Curse of the Worgen by Micky Neilson – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Loved it! It was so fun to get the detailed story that you play through when starting as a worgen in WoW. There are parallels through each, but details in this one that add so much to the story. And Genn is such an inspiring badass.
If you’ve played a worgen this will be familiar but give more detail and background, for fans of the series who want gorgeous art on a dark, dramatic, and intense storyline, for a darkly illustrated story about werewolves and a city on the brink of desctruction
The world’s most popular massively multiplayer online videogame continues its exodus into comics with this new graphic novel. The best-selling WORLD OF WARCRAFT comic series returns in time for a worldwide cataclysm! A series of grisly, animalistic murders have rocked the walled town of Gilneas. A famous detective sets out to discover the perpetrators and finds far more than he bargained for. To find the truth, he must delve through years of twisted history – both the history of his family and Gilneas itself.
My first character in World of Warcraft was a worgen, so the starting area quests for that are really stuck up in my head. Seeing those quests and moments drawn and woven into the comic was like a return to an old friend. Even without that background coming into this, the story is undeniably dramatic – how could an infestation of werewolves and undead at the gates not be? Betrayal, self-discovery, old enemies, new friends… it sounds cliche, but it’s actually fantastic.
The art was gorgeous, and added exactly the right mood and drama to each scene. There were some moments that really stopped me in my tracks, and I just had to take some time to check out the details of the scene and admire it all. Visual elements were used to symbolize connections and hint at discoveries before they were made. Much like the detective we meet, I felt like I got to try piecing together the clues before the big reveals (like who Alpha Prime REALLY is).
Not five stars for some of the writing style getting repetitive. I understand why, but it was still something I noted and thought “Oh, we’re doing that again, huh…”
PS… Godfrey’s ending was just as baffling as it is in-game, but possibly even funnier here.