App Review: The Guild Comic
Release: Apr 21, 2010
Genre: Comic Book
Developer: Dark Horse Comics
Available Platforms: Ipod, Iphone, Ipad
MSRP: .99 Cents
Website: Guild on Itunes
Felicia Day and Dark Horse Comics brings fans of the already widely popular YouTube series The Guild which is slated for a fourth season brings a new way to enjoy the fun of the web series with a completly new twist. Those readers that are new to the series will be treated to a great intro through stories of how the Knights Of Good will soon be formed. Well old fans will be brought up to speed on the lives of their favorite guild members and how they became the Guild buddies they are today. Just recently The Guild comic series was released to Ipod users for their reading pleasure. As a comic book on the Ipod touch you either flip pages forward by flicking your finger forward or move backwards with a flick of the finger backwards.
Chronicling the hilarious on- and offline lives of a group of Internet role-playing gamers, the Knights of Good, The Guild has become a cult hit. In this origin tale of the Knights of Good, we learn about Cyds life before joining the guild, how she became Codex, and how she began to meet the other players who would eventually become her teammates. This storyline fills in details never before revealed on the web show. Readers will get a glimpse into the world of The Guild as each new episode unveils a new player into the mix. In the first comic we meet Bladezz as he kills a fuzzy squirrel Codex happens to be petting. Vork later appears as Codex learns fighting a boss alone never pans out if you don’t know the weak points. We also get a glimpse at Tinkerballa another member of the Knights Of Good, as she storms out of the game store. In the first comic we have yet to meet Clara or Zaboo who make up the rest of the cast of the web series.
One great thing about the comic is it is portable making it easy to travel with. Also having a non-paper form means no bent pages or ruined comic book from your travels. It was also nice to see that the web series translated well from the Internet to a written form. Felicia Day has a wonderful style of writing that is both witty and charming making for a great read. Though one flaw was quickly recognized that the written comic was a curse and a blessing all rolled into one. You get the back story of the characters through the writing but many of the jokes fall through with no emotion carrying them. Unlike the web series we can’t connect with an actual person we are left staring at a sheet hoping to draw some sort of connection that won’t ever be there. Lines that make Cyd the main character seem charming and timid in the actual web series fail to have much charm when being read. Some points during the comic the dialouge is awkward to actually read and understand.
The Guild comic provides a great starting point for those looking to jump into the web series. With background stories setting up how the actual cast members meet and become the Knights of Good. If you are looking to become a fan the 99 cents is a small price to pay to start off the comic series.
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