The Witcher, Vol. 2
Geralt's journey leads him aboard a ship of fools, renegades, and criminals--but some passengers are more dangerous than others, and one hides a heinous secret that could lead crew and passengers to a bitter and hideous fate at the hand of a vengeful fox mother!

The Witcher, Vol. 2 Details

TitleThe Witcher, Vol. 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 29th, 2015
PublisherDark Horse Books
ISBN-139781616557935
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Horror

The Witcher, Vol. 2 Review

  • Caro the Helmet Lady
    January 1, 1970
    Soooo pretty much it was a replay from Sezon burz, but only the line of the fox lady got expanded. Well, it was really enjoyable and probably especially so if you read it for the first time, unlike me. Good enough to continue!
  • Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
    January 1, 1970
    The story begins with The Witcher boarding a ship with his companion Adaggio in order to protect the crew as they rescue a royal family’s kidnapped elf daughter. When The Witcher discovers she’s been kidnapped by a Vulpess he deems the mission impossible and suggests they turn around. Of course, the crew hasn’t told The Witcher everything and he then is faced with a vengeful and powerful foe. “The Vulpesses are part fox, part elf, but entirely female...so pretty hard to fathom. Mystery, whimsy, The story begins with The Witcher boarding a ship with his companion Adaggio in order to protect the crew as they rescue a royal family’s kidnapped elf daughter. When The Witcher discovers she’s been kidnapped by a Vulpess he deems the mission impossible and suggests they turn around. Of course, the crew hasn’t told The Witcher everything and he then is faced with a vengeful and powerful foe. “The Vulpesses are part fox, part elf, but entirely female...so pretty hard to fathom. Mystery, whimsy, mischief – they’re at the core their nature.” Similar to when I reviewed the The Witcher: House of Glass, I have not read The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski, seen the TV series The Hexer, or played the video games, so unlike many reviewers I have no comparison. I enjoyed this but I got into the House of Glass much faster and the suspense was much better in that one, in my opinion. It still is a great, creepy tale and I am excited to continue this series.
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    I know nothing about The Witcher game, but this works well on its own as a fantasy story. Geralt and his dwarven companion board a ship headed downriver and only later find out the party onboard are hunting a vulpess, part fox, part woman, world class illusionist. When they find out, they immediately want off the ship and find out they weren't told the whole truth. Now the vulpess is hunting them and has them soon lost in a swamp full of danger and illusions. These Witcher comics have actually b I know nothing about The Witcher game, but this works well on its own as a fantasy story. Geralt and his dwarven companion board a ship headed downriver and only later find out the party onboard are hunting a vulpess, part fox, part woman, world class illusionist. When they find out, they immediately want off the ship and find out they weren't told the whole truth. Now the vulpess is hunting them and has them soon lost in a swamp full of danger and illusions. These Witcher comics have actually been entertaining enough that I'm curious to check out the game.
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  • Michelle Morrell
    January 1, 1970
    Geralt goes off on a side quest and runs into trouble, of course! A nice diversion if you like The Witcher, no real meat otherwise.
  • Monsour
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars or even moooorrreee :)The fox child, is part of the story in the latest witcher book "Season of Storm". Where they add some, and cut some parts in the book to make a solid ending for this comic. Just like the previews witcher comic I've read I haven't had any liking to the artwork but still if you're into good geralt story I really recommend this. But for plot convenient you should read the book first before reading this one.
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  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, here we go. This is more in line with my normal opinion of the franchise. So many issues with this one, which is sad because there were some fairly cool ideas happening. Full review to come.
  • Zafir Zafirov
    January 1, 1970
    „Illusion, Geralt...In the end, it is all Illusion” I am yet to read the short story that this is adapted from, but, overall, I enjoyed it. I really like Tobin and Querio, and I think they are a great team - both manage to capture the feel and world of the Witcher with the writing and the illustrations. Sure, it still bugs me that Geralt uses signs often without any consequences on him whatsoever, but lets say it is a nitpick. I liked the twist in this one, and also the fact that Geralt once aga „Illusion, Geralt...In the end, it is all Illusion” I am yet to read the short story that this is adapted from, but, overall, I enjoyed it. I really like Tobin and Querio, and I think they are a great team - both manage to capture the feel and world of the Witcher with the writing and the illustrations. Sure, it still bugs me that Geralt uses signs often without any consequences on him whatsoever, but lets say it is a nitpick. I liked the twist in this one, and also the fact that Geralt once again proves that deep inside he knows what is best and what should be done in certain situations, even though he sometimes seems like a guy who doesn’t care. No, that’s not the case. The other characters were bland, unlike the ones in House of Glass, but I guess that’s okay too. All in all, not a perfect Witcher story, but an intriguing one nevertheless. It sure made me want to read the original short story in Season of Storms. If you are a die-hard fan, you can’t miss it for sure. If not - stick to the books and games.
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  • Brendan
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting read and I have heard that they are adapting the Polish to English version of the story next year sometime. I liked the book but not nearly as much as House of Glass, the series shares the world of the game as opposed to the novels. I had found the world of The Witcher through Witcher 3 but I have the novels more in depth and haunting compared to the game. This story attempts a lot and fails to provide the depth it seeks, I would've liked some of the supporting characters This was an interesting read and I have heard that they are adapting the Polish to English version of the story next year sometime. I liked the book but not nearly as much as House of Glass, the series shares the world of the game as opposed to the novels. I had found the world of The Witcher through Witcher 3 but I have the novels more in depth and haunting compared to the game. This story attempts a lot and fails to provide the depth it seeks, I would've liked some of the supporting characters to be reduced to combat a lot of the clunky dialogue. Apparently I have another book in the series to read but it isn't out yet, this is a good addition to the series and good for all the fans out there.
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  • Annie Werny
    January 1, 1970
    With this one I enjoyed the story more, because it was really just like another short novel from Sapkowski about Geralt but in a comic form. Literally. The true Witcher theme was almost tangible and that is definitely what I want from those other stories from difirent authors who decided to work with Geralt and Witcher's world in general. Because I want to feel like I'm reading about Geralt I know and love. The House of Glass (The Witcher: Volume 1.) was giving me that feeling, but less against With this one I enjoyed the story more, because it was really just like another short novel from Sapkowski about Geralt but in a comic form. Literally. The true Witcher theme was almost tangible and that is definitely what I want from those other stories from difirent authors who decided to work with Geralt and Witcher's world in general. Because I want to feel like I'm reading about Geralt I know and love. The House of Glass (The Witcher: Volume 1.) was giving me that feeling, but less against this "sequel" in comic series about our beloved witcher. ;) Excited for Volume 3.
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  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ With The Witcher: Volume 2 we have a contained and complete story separate from volume 1; the previous book does not need to be read first in order to enjoy Fox Children. Gamers looking to expand the world beyond The Wild Hunt and Assassins of Kings will find familiar territory and enjoy the story. Those new to the world of the Witcher can also begin with Fox Children since it is a standalone and can serve as a decent in More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ With The Witcher: Volume 2 we have a contained and complete story separate from volume 1; the previous book does not need to be read first in order to enjoy Fox Children. Gamers looking to expand the world beyond The Wild Hunt and Assassins of Kings will find familiar territory and enjoy the story. Those new to the world of the Witcher can also begin with Fox Children since it is a standalone and can serve as a decent introduction to the character. Both the game designer and writer Tobin collaborated and note that the game has many elements drawn from comic/graphic novel conventions and therefore this is a very accessible piece appealing to a wide audience.Story: The Witcher joins with a dwarf Adaggio to protect a ship's crew attempting to rescue a wealthy Elf's kidnapped daughter. But the task is not so easily accomplished and it will take all of the Witcher's talents and skills in order to survive the illusions and traps set by a vengeful vulpess.The story is very straightforward but definitely captures the dialogue and personalities from the games (more so than the novels, in which the speech patterns (and often humor) are less defined). Although the author does attempt to bring in some moral complexities, the simplistic nature of the story does result in a pat solution/ending. Perhaps that was the most disappointing aspect of Fox Children since so many of the quests/plots in Witcher involve ambivalence and nuance. There's a lot of padding in the middle that devolved to 'fight monster x then fight monster y' that perhaps pandered a bit too much to the gamers without bringing more to the storyline.The art is serviceable and the characters look the part. There were some really ugly drawings in there, however, where faces were distorted or simply colored in without any features. The Witcher, especially, ended up being very nebulously defined, often viewed either extreme close up (e.g., cat-like eyeballs) or long shot pullbacks where he's pretty much a lump with a white ponytail. Especially those who recently played the game and have the incredible animation still in their memory might be a bit disappointed as I was by the illustration work on the Witcher himself. That said, the rest of the art was solid and told the story well.While this is a newbie-friendly self contained story, I did find it a bit bloated and lacking the complexity of a Witcher game subplot. Certainly, the author captured the curt, 'dropped article' dialogue and grounded logic/wisdom of Geralt. As well, the misogynistic "women are insane and especially the ones I'm involved with" is intact here. The author and illustrator know the Witch lore, characters, novels, and games well and have done a decent job of staying true to their source material. And yet, the story does exactly what the Witcher games did not: it gives a fairly straightforward, 'kill the monsters' quest with a happy ending. That's a shame since the Witcher games and novels are about not having pat answers to life's difficulties thrown at Geralt - whose victories are Pyrrhic more often than not.In all, I am glad I bought it. The physical, soft cover book is beautifully presented and includes artwork from the game as well as covers from the comics. The printing is crisp and the colors rich. But yes, I did hope for more.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Really loved the first book of this adaption to comic book but this one seemed flat compared to the similar beloved short story. Just didn't work for me. I'd rather have been reading the original Sapkowski.
  • Heather Fryling
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery, compassion, and evil mingle in an Eastern European fantasy setting.
  • Παναγιώτα Τσιμπαλίδη
    January 1, 1970
    Not bad. Loved the whole conflict amongst the characters and the Vulpess's powers and philosophy. Really does give off the atmosphere present in the books too.
  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't realize that this was a second volume before I borrowed it from the library so to be honest, I don't know how much it took from my enjoyment of the book. One thing for sure, it did not make it harder to follow the story or get into it. And maybe I will get a bit hurtful here, but I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. Like, I started this story with no knowledge of what the Witcher series is about, no knowledge about the characters and I could instantly orient myself: oh, he's t I didn't realize that this was a second volume before I borrowed it from the library so to be honest, I don't know how much it took from my enjoyment of the book. One thing for sure, it did not make it harder to follow the story or get into it. And maybe I will get a bit hurtful here, but I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. Like, I started this story with no knowledge of what the Witcher series is about, no knowledge about the characters and I could instantly orient myself: oh, he's the magic-wielding warrior hero (powers unexplained, but I am used to that too), that is the crass dwarf character with the obligatory fondness for alcohol, we have elves as well and yep, there is the elf archer lady and here comes the shapeshifter, this time from the trickster fox variety and we have some scum humans as well and everything is centered in a world where magic seems to be dying out and its a grim story. This is not a bad mix, it's just not all that unique. Maybe I will remember the vulpina because that is a good and interesting take on the trickster fox trope, but I already forgot the dwarf, never bothered to remember any other characters and I think I will not think of Gerald again come next week. Still, if I find the other volumes or books or whatever in the library, I might read it.
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  • Antonio Kleber Gomes
    January 1, 1970
    When I first heard of The Witcher, a friend told me that I would love the story. It would have all the elements of magic and witchcraft that a canonic story would have and the universe was just so complex and elegant that I would have to make way for it to be respected by me just as Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings universes are.Although I am not entirely familiar with the mythos of this polish series, and yes, I intend to read all the books and play all the video games before Henry Cavill When I first heard of The Witcher, a friend told me that I would love the story. It would have all the elements of magic and witchcraft that a canonic story would have and the universe was just so complex and elegant that I would have to make way for it to be respected by me just as Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings universes are.Although I am not entirely familiar with the mythos of this polish series, and yes, I intend to read all the books and play all the video games before Henry Cavill becomes Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s adaptation of the story, I must say that as a first incursion, this book was not incredible.Familiar with the genre, The Witcher has many attributes of what constitutes a great comic book, but also it lacks severely in many others.Yes, there is a feeling that the universe is big and unexplored. There is the feeling that there is much more to see and Geralt himself is sometimes a deeply sensual character.But this book at times just feels like a crumbled mess of confusing and chaotic mythology. I liked it, but if I were more conservative with my taste, this would be the only attempt into exploring this universe any further. Luckily, the book from which the story derives has been giving me much more pleasure and I even though this has not been an entirely rewarding experience, I have hopes that The Witcher series has a lot more to offer.
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  • Travis O.
    January 1, 1970
    This is a pretty solid graphic novel, but it suffers from a few things that, I think, hoped it back from the quality of the previous volume. The art is a little tougher, which works in places, but often is just ugly on the side of caricature, particularly with the secondary characters, while tertiary are rendered as simple blob faces. My general feeling was that much of the art was rushed, to it's detriment.The story, however, has the opposite weakness. While there's a good set up, with a though This is a pretty solid graphic novel, but it suffers from a few things that, I think, hoped it back from the quality of the previous volume. The art is a little tougher, which works in places, but often is just ugly on the side of caricature, particularly with the secondary characters, while tertiary are rendered as simple blob faces. My general feeling was that much of the art was rushed, to it's detriment.The story, however, has the opposite weakness. While there's a good set up, with a thoughtful arc and ending, it becomes too ponderous in the middle to second third, with an extremely rushed feeling epilogue. That results in a very interesting final scene, but it suffered from too much time in the bog.I will say that the antagonist is really cool. I enjoyed reading Fox Children; as a writer and artist, I think I learned from it in a constructive and beneficial way. But I preferred the first volume to this.
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    A small and minimally adventure-filled story (apparently based on an episode in one of the as-yet untranslated Witcher novels, but taking all its cues from the video games) feels unambitious, but is fun to read. I've seen others complain it's too padded out, and I sort of feel the opposite, that it could have benefited from focusing some of the empty panels of "atmosphere" to either character development (I was often mixing up all the secondary characters, and no one but Janessa stood out, and h A small and minimally adventure-filled story (apparently based on an episode in one of the as-yet untranslated Witcher novels, but taking all its cues from the video games) feels unambitious, but is fun to read. I've seen others complain it's too padded out, and I sort of feel the opposite, that it could have benefited from focusing some of the empty panels of "atmosphere" to either character development (I was often mixing up all the secondary characters, and no one but Janessa stood out, and her BIG SECRET REVEAL didn't mean anything when I didn't know much about her.) or genuinely trying to build suspense. The art, as per most post-Hellboy Dark Horse comics, seems to be mimicking Mingola, and doing it poorly, with neither his flare nor the video games' GORGEOUS atmosphere and locations.A good way to spend an hour or so of the afternoon, but not much more. Enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Going into this not really knowing much about the Vulpess (or aguara) as a creature made this experience more enjoyable. A highlight throughout the games was accessing new bestiary entries for different monsters. Despite being such variety in the games/books eventually you become familiar with most of them.Joe Querio is so suited to this kind of visual style, it comes across as effortless and I find it incredibly immersive. The lack of exact detail gives it a kind of ominous and creepy tone whic Going into this not really knowing much about the Vulpess (or aguara) as a creature made this experience more enjoyable. A highlight throughout the games was accessing new bestiary entries for different monsters. Despite being such variety in the games/books eventually you become familiar with most of them.Joe Querio is so suited to this kind of visual style, it comes across as effortless and I find it incredibly immersive. The lack of exact detail gives it a kind of ominous and creepy tone which is perfectly suited to the story they’re trying to convey.Despite a bland characterisation of Geralt, I enjoyed this one far more than the previous.
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  • Marlowe
    January 1, 1970
    As with House of Glass, I appreciate how well Tobin has managed to capture Geralt's voice and the general tone of Witcher series.The artwork, which disappointed me a bit in House of Glass, is still rather underwhelming. However, there is now a female character who actually wears clothing, so that's at least a little improvement (have no fear - the central female character is still naked). This is authentic to CD Projekt Red's vision of the series, so I can't fault it for that, but it'd be nice t As with House of Glass, I appreciate how well Tobin has managed to capture Geralt's voice and the general tone of Witcher series.The artwork, which disappointed me a bit in House of Glass, is still rather underwhelming. However, there is now a female character who actually wears clothing, so that's at least a little improvement (have no fear - the central female character is still naked). This is authentic to CD Projekt Red's vision of the series, so I can't fault it for that, but it'd be nice to have a little more parity.The story works, for the most part. I liked the ending twist, and I thought that that Tobin did a good job of building a paranoid atmosphere.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Throughout this entire series, but particularly this book, I feel like the running theme is:"Why doesn't anyone listen to the witcher?"Good book overall, the art is stylistic while still managing to keep body proportions somewhat normal, and the dialogue sounds like actual things people would say as opposed to a script. Was a little annoyed with the transparency of the ending but maybe I've just read and played to much Witcher. Geralt was on point for characterization and the dwarf was interesti Throughout this entire series, but particularly this book, I feel like the running theme is:"Why doesn't anyone listen to the witcher?"Good book overall, the art is stylistic while still managing to keep body proportions somewhat normal, and the dialogue sounds like actual things people would say as opposed to a script. Was a little annoyed with the transparency of the ending but maybe I've just read and played to much Witcher. Geralt was on point for characterization and the dwarf was interesting, if a little over the top.
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  • Nick Vossen
    January 1, 1970
    Slightly better than the first volume in both artwork and story. On a side-note, however, I was disappointed that for all the praise the author gets for more fully understanding the Witcher world with this volume, I could not find an acknowledgment anywhere that the general plot of the story already exists in the book Season of Storms by Sapkowski. 90% of Fox Children is a straight adaptation, a good one at that, but credit must be given where it's due.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Fox Children is an excerpt from Sapkowski's book "Season of Storms" (2013 / English 2018). 4.5 stars.(view spoiler)[As an excerpt, they had to explain the loss of the swords in a different way than the book. And unfortunately, while they kept the vulpess's offer that Geralt could touch her face, she doesn't take the form of Yen at that moment, which robs the comic adaptation of much of book's impact. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Tomáš
    January 1, 1970
    Graphic style is now separated well from Hellboy universe (against the style of Glass House comics). From story I love the crazy nature of swam full of illusions and monsters. This story is distinct from others that Geralt knows he made an mistake and he counts with possibility of death whole time.
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  • Václav
    January 1, 1970
    Unlike first book, Fox Children TPB is not so mysterious and dark. Rather simple story, archetypal characters and OK drawing. I feel bit "Heart of Darkness" notes, but not enough to cast ghastly and gloomy atmosphere, and mythology around "Fox" is good, but it is only thing what directs the story. This book is plain and simple straight forward adventure with all cons and pros.
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  • Monika M.
    January 1, 1970
    More of awesome Geralt'ness! Aww, how can he even be a witcher, if he feels so much! <3(view spoiler)[And damn damn damn, his swords are gone??? This can't be... Till the last page I was waiting for him to go back to the swamp to get his SUPER SPECIAL sword! Baaah. Real Sapkowski's Geralt wouldn't leave his precious in the swamp..... :/ (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]
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  • David Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    The Witcher voyages with a crew who are hunted by a revenge seeking fox-woman that uses illusion magic. Unfortunately this volume isn't as good as the first one. The crew keep falling for obvious illusions over and over and getting killed in stupid ways. Not awful, but not great.
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  • CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
    January 1, 1970
    I need to replay this game.
  • Javier DeLeon
    January 1, 1970
    Already read it in Season of Storms, but having the pictures accompany the story was welcome.
  • Will
    January 1, 1970
    I forgot about this as soon as I closed the pages. I love the Witcher series, but these comic runs aren't a great use of the license or world
  • Eric Leeson
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining with a decent twist at the end, funny and has great artwork; a quick way to delve into the world of The Witcher.
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