The Witcher, Vol. 1
Travelling near the edge of the Brokilon forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman whose dead and murderous wife resides in a eerie mansion known as the House of Glass, which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and horror around every corner.

The Witcher, Vol. 1 Details

TitleThe Witcher, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 23rd, 2014
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781616554743
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Horror, Fiction

The Witcher, Vol. 1 Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsTruthfully, I thought this would be a crappy cash-grab due to the new Netflix show (but this was published in 2014) or an equally crappy cash-grab due to the popularity of the video games.I'm glad I decided to give it a try because it was neither.It was actually a pretty good self-contained Witcher story.Don't get me wrong, this isn't your next must-read comic. Far from it. But it is exactly what I would have expected from a fantasy comic based off of the Witcher series.Geralt fights a 3.5 starsTruthfully, I thought this would be a crappy cash-grab due to the new Netflix show (but this was published in 2014) or an equally crappy cash-grab due to the popularity of the video games.I'm glad I decided to give it a try because it was neither.It was actually a pretty good self-contained Witcher story.Don't get me wrong, this isn't your next must-read comic. Far from it. But it is exactly what I would have expected from a fantasy comic based off of the Witcher series.Geralt fights a cool monster...and there's a twist.The End.The art was nice and the plot was better than I expected.Recommended for fans of The Witcher.
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Geralt of Rivia is The Witcher, a magical warrior who wanders the generic fantasy realm of Whatever. Here he teams up with a hunter who’s haunted by his wife who’s a vampire. They get lost in the woods and decide to hole up in a house made of glass. They doss about until they don’t. What do people like about The Witcher? No idea! If you’ve ever played RPGs, there are two prominent character types you can choose to play as: the barbarian and the mage. The barbarian is physically strong but Geralt of Rivia is The Witcher, a magical warrior who wanders the generic fantasy realm of Whatever. Here he teams up with a hunter who’s haunted by his wife who’s a vampire. They get lost in the woods and decide to hole up in a house made of glass. They doss about until they don’t. What do people like about The Witcher? No idea! If you’ve ever played RPGs, there are two prominent character types you can choose to play as: the barbarian and the mage. The barbarian is physically strong but vulnerable to ranged attacks and magic; the mage is powerful at magic but physically weak and vulnerable to close-range attackers. Both have pros and cons and you can have radically different stories playing as either - that was the fun of the choice. Geralt is both a barbarian and a mage. He’s got the best of both worlds. So he’s basically invincible, which always makes for a boring story, but it doesn’t help that he’s also featuring in a boring story. Almost nothing happens in the house of glass. Occasionally a monster will appear for invincible Geralt to easily kill, then it’s back to hearing the dull characters blather on about nothing worth hearing. Maybe some people will like Geralt’s gruff demeanour but for me it was the final nail in the coffin of ever liking this unremarkable character. The hunter, the succubus, everyone else - meh. Joe Querio’s murky, blurry art and Paul Tobin’s dull story did nothing for me. Geralt and the world of The Witcher just seem copy and pasted from every fantasy story I’ve ever read - just why this should be the one to be a pop culture hit is mystifying. I guess if you’re a fan of this crap then you’ll get more out of it than I did but I found The Witcher: House of Glass to be instantly forgettable, unimpressive poo comics.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Surprisingly good. Video game comics tend to be crap, but Tobin crafts a creepy. dark world that works. I'm not familiar with The Witcher video games but this book holds it own. I actually liked it well enough that I'll probably check out the game.Our Witcher Geralt comes across a lonely fisherman who becomes Geralt's travel companion. They travel into some dark woods and come across a house that they can't seem to escape.
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  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    January 1, 1970
    OK, it's not Sapkowski, sure thing, but it was quite, quite enjoyable. It contained a lot of elements from the Witcher stories, such as the power of the curse, evil magical creatures and sexy babes. Did I say sexy babes? Well, I was going to say creepy sexy babes, but whatever. So I can say Paul Tobin did his homework really well, I am definitely looking forward to next volumes in series. Witcher forever!!!!
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  • FromReading2Dreaming
    January 1, 1970
    Though I am not the biggest fan of the art style, the story is amazing and I highly recommend it to fans of the video games and fantasy. Two major takeaways I got from this book are:1. The art style isn't the greatest, I much prefer art styles in Saga, it is very simple in my opinion. I'd prefer more detail and better details for the eyes. I have seen worse, though, and at least it's not that fucking bad. 2. The story is a great one. At the beginning, it is very dry, as Geralt is very serious Though I am not the biggest fan of the art style, the story is amazing and I highly recommend it to fans of the video games and fantasy. Two major takeaways I got from this book are:1. The art style isn't the greatest, I much prefer art styles in Saga, it is very simple in my opinion. I'd prefer more detail and better details for the eyes. I have seen worse, though, and at least it's not that fucking bad. 2. The story is a great one. At the beginning, it is very dry, as Geralt is very serious and doesn't talk much, but toward the end, it is full of action and has a plot twist that is kinda obvious but is very interesting to see play out.
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  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    January 1, 1970
    So, my boyfriend George read this last year and raved about it. Personally, I was a bit hesitant since the content in the illustrations were quite graphic at times. However, it gave me the creeps and ticked all of the spooky boxes for me. The pacing was quick and the range of settings atmospheric. The Witcher is called Geralt finds a lone fisherman one day and wants him to be his travel buddy. Both of them stumble onto this manor house from hell, that seems to want to trap both of them in its So, my boyfriend George read this last year and raved about it. Personally, I was a bit hesitant since the content in the illustrations were quite graphic at times. However, it gave me the creeps and ticked all of the spooky boxes for me. The pacing was quick and the range of settings atmospheric. The Witcher is called Geralt finds a lone fisherman one day and wants him to be his travel buddy. Both of them stumble onto this manor house from hell, that seems to want to trap both of them in its grasp. Although the plotline did feel a little hard to follow at times, it was still a good read!T/W- Blood, Gore, ViolenceRead for Simsathon, challenge square- Build A House
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Really good art style and a quick read that I quite enjoyed.
  • Craig
    January 1, 1970
    I know nothing about the video game world in which this story is set (or anything about any video games at all, truth be told), but I enjoyed reading it very much. It's very much an homage to Mignola in both art and plotting style, and there are some seriously creepy and engrossing sequences. Kept me guessing right up to the end. It's a very enjoyable book!
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  • RG
    January 1, 1970
    Normally this kind of story for me is left in novel form. However this surprised me. Very good fantasy story in graphic form. Cool art cool story and great action.
  • Orrin Grey
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to comics based on video games, you never really know what to expect, especially since I'm entirely unfamiliar with the property. But this had art by Joe Querio and a Mike Mignola cover and the setting seemed intriguing. I wasn't disappointed. The story could easily have become crass and exploitative in the recent "gritty" video game vein, but Paul Tobin kept it readable and made Geralt a more-than-usually affable take on the typical hero of this sort of tale. Querio's art is When it comes to comics based on video games, you never really know what to expect, especially since I'm entirely unfamiliar with the property. But this had art by Joe Querio and a Mike Mignola cover and the setting seemed intriguing. I wasn't disappointed. The story could easily have become crass and exploitative in the recent "gritty" video game vein, but Paul Tobin kept it readable and made Geralt a more-than-usually affable take on the typical hero of this sort of tale. Querio's art is beautifully suited to this kind of stuff, and his takes on several of the monsters were very creepy. Solidly done, and if there's another volume, I'd happily read more!
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  • The Sapphic Nerd
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this. It fits right into the world of The Witcher as one of Geralt's creepier adventures. I love the way the mystery unfolds, the suspense, and the twist. And a succubus is always fun.I believe this classifies as horror, but as someone who doesn't tend to read horror, it doesn't feel too much like a scary book. But I don't spook easily. Take that as you will.The lineart is simple (not in a bad way), and the colours go well with the tone of the book. It's certainly not something I really enjoyed this. It fits right into the world of The Witcher as one of Geralt's creepier adventures. I love the way the mystery unfolds, the suspense, and the twist. And a succubus is always fun.I believe this classifies as horror, but as someone who doesn't tend to read horror, it doesn't feel too much like a scary book. But I don't spook easily. Take that as you will.The lineart is simple (not in a bad way), and the colours go well with the tone of the book. It's certainly not something I'd call "ugly", but I won't praise it either. It works for the book and I'm fine with it.Anyway. It's a good read. It's accessible to people who know nothing about The Witcher world, it's intriguing, and it plays out in a pretty cool way. If you want a taste of The Witcher, give this a try.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    Catches the mood of The Witcher's world in both the games and books. Will certainly be following up on this series.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The art is not exactly my style but I think it translates and complements the story and the characters quite well. Even if it isn't Sapkowski, they managed to recreate his essence in this tale so much that it reminded me of his short stories. Also, I love it every time Geralt discusses about love and feelings. This comic contains recurring themes from the books so it felt connected to me, which it didn't expect to be honest.
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  • Pardis Ahmadi
    January 1, 1970
    loved the artworks and the fact that it's completely based on my favorite videos game.
  • 47Time
    January 1, 1970
    Even though Geralt fights monsters of all sorts here, he has a pretty light-hearted attitude. He cracks jokes every once in a while to lighten the mood after decapitating a deadly creature out for his blood. When things become dangerous he mostly broods. He does the same when the topic of conversation turns to love.I should play the games again to remember how he behaved then, but I must say his attitude in this storyis quite enjoyable. The dialogue is smart in general, sometimes filled with Even though Geralt fights monsters of all sorts here, he has a pretty light-hearted attitude. He cracks jokes every once in a while to lighten the mood after decapitating a deadly creature out for his blood. When things become dangerous he mostly broods. He does the same when the topic of conversation turns to love. I should play the games again to remember how he behaved then, but I must say his attitude in this story is quite enjoyable. The dialogue is smart in general, sometimes filled with innuendo - that's something you rarely see in fantasy comics. It's worth reading for that alone, wherer you're a Witcher fan or not.Geralt meets a hunter named Jakob Ornstein. After Geralt saves his life from a drowner, shares a meal and hunts with him, Jakob joins the witcher and leaves his wife Marta behind. She was changed into a vampire and has haunted him for the last 9 years. Jakob and Geralt become trapped in a maze in the forest. They are guided to a strage house by birds that follow Marta around. They are trapped by the forest creatures, so they must find a way to escape while also dealing with Marta.(view spoiler)[While Jakob looks for his wife, Geralt is accosted by a succubus named Vara who claims they are all trapped in the house. Marta rejons them initially in a threatening pose, but tells Geralt the truth about her marriage with Jakob. He was abusive, so Marta never loved him, instead falling for the blacksmith. When Jakob found out he went mad, killed the blacksmith and started seeing his wife as tainted. Eventually he killed her as well, but not before she cursed him and every moment they ever shared.Back in the present Marta asks Geralt to kill Jakob, but is refused. Jakob confirms her story when he accuses Geralt of sleeping with Marta, becomes enraged and attacks. Geralt still doesn't kill Jakob, but leaves him defenseless in the forest, providing Marta with the justice she desired. Jakob's soul is claimed by the forest's many deadly creatures. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Annie Werny
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not use to reading and reviewing graphic novels but I really want to step out of my comfort zone and discover this (for me) new world of comics and graphic novels. To this day I've read maybe five Marvel comics and few mangas from Naruto and Death Note. And yes if I'm going to break the wall to the land of graphic novels... heck yeah I'm gonna start with those Witcher ones! :DOk so to the actual review... the drawing style was nice, nothing to complain about... maybe just... I would prefer I'm not use to reading and reviewing graphic novels but I really want to step out of my comfort zone and discover this (for me) new world of comics and graphic novels. To this day I've read maybe five Marvel comics and few mangas from Naruto and Death Note. And yes if I'm going to break the wall to the land of graphic novels... heck yeah I'm gonna start with those Witcher ones! :DOk so to the actual review... the drawing style was nice, nothing to complain about... maybe just... I would prefer more details in the face area but that's optional and nothing necessary. It was really quick, the story was great, I laughed once or twice and Geralt is amazing character as always.
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  • Diz
    January 1, 1970
    If you liked the video game, you'll probably like this. It reads very much like one of the game's immersive side missions. The story focuses on love, obsession, and revenge, and it throws in a large dose of weirdness. There is a good mix of creatures presented, and not all of them are adversarial, which adds a bit of interest to the story.
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  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book up for two reasons, despite one very big issue. The issue is that I have yet to find an instance of The Witcher that doesn’t make me roll my eyes and sigh, I have tried to read the books but never made it very far and the games have been very middle ground in terms of enjoyment. So why pick it up? Well one, I was getting some books ready to be shelved and it was right there, it literally required no effort to check it out, and two because of the artist. I really like Hellboy’s I picked this book up for two reasons, despite one very big issue. The issue is that I have yet to find an instance of The Witcher that doesn’t make me roll my eyes and sigh, I have tried to read the books but never made it very far and the games have been very middle ground in terms of enjoyment. So why pick it up? Well one, I was getting some books ready to be shelved and it was right there, it literally required no effort to check it out, and two because of the artist. I really like Hellboy’s style, and since this has the same style I figured I’d at least enjoy that portion.So did House of Glass do anything to change my overall opinion of the franchise? In short, no. However, it also didn’t do anything to bring it down farther, so that in itself is a win! House of Glass sets us directly in the middle of the overall Witcher world and story, which unfortunately means that there is almost no backstory on what a Witcher s or who Geralt is. I do have some of that info thanks to other the other media, but I don’t think this would not be a good introduction to the world at large for someone unfamiliar. That aside the story itself is fairly contained and easy to follow, and you can suss out the basics of what a Witcher does. I will say I really love dark fantasy and I love that the Witcher franchise takes ideas that are not typically grimdark and makes them something that would haunt you. So in that aspect, it is pretty good, I love the weird creatures that are in this one and am all for more fantasy like this. I think where this sort of fails is the lack of characterization for Geralt. This is a running issue for the Witcher franchise with me. I just want him to have a personality, but he just doesn’t. All throughout this he just relies on the fact that he is a Witcher and therefore different than most humans, which is fair since Witcher’s apparently are lacking in the emotional range department but damn that doesn’t mean he has to be a cardboard cutout either. It’s just hard to get into a story when the main character is one that you don’t feel anything for and already know will be fine, because he’s just the basic outline of a man’s man hero.The artwork, however, is a solid win for me. I love Joe Querio’s work on the Hellboy books and think it works well for this one. It has really hard outlines and lots of condensed shadow work that just makes the details pop and really hones in on that creepiness that the heart of the story.Overall, I don’t really feel too much one way or the other for this one. It’s perfectly fine, but it definitely could have been better. I’ll definitely be moving on to the next volume with the hopes of some added character depth.
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  • Sans
    January 1, 1970
    My first ever foray in to The Witcher. Weird but interesting.
  • Taddow
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Witcher comic and I found it quite enjoyable. The story was intriguing. A mystery that had me hooked till the end and fit in nicely with what I expected from a Witcher story. The art, while seeming too simple at times, captured the mood of the setting.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    oh wow! Creepy and heartbreaking story, like many other Witcher stories...
  • Antonio
    January 1, 1970
    3.5I am currently very into the Witcher universe. The games, the Netflix show, books...However this one was not my favorite. It was good just because Geralt is awesome and I love the monsters in this world, but I suppose I expected more. Hopefully Vol 2 and on will appeal to me more.
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  • Bianca Escada
    January 1, 1970
    Creepy, eerie, and dark fantasy short story turned into a comic. If you want a Witcher book/ video game spin of story, here it is in the form of a dark- scary comic. Unexpected turn of events.“Things made of glass Vara. Outta be easy enough to kick a wall down.” -Geralt
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Witcher be witchin'. I'm a pretty big fan of Geralt in both his original book series, and the video game. Unfortunately, this book doesn't quite reach my expectations, starting with the art. The introduction speaks about paying homage to CD Projekt Red, the game developer's, love of Mike Mignola's (Hellboy) art. Joe Querio's art is striking, particularly when dealing with the monstrous creature's Geralt faces, but well, Geralt's face. That's a problem. Somehow, Geralt's face, in particular, Witcher be witchin'. I'm a pretty big fan of Geralt in both his original book series, and the video game. Unfortunately, this book doesn't quite reach my expectations, starting with the art. The introduction speaks about paying homage to CD Projekt Red, the game developer's, love of Mike Mignola's (Hellboy) art. Joe Querio's art is striking, particularly when dealing with the monstrous creature's Geralt faces, but well, Geralt's face. That's a problem. Somehow, Geralt's face, in particular, seems to be an afterthought, often lost in shadows or even nonexistent. This is presumably meant for artistic effect, but the effect was lost on me.The story follows Geralt finding a fisherman with whom he seeks friendly conversation and a swig of wine after a long journey. The fisherman tells him of the tragedy of his wife who is now a murderous monster who lures the pair to the cursed House of Glass. Geralt must solve the mystery of the house and its mistress or become the latest victim. House of Glass is fairly typical of Geralt's smaller adventures within the other mediums he inhabits. It also introduces a couple of new characters for Geralt to play off of with his dry sense of wit, which Tobin captures with ease. But overall, it's not a groundbreaking story or characters to make it a must-read for Witcher fans.
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  • Nico
    January 1, 1970
    It's hard to talk about this comic without spoiling anything about Geralt or the story within. To be short, I would say that the writing is clever, dark, and occasionally humorous. It works well as a comic, surprisingly well. For fans of the Witcher series, it's an excellent addition to the lore, and perhaps provides a sort of segue into the new game coming out soon. For those who have never read anything about Geralt or his adventures, this comic is still very readable, giving enough It's hard to talk about this comic without spoiling anything about Geralt or the story within. To be short, I would say that the writing is clever, dark, and occasionally humorous. It works well as a comic, surprisingly well. For fans of the Witcher series, it's an excellent addition to the lore, and perhaps provides a sort of segue into the new game coming out soon. For those who have never read anything about Geralt or his adventures, this comic is still very readable, giving enough information about the world and the characters without being overbearing.It is a great ghost story that old fans as well as new can enjoy.
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  • Georgia
    January 1, 1970
    It's not perfect by any means, but it's enjoyable. It's feels like reading a side mission from the games. I'm still yet to read Andrzej Sapkowski's original work but I've been saving that for last as I know I'm going to enjoy it. But if you're looking for something to fill the void the games have left you with this is decent enough to fill it.
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  • Zafir Zafirov
    January 1, 1970
    As a huge fan of the Witcher universe, and of Geralt In particular, I was very excited to read this. Did it live up to my excitement? Well, yes, for the most part. What I liked most about it, Is without any doubt, the artwork. It is terrific, fitting perfectly to the Witcher world. It is dark-fantasy, one that is very gritty, dark and brutal, and it leaves you with a sense of helplessness. It is great, well done to Joe Querio and Mike Mignola. Yeah, one could argue about Geralt’s face, but I was As a huge fan of the Witcher universe, and of Geralt In particular, I was very excited to read this. Did it live up to my excitement? Well, yes, for the most part. What I liked most about it, Is without any doubt, the artwork. It is terrific, fitting perfectly to the Witcher world. It is dark-fantasy, one that is very gritty, dark and brutal, and it leaves you with a sense of helplessness. It is great, well done to Joe Querio and Mike Mignola. Yeah, one could argue about Geralt’s face, but I was fine with it, as it was okay for how the rest was done. As far as the story goes, It is a pretty interesting murder mystery kind of one. It was okay, to be honest. A good one, especially if you have never met Geralt. If you are a fan, however, you may find it as more of a side quest kind of story, with nothing new in particular. It worked fine for me. I liked the twist and some of the motifs that drove the story - love, revenge, jealousy etc. What is more, It had good characters, although they could have been a bit more interesting, as this great world that Sapkowski created, has many colorful and weird characters. Also, I have one more complaint- the frequent usage of signs. I mean, come on, even if you haven’t read the books, and only played the games, you would know that Geralt needs time and energy to use them. Not to mention that frequently. All in all, not a bad one. Enjoyed it. 3.5, if I have to be more specific. Looking forward to the next one.
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  • Nerine Dorman
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to give The Witcher: House of Glass by Paul Tobin a solid 5 stars but I felt that the story fell a little flat for me. We could have had a better idea of what was on Geralt's mind, but it seemed as if he was just floundering around, especially with some situations – if the dead wife was trapped by the cursed house, then how was it that she appeared on the hill every evening where her husband stayed at the edge of the forest? Some of the elements also didn't feel as if they held together I wanted to give The Witcher: House of Glass by Paul Tobin a solid 5 stars but I felt that the story fell a little flat for me. We could have had a better idea of what was on Geralt's mind, but it seemed as if he was just floundering around, especially with some situations – if the dead wife was trapped by the cursed house, then how was it that she appeared on the hill every evening where her husband stayed at the edge of the forest? Some of the elements also didn't feel as if they held together smoothly – like the hag and the corpses.The art, on the other hand is lovely, loose and atmospheric, and made the comic book a great read that remains true to the essence of the Witcher universe. Also, you don't need to have read any of the books or played the games to know what's going on. It's a straight-up monster hunt, but with a slight twist at the end.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Having just finished watching the series, I was intrigued to find something more about these characters and found this collected edition of comics which was fun and interesting.This predates the series so I'm not sure if maybe they're referenced in the books or games but for a standalone comic, I was entertained. There's no backstory provided to who or what a witcher is, much less the characters themselves so this might confuse people who have yet to immerse themselves into the show, books, or Having just finished watching the series, I was intrigued to find something more about these characters and found this collected edition of comics which was fun and interesting.This predates the series so I'm not sure if maybe they're referenced in the books or games but for a standalone comic, I was entertained. There's no backstory provided to who or what a witcher is, much less the characters themselves so this might confuse people who have yet to immerse themselves into the show, books, or video games because for a moment there was more than one watcher and considering they were drawn similarly, it was hard to tell Geralt apart for a page or two but once that was cleared up, the comic provided action, wit, and more lore.
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  • Luke Popplewell
    January 1, 1970
    A great self contained story, great artwork and unique style. Easy to read and an interesting story. Using very little settings and characters, it created a graphic novel that easier to understand and more time for characters to be interesting. A good mixture of story, dialogue, action and love. Looking forward to the next story.
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