Rating: 3/5 – It’s Dark Souls, but So Far Only in Title.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
I love the Dark Souls series of games not only for their incredible difficulty, but for their equally complicated and challenging story lines. With the release of Dark Souls 3 which is supposedly the last of the series, Titan Comics has released a brand new comic series to debut along side of it. When Dark Souls the comic was first announced, I was so excited to read into the lore that’s been introduced within the games, but never fully laid out. I didn’t necessarily want to come away with all the answers, but I was hoping to see some locales or characters we’ve seen before and feel as though I was reading a comic within the Dark Souls world. Other than a couple small moments in this debut issue, I never really did.
Writer George Mann introduces us to the main character Fira and her traveling companion Aldrich. Just who they are and the background of where they came form is a mystery, but unlike the Dark Souls games, its a mystery that failed in capturing my attention. We know that Fira is chasing the Dragon Augerer through a crystal cave and we see flashbacks to her life prior to this quest, but there is still plenty of story and answers that need to be told. There’s a great cameo by a Dark Souls favorite that was a highlight of the book for me, but I kept expecting more and that more never came.
The art by Alan Quah is pretty strong, but again I feel as though it doesn’t really fit the world of Dark Souls. Quah uses plenty of different page layouts to tell the story and never duplicates a page pattern throughout. The art has a painted look to it, but a strong use of computer effects make some of these scenes stand out in a way that detracts from the atmosphere they were going for. For example, a campfire looks as though it doesn’t fit within the same setting as the surrounding crystals walls within the cave don’t reflect the colors of the flame. For the most part I enjoyed the art, but there were a few scenes like this one that seemed off.
Overall, this first issue of Dark Souls was a disappointment to me and if it wasn’t for me being such a huge fan of the series, I wouldn’t be back for a second issue. I’m going to give this series one more try, but much like the game I’m scared of what might come next.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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