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12-18-2009 @ 12:30AM
I'm echoing Snowleopard223's sentiment that this will hopefully force a little more quality into the comics' storytelling. Lore is one of my primary reasons for playing WoW, and the stupidity of the comics has only served to erode my enjoyment of the lore the farther along they got. Horrendously overt Alliance bias with a lack of honorable and protagonistic Horde characters was just the start. What the hell was the point of building up the orcs and tauren and Darkspear tribe from Warcraft 3 onward as misunderstood good guys struggling to find their place in the world--not to mention showing the beginnings of blood elf redemption in Patch 2.4--if it's all just going to be thrown away by turning these races right back into generic fantasy "hurp drup mindless monstar ppls grrrr >:(" at the end of it all? Then we got aggravating retcons and rather unsatisfactory uses of existing lore characters (the "New Council of Tirisfal," Garona showing up just to give us Warcraft Jesus). Then we got embarrassing Mary Sue types of the sort not even Richard Knaak could top (Med'an, anyone?). THEN all of this horrid mess got mixed into canon game lore and validated! Honestly, who COULD stay a staunch lore fan through all of that?The ONLY good thing the comics ever did was add fuel to the Old Gods lore by implying that Blizzard hasn't ignored their truly unkillable status after all. But other than hinting at the Old Gods' possible return to the forefront of lore, the whole thing's been a disaster and detriment to the Warcraft story as a whole, and maybe being confined to graphic-novel-length, relatively self-contained books will actually help undo some of that.
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