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World of Warcraft: Ashbringer Hardcover – June 9, 2009

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Grade 7 Up–This volume includes the four issues of the comic-book series. The story is a tie-in to the 2008 release of the Wrath of the Lich King game expansion. It begins in the midst of the Second War between orcs and humans, during which Highlord Alexandros Mograine takes possession of a powerful crystal. The action jumps forward in time to show how the crystal was turned from an object of evil to part of a weapon for good, the sword known as Ashbringer. As war rages on, alliances break down and brother turns against brother, leading to the end of the Knights of the Silver Hand and the rise of Scarlet Crusade and Argent Dawn. Computer-colored illustrations bring the action to life, and Neilson's debut comics effort is more than competent. A must-have for the online-gaming crowd.–Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library END

About the Author

Micky Neilson is a videogames writer and artist, and one of World of Warcraft's development team. Ludo Lullabi is a French artist whose work includes the bande desinee series Eternal Midnight, Kookaburra Universe and Lillian Cortez... and, of course, the ongoing World of Warcraft series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: World of Warcraft (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401223419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401223410
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MICKY NEILSON is the Publishing Lead at Blizzard Entertainment, where he has worked since 1993. Micky's game writing credits include World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Warcraft III and Lost Vikings II. Micky is a television and movie fanatic, and with his writing partner Sam Didier, writes screenplays in his spare time (What spare time? Luckily he was able to create a fold in the time/space continuum!). Micky's first comic book, World of Warcraft: Ashbringer, hit number two on the New York Times Bestseller list for Hardcover Graphic Novels. Micky and James Waugh co-wrote World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen in 2011. With the support of his wife Tiffany and daughter Tatiana, Micky looks forward to continuing his adventures in the worlds of Azeroth and beyond for many years to come.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe R. on July 10, 2009
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Overall Ashbringer was a good read. I bought it because I play the game, and enjoy the lore. I will say it should have been a six issue miniseries rather than the four it is. Some parts seemed very rushed. I guess they had to fill the space allotted or something. I liked the art, on some pages it looked sketchy while others were more polished. On some pages it was hard to define what was actually happening.(Too many dark imagines, shadows, etc.)

I would recommend this to anyone interested in warcraft lore. But you'll have more questions about the scourge and ashbringer leaving than going in. You can tell there's more before, more during, and more after, but you don't get it. You might be a little lost, unless you already know some of the warcraft lore. Like, I said, 1-2 more issues would have flushed this story out for anyone not familiar with warcraft looking for a complete read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johng-Hun Goo on January 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Disclaimer: I am no expert in comics or comic terminology so please bear with me on some points.

I went into the pages of "Ashbringer" with moderate to low expectations, although Ludo Lullabi was an artist I enjoyed and respected, and the premise of a story based on the legendary sword Ashbringer was intriguing. What I got was more than I anticipated.

It has been said before, and I'll say it again: Ludo Lullabi's artistic style lends itself very well to the cartoonish, yet stylized artistic direction of "Warcraft". He pencils the entire graphical novel, so there is no unexpected switching of the pencillers mid-book. The greatest penciller in the world still needs a great inker and colorist in the world of colored, Western comics, and Anthony Washington delivers on this front. His computer colorwork makes each panel look almost hand-painted, and both detailed close-up pencils, and distant less-detailed pencillings look artistic and tasteful, unlike a lot of "harder-inked" comics where close-up pencils look great but using ink line sizes of the same width for far-away, distant objects makes the latter look cheap and uneven comparatively.

I was not a fan of Walter Simonson's work on "World of Warcraft Vol. 1" and "Vol. 2", but having nothing to compare it to, I accepted it. Mickey Neilson's writing in "Ashbringer" is superb: it is epic and more in tune with the writing of the "World of Warcraft" video game. After every page, I was intrigued and compelled to read more about the lore of the Ashbringer, which I could not say about "WoW Vol. 1" and "Vol. 2".

On a side note: it is time to give Lullabi more cover space on these Warcraft graphic novels, rather than guest artists who just pencil the cover.
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Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Ashbringer for what it was. A book to fill in some of the back story of Alexandros Mograine and the Ashbringer. It basically retells the events that lead up to the confrontation at Light's Hope Chapel between the Argent Dawn and the Scourge which is referenced in the game.

It is really fun to look at all of the references to characters and places in the game like Naxxramus, Arthas, The Forsaken, Stratholme, Ironforge, and the aforementioned Light's Hope chapel. The art is good. It's really interesting to see all of the sword and shield scenery through a manga influenced art style.

The storytelling is a little lacking. The story jumps from place to place and is hard to follow at times. There were a few pages where I would wonder from one panel to the next what had happened to get from the first to the second panel.

The other issue with the story is the fact that you sort of need to know Warcraft lore to get some of the references. For instance they mention Arthas in an early sequence. He is mentioned throughout the story and then they mention the Lich King. If you know the story of Arthas and his transformation into the Lich King then you understand what the reference is. If you don't play the game, or don't have any familiarity with the lore, references to it are lost on you.

So, if you are a Warcraft fan, this book is for you. But if you don't know much about the story, you might get lost in the inside references that the writer assumes you are familiar with.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have chosen this rate because I love WoW lore and this comic depict this story in a clear and involving manner. It goes deeper on some characters that I did not know the personality. This passage of the WoW lore is involving by it self, it depicts the unwavering faith and true love that is the core essense of WoW.

The only bad thing is the style of drawing in my oppinion, though I have realy liked the colors... (I would have prefered more elegant lines, more like manga, but with the colors). The drawing aside, this is a FIVE STARS.

Recomended for all the "Lore-freaks", like my self. All hail WoW \o/
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By Fantasy Lover on January 6, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can't love this comic any more than I do. I have two copies of it, a hardcover first edition and the paperback version. I also have the individual comics, but those are in protective sleeves and I don't read them. I love the story here and would have loved it even more in novel form. There is so much here that could be elaborated upon in a novel, such as Renault's jealousy of Darion and Tirion's feelings for Darion when he comes to seek advice from him. Tirion Fordring is my favorite character in WoW and seeing him in this made me squeal with joy. This is a superb book. Thank you for this Blizzard and Micky.
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