Publisher: IDW Publishing
Artist: Mark Robinson, Jason P. Martin
Writer: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
Release Date: 03/2010-11/2010
Most video game comics can be hit or miss depending on how strict the publisher is with the story and characters. Most video game comics are released a few months leading up to the game’s release thus restricting what we can know about the story. The Dragon Age comic series takes place leading up to and after Dragon Age II concentrating on Varric, Isabella, and Calen. However, there was an original story using the lore of the series just titled Dragon Age.
This 6 issue series explores a female mage whose village burns down due to thugs (or Templars as she thinks). While the story gets a bit emotional and we all know not much can happen in just a 6 issue series, it’s actually quite good. Most of the lore is explored in the series regarding mages and Templars and the constant struggle between the two. The art is pretty decent and I was entertained throughout.
There are three 6 issue series based on Dragon Age II called Until We Sleep, Those Who Speak, and the Silent Grove. I honestly wasn’t too impressed with these three as the writing and dialog felt a bit cheesy and not too much happened outside of finding out who Calen’s father really is and the backstory behind it. I’m not too fond of video game comics concentrating on only a few characters instead of the scope of the entire universe or world that the game is based in. It’s not to see our favorite characters fleshed out more, but for some reason, these three mini-series didn’t quite do the game justice. With that said the art is decent but not spectacular. At least not as good as the original series from 2010. If you’re a Dragon Age fan you really aren’t missing out on anything by skipping these comics.