I have to say I was a little leery, to say the very least, about picking up the latest in the Warcraft
class manga series from TOKYOPOP
, largely because their last offering was a pretty lackluster affair
. However, I am really, really glad I picked this one up, because Warcraft: Shaman
is an excellent
piece of work. The book marks the return of artist Rocio Zucchi, whose artwork graced the Warcraft: Death Knight
manga. Penning the story for this volume is Paul Benjamin, whose other works include the StarCraft: Frontline
series as well as work on Marvel Adventures
. So right away, we've got an artist whose work I like and an author who knows the ins and outs of writing comics. Good combination from the start!
The story follows the shaman group the Earthen Ring as they try to come to terms with the elements' sudden refusal to cooperate and the appearance of a shaman thought lost to them over 250 years before who has some surprising things to say -- and new shamanistic techniques that border on heresy to the ages-old organization. Warcraft: Shaman
covers what exactly it is to be a shaman, what it's like to work with the elements, and what happens when one is torn between the old ways and the new.
Please note: This review may contain some small spoilers for The Shattering as well as the upcoming Cataclysm expansion. If you'd like to remain unspoiled, turn back now!
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