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6-30-2010 @ 9:12AM
There are a few things that struck me about this manga.The first thing is that this should have been a phased quest, not unlike the wrathgate events. Running around Dalaran as it is attacked by blue dragons around you, trying to bring some order to the chaos? Yes please. And it would have filled in the level space between Violet Hold and the Oculus quite nicely (regarding the Blue Dragon War anyway). Instead we watch a rather bland apprentice mage run around doing it instead.The second is that the story is, at it's heart, rather similar to Palin Majere's test. For those not versed in Dragonlance lore, Palin Majere is the nephew of Raistlin majere, arguably the greatest mage in the dragonlance-verse. Abridged version: During his test at the mage tower (kind of a rite of passage for Dragonlance magi, determining what order you are placed in), Palin is called mentally to help his uncle, who is trapped within the abyss (sorta the Dragonlance hell). Though effort, Palin frees his uncle from the abyss and brings him back to the material plane, where his uncle reveals that he's now going to summon Takhisis (Evil goddess of Chromatic dragons, and the big baddie for most of the dragonlance books).Palin is forced to face down his uncle, drawing upon all his own powers and calling upon Paladine (the Good god of metallic dragons, honour and floppy wizard hats) to banish him again.Turns out the whole thing was an illusion for his test (Kinda. Turns out illusion Raistlin was actually Raistlin repaying his last debt. Yeah. I bet I've lost a good deal of you by now). The details are different. But the core is the same. And Knaak is actually well versed in Dragonlance lore too, having written some novels for the series (Much better than some of his warcraft drivel). Not implying anything, just sayin'. All in all, I felt the manga was sub-par. Not horrible, but not good either. I didn't mind the art too much... but it didn't outstound me either. if it's your first warcraft manga, don't let it cloud your judgement on whether to pick up more. The Legends series is my favourite Out-of-game WoW media thus far, and Death Knight was pretty fantastic too. Or you could pick up some of the Dragonlance Books, which are quite good reading. TL;DR - Would have preferred the story as a phased quest in WoW. Main Character's story seems to be ripped from a similar story in Dragonlance. Spend your money on the other WoW Mangas or on Dragonlance Novels for a much better time.
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