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Back at the New York Comic Con, Dark Horse Comics announced a “digital first” series for one of their newly licensed properties–the popular Dragon Age video game series. The Electronic Arts franchise has already produced two video games, an expansion, lots of extra downloadable game content, a Facebook game, three novels, a tabletop role-playing game and even a previous comic series published by IDW Publishing.
I’m a huge fan of the game and, with the exception of the tabletop game, I’ve read or played all of the above. The reason I like the game and the universe its set in comes down to the characters–noble, but somewhat goofy Alistar; dark and mysterious Morrigan; the likable liar Varric; brooding bad ass Fenris–unfortunately, the IDW series didn’t delve into further tales about any of these guys. While it was set in the same world and put the spotlight on one of the primary conflicts of the game (mages vs. templars), the characters were all-new creations. It wasn’t a bad comic, but it felt flat and lacked that one key ingredient.
The good news is that Dark Horse is correcting that. Not only have they recruited the game’s chief writer, Dave Gaider, to write the comic (he also wrote the three novels based on the game), but it will feature Alistair, Isabella and Varric teaming up on a mission that takes them to Antiva, a nation we only heard about in the games but never got to visit.
“If there’s going to be a Dragon Age tale told in another medium, there’s no reason why it can’t add to the overall wealth of lore rather than be something disconnected from it,” Gaider told CBR. “There are lots of little side plots we never get a chance to develop properly in the games, or even whole areas of the world we just haven’t gotten to yet, and sometimes it’s a lot easier to go to those places without needing to expend the resources of an entire game to do it. It’s quite exciting, and even more so to work with people outside BioWare who are enthusiastic about the world and the possibilities. Taken as a whole, everything that says Dragon Age on it should be complimentary to each other, and to a fan it should be seamless moving from one to the next.”
Dark Horse plans to release the comic via their digital store as a series of six biweekly 12-page issues for $.99 each, starting next week (It’s alternating weeks with a comic based on the game Prototype, the first issue of which became available yesterday). Courtesy of our friends at Dark Horse Comics, we’re pleased to present a look at the cover to the fifth issue of the digital-only Dragon Age comic series featuring the saucy pirate captain Isabella. Check it out below.