The GeeksverseDragon Age: The Silent Grove #1

Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #1
Published on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 by

Dark Horse takes over the Dragon Age comics. How is there first issue?

Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Written by: David Gaider w/ Alexander Freed
Art by: Chad Hardin
Colored by: Michael Atiyeh
Lettered by: Michael Heisler
Cover Art: Anthony Palumbo
Assistant Editor: Brendan Wright
Editor: Dave Marshall

This is available through Dark Horse Digital.

I’m a huge Dragon Age fan. Love the characters, the setting, and most of all the interaction between the characters and you. That is the game’s main selling point to me. IDW tried a Dragon Age comic but it just never worked for me. I was excited when heard that Dark Horse would be doing one and that lead writer of the game would be behind it. After talking with him at New York Comic Con back in October I was even more excited.

So is this Dragon Age in comic form? Yes it is.

Everything that I loved about the DA game is here. There’s the background chatter between the companions (Isabella and Varric), there’s some funny and witty interactions between the companions, there’s adventure, there’s a couple laughs and it all flows nicely. For this comic think of Alistair as the player, and he falls nicely into that role. Alistair works good as the focal point character and it’s nice to see him interacting with Varric and Isabella, two of my favorite characters.

There’s some name drops and some other mentions that help set this firmly into the game’s world. It’s not just “let’s throw these guys together and make an adventure. This is squarely part of the overall Dragon Age story.

Alot of the time, when moving characters from one medium to another, there are aspects of the characters that are lost. The personalities don’t come across the same, especially going from a video game to a comic book. Luckily, because of Gaider’s involvement, the characters are intact. Even though he’s now the king, there are some definate Alistair moments in this issue. Fans of the game will know what I mean.

Hardin’s work is solid. I liked the stuff he did for Boom’s The Traveler, but this is much better then that. He captures the look and feel perfectly. Isabella’s outfit is spot on. He’s got an eye for the detail of a fantasy setting.

Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #1 receives
4 out of 5

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