BIOWARE AND DARK HORSE COMICS EXPAND AND UNVEIL NEW DRAGON AGE™ COMIC MINISERIES

BIOWARE AND DARK HORSE COMICS EXPAND AND UNVEIL NEW DRAGON AGE™COMIC MINISERIES 

BioWare, a label of Electronic Arts Inc., and Dark Horse Comics today announced Dragon Age™: Those Who Speak, a three-issue comic miniseries based on the award-winning Dragon Age™ fiction.

Written by David Gaider, lead writer of the Dragon Age series, and Alexander Freed, senior writer for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™, Those Who Speakexpands on the story of King Alistair, as he travels to an empire of evil mages to uncover the fate of his lost father. Accompanied by the pirate captain Isabela and the underworld merchant Varric, King Alistair will stop at nothing to learn the truth, even if it means battling an army of cultists single-handedly. The first issue of Dragon Age: Those Who Speak will be available on comic book stands on August 22.

Additionally, Dragon Age: The Silent Grove will be available in a hardcover edition on July 25. Previously available only in the Dark Horse Digital store,Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is the perfect companion to the Dragon Age universe.

To learn more about Dragon Age: Those Who Speak and Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, visit DarkHorse.com. To learn more about Dragon Age, visit DragonAge.com.

Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #4 Part 4 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover: Ramil Sunga and Nick Thornborrow
Published By: Dark Horse

This issue picks up with Alistair, Isabela and Varric getting acquainted with the Witch of The Wilds, Yavana. Alistair, who is familiar with her family lineage, seems justified in his skepticism of her. After reaching an understanding, Yavana gives Alistair what he came for, information on his father, King Maric. He quickly learns that the answers he’s seeking are far more complex than he had ever imagined. Then…all hell breaks loose when an unexpected visitor arrives and attempts to stop Alistair, Isabela and Varric dead in their tracks!

This issue is much better than the last one. The story is interesting and it picks up the pace considerably. There is some action and the relationship that has developed between Alistair, Isabela and Varric is really nice to see. The camaraderie is believable and adds a little something extra to the comic as a whole. As usual, the art is fantastic and the dialog is at its best so far. I can’t wait for the next issue. It seems like the issue will have some focus on Isabela and Varric, which is great because those characters are my favorite part of the comic. This series is right back on track and with only two more issues to go it’s a safe bet that things are about to get super interesting!

Digital Release Date: April 4th, 2012
*Note: Cover art and preview pages are not currently available, we will update when we get a unwatermarked version

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #3 Part 3 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover: Ramil Sunga and Nick Thornborrow
Published By: Dark Horse

In this installment of Dragon Age: The Silent Grove, we find Alistair and his crew on a boat with the mysterious man Alistair broke out of the Crow’s prison. We quickly learn that this man is not his father, King Maric, but his cellmate. Alistair goes to him to get information on the whereabouts of his father. He is told by the man his father was “rescued” by the Witch of The Wilds many years ago. Alistair, unhappy by this news, also learns from the man that King Maric left a message for his children. As Alistair deals with his daddy issues, he asks Isabela for help in locating his now missing father and is compelled to find out if he is dead or alive. Isabela doesn’t hesitate and they head off for the Tellari Swamps. As they continue on their journey it soon becomes clear that the Swamps are not a place anyone wants to go. Will they survive long enough to find what they are looking for?

This issue isn’t my favorite. It progresses the story well enough, but it just feels like it is lacking a little something. The art is great and I really like the cover. I will say though that the ending is very good and shows a lot of promise for action and major story development in the next issue. All in all, it is an entertaining enough read and is definitely necessary to read to stay in the story loop.

Digital Release Date: March 21st, 2012
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Story:★★★☆☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 

Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #2 Part 2 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Art: Ramil Sunga and Nick Thornborrow
Published By: Dark Horse

Alistair, Isabela and Varric are still on their long and arduous journey through Antiva, attempting the impossible. Alistair wants to break into the Crows prison, a dark and dank fortress where people are sent to rot away and die, never to be heard from again. Yet, Alistair is determined. To Alistair, this is a rescue mission, so no matter how dangerous or unrealistic this prison break-in is, nothing will stop him, even if he must do it alone. Will Varric and Isabela help him or will it be a suicide solo mission? The most important question is, who is Alistair willing to die for?

This issue is very good. The same humor from the first issue is here with Varric (Varric’s commentary to himself particularly) and Isabela but Alistair also shows a funny, lighter side as well. There is action and nice character development, which is surprising in such a short comic. The writing is great and very concise. No space is wasted and everything said is both important to the story and the characters themselves. The art is dark and really captures the essence and feeling of the story. What I think is really great about this series is that you don’t need to know any Dragon Age mythology or back story to dive right in and really enjoy the comic. This is not an easy task but it’s done expertly here. Luckily, there is only a two-week wait until the next issue and for .99 cents it’s more than worth the price!

Digital Release Date: March 7th, 2012

Note: This series is being released every two weeks digitally for .99 cents and the entire series will be released in book form later in the year!

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Dragon Age: The Silent Grove Part 1 of 6

Story: David Gaider
Script: Alexander Freed
Art: Chad Hardin
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Lettering: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Anthony Palumbo
Published By: Dark Horse

After a decade of terror and civil war the nation of Ferelden, with the help of King Alistair, is attempting to rebuild their beloved nation. However, nothing ever goes as planned and trouble is a-brewin’! This issue begins in Antiva, a city that appears to be none to great. King Alistair has just arrived by boat and he immediately finds trouble. Trouble goes by the name of Isabela and Varric, a pirate and dwarf respectively. Isabela and Varric are Alistair’s companions and guides while he is in Antiva, much to Alistair’s chagrin. Very quickly though, the King learns that having these two by his side will save his life. We learn that Alistair has traveled to Antiva because he has received information about “the crows.” The crows are a group of assassins who apparently have a lot of pull with the noble ruling class. As the ragtag crew enters a building where they believe the information on the crows is stored, they soon see the traps set within the building. After narrowly escaping death (a lot) and meeting Alistair’s source for information the question then becomes can Alistair trust his new “friend”?

Dark Horse is releasing this comic bi-weekly, alternating between this and the new Prototype comic (review coming soon) through digital.darkhorse.com. It is also available through the Dark Horse app. Each digital issue will cost only 99 cents and be 12 pages long. In July, this entire Dragon Age series will be compiled and published in book form. This first issue is pretty awesome. It really tells a good story and adds some humor along the way. The humor was a nice touch because stories like this can often be far too serious, so it was a nice relief. The art is great and the character development is stellar, especially in a such a short comic. For 99 cents you really can’t go wrong, it’s definitely worth it!

Release Date: February 22nd, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆