This writer remembers buying and playing Dragon Age: Origins with the Awakening expansion pack when he was a little younger. It happened to be one of his favorite RPGs behind Fallout 3, Star Wars: KOTOR, and Mass Effect. Bioware, developing all of these games except Fallout, has cemented itself as one of the best RPG developer in the business. With characters like Bastilla, Carth, Commander Shepard, Morrigan, Darth Revan, Darth Malak, and many more, it’s no surprise that Bioware has dipped their gems into other forms of media and entertainment.
If you were like this writer (a Playstation owner) you’ll probably remember not being able to play the first Mass Effect (Xbox exclusive) and had to listen to Commander Shepard explain that story in a short Dark Horse comic at the start of Mass Effect 2. While it would never be better than actually playing the original in the series, the comic did do justice. Dark Horse and Bioware then collaborated further to create the digital comic series Drage Age: The Silent Grove in early 2012 that follows the story of Alistair. Quickly after that release, still in 2012, the two creative groups created the three-part series Dragon Age: Those Who Speak. (This storyline fit into Bioware’s canon, with Isabela now the main focus.) When 2013 came, so did more Dragon Age comics, with the three-part title Until We Sleep and The World of Thedas Vol. 1. Until The World of Thedas, all art was handled by Chad Hardin, with scripts by David Gaider and Alexander Freed. Almost all the works can be found here.
Now, at the end of 2015, the proven duo will release Dragon Age: Magekiller. Described by digitalspy.com as a story that “centers around two new characters—Tessa and Marius mercenaries who use their skills to hunt down blood mages. But when a powerful patron hires them for a special mission, they realize it may be intended as their last.” Written by Greg Rucka and Carmen Carnero, the series should be fantasy at its finest.
Here’s some of the artwork below:
So if you’re a fan of the video game or fantasy in general, keep these comics in your mind when the snow starts coming down.