopus Pie wasn’t going anywhere. The Dragon Age comics (except the ones by Orson Scott Card, for obvious reasons) are the only ones I’ve ever reserved at the local comic book store (though I’ll admit to being willing to do that, maybe, with Rat Queens, if I hadn’t already purchased the bound volumes such that it makes more sense to wait), and even then I was still a noob. I didn’t know Wednesdays were “the” delivery day. Or that these things happened on a monthly schedule.
But they do. And Magekiller is currently mapped for release every four weeks, when our work rotation cycle puts me on the worst part of the job. It has been a bright point in a grim week for three months now. And this page!
You have the awesomeness of the words but also the internal glee when you realize that at last — at last! — we have caught up with the story we played through in the game. Okay, technically we felt that at the very end of #2, but that was an announcement. This is just there, happening, uncommented-upon, and when you recognized the lake for what it is and the fortress for what it is, and where, there’s a little thrill. And then just as you’ve normalized that and are carrying on from your burst of recognition, down through the text, that last panel.
Damn, that is a fine panel.
And, that first page aside, the whole thing just does a really good job of not being about the all-stars of the conflict (with whom we are by now, of course, well-acquainted). If Charter brings these two in, surely…what with their past with the Archon…I mean, wouldn’t it just make sense for us to see Dorian? Wouldn’t it? Come on. You know it would. Even without Master Pavus, however, this does such a great job of being about the common people without being a paean to them. That tone gets old, and is too easily manipulated to maudlin ends. You can have “dark fantasy” without the dark equating to the text wringing its hands over the hapless peasants. Magekiller avoids that handily.