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World of Warcraft: Ashbringer Hardcover – June 9, 2009

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Enjoyable comic, sheds some light on parts of the story, but also raises some new questions, which it does not answer. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to know a little more about the history of The Ashbringer, and the characters who played a part in that history.
I give it four stars instead of five because, as I mentioned, while it answers some questions, it also raises new ones which it doesn't answer, leaving me "still hungering for answers".
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This book is a masterpiece, for the story is breathtaking and makes you dont want to stop reading. This isnt like the most of the novels warcraft has created, for this book is a comic-book by itself with beautiful artwork and awesome drawings. I recommend this book to all the lore-lovers and also to those who are new to the lore of warcraft. I had such a good time reading this book, may the light save us all! This is a must read if you're imto the world of warcraft!
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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: 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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Certainly worth purchasing if you are a fan of World of Warcraft lore. I have been reading the lore in chronological order and like how this comic brings back old characters from previous books and continues their story a bit.
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As a World of Warcraft player and a comic book lover, I hate the WoW comic book series that came out. It cheesely moved too fast and was just not that good of a story. Reading the actual game quest text was more enjoyable. However, a certain gem shines like a sparkle on a sword that did have a history that even I was curious about, the Ashbringer. players got a brief history story that was then taken completely out and forced to a NPC in the game. Lo and behold, somebody answered my questions in a comic book form that I would call a good precursor read for the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.

Ashbringer was a more enjoyable graphic novel that fans of World of Warcraft's story need to check out. The art work is fantastic even though Darion Morgraine looked too anime ish with the Cloud Strife wanttobe hairdo. The story does move fast like the main WoW comic story, but this time I read it all the way through and felt satisfied for the mini history lesson. The only big problem is if you are not a player or fan of Blizzard's Warcraft universe then this will probably be strange to you. This really is only for World of Warcraft fans.
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