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4-21-2010 @ 11:03PM
Rather than stress myself out by further pondering what I read from those previews I'll just copy down what I've written at another place about Mage:"This was honestly painful to read. The dialogue was stilted and so cliche-ridden that I'd be honestly surprised if Knaak hadn't been laughing to himself as he penned it. I should have known right from the beginning where Knaak is referred to as an "acclaimed author" that there was nowhere to go but downhill. Ignoring the two page treatise on how Rhonin is so totally awesometacular, we then get introduced to the stock standard "ran way to join the circus" yarn, simply replacing "circus" with mage city. The kid is such a big ball of cliches that even in these first few pages we have him whining to the teacher on how he's treated poorly compared to the rest of the students, and how he's such a victim. And then after that painfully obvious pity-party we have the immortal line of "Maybe then father and the rest will believe in me". I've honestly seen poorly scanslated shonen fight manga with better dialogue than this.Fucking hell, this man is seriously giving me a migraine. I'm gonna need a stiff drink before I brave the Shadow Dragon preview."I wrote that yesterday, and since then I have read the Shadow Dragon preview, and while it was not quite as offensively bad as Mage, I am less than eager to purchase the final product.
4-22-2010 @ 4:40AM
Agreed. This mage comic preview is the first actual piece of writing by Knaak I've read. Sure, i'd heard all the stories about his writing, but i always sort of assumed they'd all been exaggerated somewhat. Alas, I was wrong. I'd say 95% of the quest dialogue in WoW is better written than this.
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