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World of Warcraft: Ashbringer Hardcover – June 9, 2009
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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.
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".
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.
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/
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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Always loved the Warcraft lore. Great story and great art. Would recommend to any Warcraft enthusiast.Published 15 months ago by Josh Scarbrough
beautiful art, great story if you didnt know how the Ashbringer came to be.Published 17 months ago by Phalanx Security Innovations