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Warcraft: Death Knight (World of Warcraft) Paperback – December 1, 2009

4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: World of Warcraft
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427814961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427814968
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Benjamin Waterman on January 21, 2010
I bought this because I play a Blood Elf Death Knight in WoW (yeah, yeah, one of the most overplayed Race/Class combos). It was a fun read, nice to see a story involving your own class. The story is nothing spectacular, but it involves and gives some more back story to the two Death Knights that the Tier 9 armor is named after, Thassarian and Koltira. The art is nice, is quite true to the game. It also recaps the DK starting zone story, as well as an alliance chain quest from Borean Tundra. This may or may not put someone who has already done them off.

Either way, for a DK player who is interested in the Lore, it's a fun read. I'm not sure I'd pick up the upcoming mangas for classes I don't play, though.
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I just finished reading "World of Warcraft: Death Knight" and I was very impressed by it. I haven't played WoW in a couple of years now, due to money and time restraints, but I still love the Warcraft universe so I try to keep up with the lore and what's going on in it. Even though, I have not played the newest expansion of the game, and really know nothing of the Death Knights, I picked up on the story right away. The writing was top notch and kept me interested all the way through. Dan Jolley did a great job with the narrative and I look forward to reading more from him. I'm also happy to report that not only did it have a great story and good writing, but the artwork by Rocio Zucchi was top notch as well. In manga and comics the art is very important to me, and she did an excellent job of bringing Jolley's story to life. I can't wait to see what these two do for Volume 2 and beyond. If you are a WoW fanboy/girl or just like fantasy stories in general I'd recommend this one to you. It's a good read.
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Firstly, a brief summary of Warcraft: Death Knight-

Death Knight follows the story of Thassarian, beginning from his days as a young man in Lordaeron's army. Through a combination of flash-backs and linear storytelling, it shows the events leading from the fall of Lordaeron, the redemption of the Death Knights, to Thassarian's journey to seek revenge upon the Lich King.

Now, let me validate myself by saying I am both a longtime manga fan, Warcraft player, and bookaholic. I've flipped through every Warcraft comic or manga in print, and so far there are very, very few I felt worth the money. This one, however, was simply incredible.

There are a few things to keep in mind, however.

Firstly, this is a manga...a concrete story trying to do the impossible: capture the essence of a constantly evolving game. Anytime a book/comic attempts to do this, with ANY series, there will be obsessed fans who are disappointed. This book, like any RPG/MMORG novel, must be read with that understanding. In that light, I don't think anyone could have done a better job than Rocio Zucchi and Dan Jolley!

The Art: I was a little skeptical at first, as I am not used to seeing sword-and-sorcery stories in manga form. However, I quickly got over that and came to really appreciate the style and representation of the characters. Rocio Zucchi does a fantastic job of portraying the characters' personalities, and especially in contrasting the details between Thassarian as a human vs. Death Knight. Her style is very emotive, which blends well with Dan Jolley's storytelling. The Blood/High Elves especially were beautifully done (unlike in a few other Warcraft manga that I shall leave unnamed...). The detail, too, is absolutely staggering.
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I'm not even a fan of manga but I loved this book, it's just that good. Even if you are a reader of novels and find comic book style story telling revolting this will drag you in if you give it a chance. This book sheds a lot more light on the backstory of the death knight Thassarian, his sister, and his friend Koltira. After reading this it makes you look at the quest line centered on them in Borean Tundra a lot deeper. I confess I'm a little biased in my liking of this because I in fact PLAY a Death Knight, however this is still a fantastic read.
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I was eager to read this one when I picked it up. The cover looked good and the first couple pages looked promising. However the further I read into the book the more issues I had.
My first main issue is with the story itself. It just seemed really jumpy. It felt as if certain parts of the story were missing. I still liked the background that it gave on Thassarian, but it felt incomplete.
The other issue I had was with the artwork. Don't get me wrong I think the artwork itself was great! The issue I had was that some of the characters looked the same, and by the same I mean virtually identical. I don't know if it was done purposely or not. Maybe there was some sort of statement being made by it? I don't know. I do know that it was just annoying. Maybe if the book had be done in color the characters would have had more obvious differences, but it isn't and I think this is something that should have been noticed.
Would I recommend it? Sure. I think it gives an interesting insight into a character that people have seen in the game. But I think going into it they should know the issues ahead of time so they won't be as disappointed.
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