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In Bioware's dark fantasy world of Thedas there are those who are willing to sacrifice their humanity for wealth and power, and those who will die to protect innocent people from them. The heroes of Thedas are often from unlikely places, some are pulled in to save the day by an odd string of fate, others seek adventure out on their own. These are their stories. The lonely k In Bioware's dark fantasy world of Thedas there are those who are willing to sacrifice their humanity for wealth and power, and those who will die to protect innocent people from them. The heroes of Thedas are often from unlikely places, some are pulled in to save the day by an odd string of fate, others seek adventure out on their own. These are their stories. The lonely king Alistair seeks out his father who was lost at sea fifteen years prior, but now he has a reason to think the old king is still alive. With the help of his friends, Varric the silver tongued Dwarven rogue and Isabella the legendary pirate, Alistair just may find out what happened to his father. The small party will face down assassins, dragons, Qunari elites, corrupted mages and more in their epic quest. As a great cataclysm causes a rift in the sky to tear open, two mercenaries find themselves pulled into fighting alongside the Inquisition against eldritch horrors from the Fade and monstrous soldiers corrupted by red lyrium. Meanwhile, across the sea, in Kirkwall, a drunken knight and his deft squire stumble upon a nefarious plot to steal a priceless relic. Their best solution: steal it first. This will be a must have collection for Dragon Age fans everywhere. Collects Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #1-6, Dragon Age: Those Who Speak #1-3, Dragon Age: Until We Sleep #1-3, Dragon Age: Magekiller #1-5, and Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1-5.


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In Bioware's dark fantasy world of Thedas there are those who are willing to sacrifice their humanity for wealth and power, and those who will die to protect innocent people from them. The heroes of Thedas are often from unlikely places, some are pulled in to save the day by an odd string of fate, others seek adventure out on their own. These are their stories. The lonely k In Bioware's dark fantasy world of Thedas there are those who are willing to sacrifice their humanity for wealth and power, and those who will die to protect innocent people from them. The heroes of Thedas are often from unlikely places, some are pulled in to save the day by an odd string of fate, others seek adventure out on their own. These are their stories. The lonely king Alistair seeks out his father who was lost at sea fifteen years prior, but now he has a reason to think the old king is still alive. With the help of his friends, Varric the silver tongued Dwarven rogue and Isabella the legendary pirate, Alistair just may find out what happened to his father. The small party will face down assassins, dragons, Qunari elites, corrupted mages and more in their epic quest. As a great cataclysm causes a rift in the sky to tear open, two mercenaries find themselves pulled into fighting alongside the Inquisition against eldritch horrors from the Fade and monstrous soldiers corrupted by red lyrium. Meanwhile, across the sea, in Kirkwall, a drunken knight and his deft squire stumble upon a nefarious plot to steal a priceless relic. Their best solution: steal it first. This will be a must have collection for Dragon Age fans everywhere. Collects Dragon Age: The Silent Grove #1-6, Dragon Age: Those Who Speak #1-3, Dragon Age: Until We Sleep #1-3, Dragon Age: Magekiller #1-5, and Dragon Age: Knight Errant #1-5.

30 review for Dragon Age: The First Five Graphic Novels

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Collects the original Dragon Age trilogy plus the next two miniseries. They are all solid stories. I like how they mix and match characters from the video game and characters brought into the comics continue to pop up in later miniseries too. For the most part the art is good. Chad Hardin and Carmen Carnero drew the first 4 miniseries. They have both moved onto working for DC and Marvel. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the Collects the original Dragon Age trilogy plus the next two miniseries. They are all solid stories. I like how they mix and match characters from the video game and characters brought into the comics continue to pop up in later miniseries too. For the most part the art is good. Chad Hardin and Carmen Carnero drew the first 4 miniseries. They have both moved onto working for DC and Marvel. Received a review copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This collects the following series: Dragon Age: The Silent Grove Dragon Age: Those Who Speak Dragon Age: Until We Sleep Dragon Age: Magekiller Dragon Age: Knight Errant This collection of Dragon Age's first five graphic novels series (note: the eponymous Dragon Age comic by IDW, which takes place before Origins, is not included in the set) gives a good survey for events starting after Dragon Age II. Some were authored by Dr More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This collects the following series: Dragon Age: The Silent Grove Dragon Age: Those Who Speak Dragon Age: Until We Sleep Dragon Age: Magekiller Dragon Age: Knight Errant This collection of Dragon Age's first five graphic novels series (note: the eponymous Dragon Age comic by IDW, which takes place before Origins, is not included in the set) gives a good survey for events starting after Dragon Age II. Some were authored by Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider (The Silent Grove, Those who Speak) while another is a Gaider/Alexander Freed collaboration (Until We Sleep). Greg Rucka helms Magekiller and Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir head Knight Errant. These are not all the Dragon Age comics out there: note that e.g., newer titles like Deception and Blue Wraith are not part of the collection. At a whopping 800 pages, this is very nicely value priced and a great way to delve more into the great lore of Dragon Age. Nearly all the stories take place right before Inquisition (3 of them) or around Inquisition time. The last series takes place just after the Trespasser DLC. Characters from the games spring up often but are rarely the main protagonists of the stories. Instead, we can get new perspectives on the lore and story of Dragon Age through these fresh faces. The artwork can vary a bit but for the most part the characters look as they did in the game. I liked some stories much more than others and the pacing can be very very slow. As we wait for Dragon Age IV, this is a good survey on the lore and a great way to get ready for the new game, Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David

    I played the game a bit but it's been a while ago but I'm not overly familiar with story. I found this collection plodding and without charisma. I played the game a bit but it's been a while ago but I'm not overly familiar with story. I found this collection plodding and without charisma.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Contrary to the prosaic books, the graphic novels in this book, and particularly the first three, are set in a “BioWare Canon” world, in which many things, such as (view spoiler)[Alistair being the King of Ferelden, apparently Anders being dead and the Bull’s Chargers being alive (hide spoiler)] are predetermined. Which is understandable- very difficult to keep a visual world as vague as a written one, but nevertheless, I found that it… broke some of the immersion for me. I kinda tried breaking d Contrary to the prosaic books, the graphic novels in this book, and particularly the first three, are set in a “BioWare Canon” world, in which many things, such as (view spoiler)[Alistair being the King of Ferelden, apparently Anders being dead and the Bull’s Chargers being alive (hide spoiler)] are predetermined. Which is understandable- very difficult to keep a visual world as vague as a written one, but nevertheless, I found that it… broke some of the immersion for me. I kinda tried breaking down my thoughts by story chunk. Silent Grove/Those Who Speak/Until We Sleep I think these three can pretty much only be reviewed as a unit, and as a unit… I’ve got to say, I wasn’t entirely crazy about any of them. As they were written by David Gaider, former lead writer of the franchise, the style of these graphic novels is very… very much Gaider-ian. (Gaider-ish? Gaideresque? Gaideresque.) Of which I unfortunately happen to not be a huge fan- it sounds mean, but there is something simplistic, yet highly dramatic about it that makes for a story that doesn’t appeal to me personally quite as much as other styles. They were okay, kind of more “big picture, big event, fast-paced” stories that kept the interest, and I enjoyed getting a better look at the Qunari- but they WERE kind of just what I’d call “okay”. I could definitely feel the person who wrote The Calling and The Stolen Throne behind it. BIG shoutout for Maevaris Tilani- The first canonically transgender character in BioWare canon (as far as I’m aware), and I really appreciated that she was never used as a “teaching moment! (view spoiler)[It’s all too common in most franchises that, when they introduce a trans character, they find an opportunity to have their identity as trans be revealed in some way, and have another character say something like “you’re a man/woman?” to give the character an opportunity (or better said, the obligation) to explain themselves and their gender identity to this other character. I never did like that trope much at all, and I’m very happy to see that even when Maevaris’ chest is revealed, nobody misgenders her, or says anything about it- which is really refreshing to see, and I was very happy about it. I really hope from the hints and the ending of Trespasser that we’re going to see Mae very soon! (hide spoiler)] As for the art, there were some inconsistencies (I think there were about as many faces for Mae as there were panels she was in, as if the artist had been unable to decide on a jaw- or hairline for her…), but nothing too distracting... or too remarkable, for that matter. Overall, I think I’d give it three stars. Magekiller I hate to sound like a downer, but for me, this was probably the weakest of the five stories. While I liked seeing the minor characters of Inquisition in action (view spoiler)[(namely Charter, Sutherland, and his company- who from this and Tevinter Nights, I now assume BioWare kind of decided that they survived, no matter how easy it is in the game to accidentally kill them) (hide spoiler)] , I found both Marius and Tessa to be rather weak as main characters. They do their job, and having them as a look into what might happen while the Inquisitor is off inquisiting was nice, but they’re both… I don’t know how to put this without sounding mean, kind of uninteresting? Marius is a quintessential Stoic Swordsman (I think not enough about him is learned for him to develop beyond that), and Tessa, while quippy… unfortunately has very little going for her. Sure, her being explicitly queer is nice, and Nevarra is an interesting enough setting, but with the “noble girl who ran away from her Nevarran family” backstory, it’s very difficult to avoid drawing parallels with Cassandra... and in that regard, Tessa falls short, just as the story itself kind of falls short. The highlight of this story is definitely the brief, but very welcome appearance of Dorian Pavus and the Bull’s Chargers- who are all perfectly characterized, and as delightful as ever, providing some much-needed levity and brightness to an otherwise kind of bleak story. (view spoiler)[Although if your main character is overshadowed by characters like Skinner, Dalish, or Rocky (characters who originally had, what, two lines or so in the base game, and now have two lines in the graphic novel, and have an uncomfortably high chance of being dead), I think that… might be saying something. Dorian being utterly delightful is, of course, no surprise to anyone- his appearance may be, but I do love to see him showing up from time to time. He’s by far my favorite character, and I do love just how often we get some throwaway little hints that he’s more than likely to show up in the next game as well. (hide spoiler)] For the art, I think I also liked that the least in this one. The style was very much like a classic Western comic book style, very reminiscent of the style of superhero comics... which is definitely not my personal favorite. I often find it to be static, often inconsistent, and the characters a little less expressive outside of big closeup panels than I'd hope them to be. (You know a character is broody in a story like that when their eyes disappear into a line that looks vaguely like another set of eyebrows. That happened a few times in this one.) Overall, I’d rate it three stars. Knight Errant This one is strange for me. While it’s one of the stronger stories of the five (dare I say, probably the one I liked the most!), it’s also one that… supposes a lot. Such as assuming that Sebastian (view spoiler)[apparently never attacked Kirkwall (hide spoiler)] and is therefore not just on speaking, but on friendly terms with Varric- that’s, for one, news to me. (view spoiler)[(As you might know, if at the end of Dragon Age 2 you spare Anders’ life AND have Sebastian present, Sebastian leaves the party in his rage, and having reclaimed his position as Prince of Starkhaven by 9:42, mounts an attack against the city-state of Kirkwall as an attempt to find and kill Anders himself. Judging by his overall pleasant tone and friendliness towards Varric, the new viscount, I’m guessing he... never did try annexing Kirkwall in this one? Which means Hawke killed Anders, WHICH I’m fairly sure is a minority choice… which makes including Sebastian such a weird choice to me. Given that we know nothing about any other Marcher city’s ruler, it would have been so easy to just invent a Bann or some sort of a Lordling to head a random city, and not set the story in any universe in particular or presuppose any player-made decision, but that’s honestly not as important as the paragraph I just wrote about it would lead you to believe.) (hide spoiler)] Other than that, a fairly straightforward story that read to me sort of like some of the novellas in Tevinter Nights did- self-contained, entertaining little stories of not much consequence. Vaea and Ser Hawthorne, I found more compelling than Marius and Tessa- they have a dynamic I enjoyed, and as likely as it is for all four of them to show up as at least minor characters later on, I think I’d be much happier to see those two. I also want to mention, I liked the art the most in this story. It was kind of… cuter, in a way, a little more unique, and I detected a little bit of a manga-esque influence in the way the dynamic poses and character builds were rendered (early on there was a frame that to me looked straight out of One Piece which made me smile)- it all looked really pretty, and was very nice to look at in general. Also love how Vaea and the other elves were drawn a little bit “elfier”- her horizontal, almost goatlike pupils and hooked nose made for quite a nice character design, and I hope in the next installment of the series, we’ll see more of these interesting features for the elves! Overall, I’d give this four stars. As a whole, I’ll round my rating up to four because of it as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Ross

    With several different authors and artists involved in this collection, I was quite impressed with the cohesive branch of the Dragon Age Universe that these creators have produced. A step removed from the games, each of these stories enhanced my understanding of pre-existing characters, but it was the final two stories, Magekiller and Knight Errant, that really stood far above the others. The introduction of new characters, the mage hunters Tessa and Marius, and the landless knight and his elven With several different authors and artists involved in this collection, I was quite impressed with the cohesive branch of the Dragon Age Universe that these creators have produced. A step removed from the games, each of these stories enhanced my understanding of pre-existing characters, but it was the final two stories, Magekiller and Knight Errant, that really stood far above the others. The introduction of new characters, the mage hunters Tessa and Marius, and the landless knight and his elven squire, Ser Aaron and Vaea, brought an exciting new direction for the story as they find themselves caught up in the actions of the Inquisition. The first three of the stories, The Silent Grove, Those Who Speak, and Until We Sleep were all enjoyable as well, but despite being written by one of the brains behind the original franchise, David Gaider, the story contained within was not as powerful as the latter two. Telling the story of King Alistair's quest to find out the truth behind his father, Maric, these stories play directly with characters who fought alongside the player in the games and, honestly, wasn't as engaging for that reason. The stories felt constrained by the roles that Alistair and Varric would have in the game Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it shows with how tame the adventures are. Where the latter two can add high stakes, this narrative relies on visual spectacle. And what a stunning spectacle it is. All five of the graphic novels contained within are a delight to look at. I'm most partial to Knight Errant because of its slight manga-esque leanings. However, all these works are striking and their use of both bright, and dark, colours to populate the page deserve a lot of the credit. Everyone involved in these stories deserves a lot of credit as they are fun, and pulpy, fantasy adventures that are enjoyable whether you've been exposed to Dragon Age before or not. I highly recommend them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Hubsky

    Overall rating: 3.53 Honestly, I didn't care for the first three and was pretty annoyed. The 4th and 5th one make this one for me. The books were 100% better than the graphic novels which I find so upsetting. I felt like Varric( I love him) but he's overused he wasn't too out of place with Knight Errant. If this wasn't dragon age I'd probably sell this collection. Knight Errant Art 4| Plot 3.5| Character 5| Setting 5| Enjoyability 5 overall: 4.5 I loved this one! I felt heartened by Vaea and her knig Overall rating: 3.53 Honestly, I didn't care for the first three and was pretty annoyed. The 4th and 5th one make this one for me. The books were 100% better than the graphic novels which I find so upsetting. I felt like Varric( I love him) but he's overused he wasn't too out of place with Knight Errant. If this wasn't dragon age I'd probably sell this collection. Knight Errant Art 4| Plot 3.5| Character 5| Setting 5| Enjoyability 5 overall: 4.5 I loved this one! I felt heartened by Vaea and her knight Ser Arron! I loved both of these main characters and was glad to see the two characters from Magekiller! I also loved the art in this one a lot more! I would love to hear more about Vaea's adventures! Mage Killer Art 4| Setting 5| Character 3.5| Plot 4| Enjoyability 4 Overall: 4.10 This is my favorite out of the collection its a 100 % better. I think it's the fact it doesn't follow any known characters too much so they can't fuck up the characterization too bad. Until We Sleep Character 3| Setting 5| Plot 3| Art 3| Enjoyability 3 Overall rating: 3.4 This comic was better than the last two. I was actually having a chill time. I enjoy when it doesn't try to kill the characterizations. Those Who Speak Art 3| Character 2.5| Plot 3| Setting 4| Enjoyability 2 Overall: 2.9 I really didn't like what they did to Isabela in this comic. I feel like they kind of destroyed her character by having what she did to the slaves and contradicts what happened in 2. It pissed me off and killed any enjoyability I had The Silent Grove Art 3| Plot 3| Character 2| Enjoyability 3 Overall: 2.75 The comic was pretty boring. I didn't really like the art too much and I felt like Alistair was pretty OOC. I didn't like his characterization.

  7. 4 out of 5

    K

    I'm basing the stars on the way the omnibus ended: with two interesting, vibrant stories. The first three books? Terrible. Reviews for book 1, book 2, and book 3 individually. I honestly felt betrayed by three of my favorite, BFF characters being... utter imposters trying to do 90s Batman stuff. Book 4 managed to turn things around by giving us new characters on their own scrappy adventures, and book 5 kept the momentum going. It's nice seeing the Inquisition out in the world, working their nefar I'm basing the stars on the way the omnibus ended: with two interesting, vibrant stories. The first three books? Terrible. Reviews for book 1, book 2, and book 3 individually. I honestly felt betrayed by three of my favorite, BFF characters being... utter imposters trying to do 90s Batman stuff. Book 4 managed to turn things around by giving us new characters on their own scrappy adventures, and book 5 kept the momentum going. It's nice seeing the Inquisition out in the world, working their nefarious tendrils into things.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    2,5/5. I find this comic book to be quite disappointing! I saw a review saying it lakes charisma, and I couldn't have phrase it better! The art is awesome, there is no denying that and I like how the universe was put into comic and how we bring characters from the video game and the feeling of seeing them again, all that was good! But it felt empty, like the book has no soul, nothing seem to work together, the magic just don't work. It's unfortunate because I think it had all the elements needed 2,5/5. I find this comic book to be quite disappointing! I saw a review saying it lakes charisma, and I couldn't have phrase it better! The art is awesome, there is no denying that and I like how the universe was put into comic and how we bring characters from the video game and the feeling of seeing them again, all that was good! But it felt empty, like the book has no soul, nothing seem to work together, the magic just don't work. It's unfortunate because I think it had all the elements needed to be a great comic in the lines of The Last God, from DC, which I truly loved, but here it didn't work. Maybe it try to over expand its universe whiteout taking the time to build on its fundamental, KI don't know I'm just trying to find a reason why I didn't like. Maybe I just didn't like it...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

    When it comes to graphic novel collections - especially ones such as this, where there are several different artists and authors- it can be really easy for the collection to feel all over the place. Luckily, this is a surprisingly cohesive collection that does a good job of blending in aspects from the each games plotline. Each graphic novel is solid; none of them struck me as lacking, though I was also not blown away by any of them. Just good, solid writing. Still, it’s definitely deserving of When it comes to graphic novel collections - especially ones such as this, where there are several different artists and authors- it can be really easy for the collection to feel all over the place. Luckily, this is a surprisingly cohesive collection that does a good job of blending in aspects from the each games plotline. Each graphic novel is solid; none of them struck me as lacking, though I was also not blown away by any of them. Just good, solid writing. Still, it’s definitely deserving of 5 stars IMO, despite not necessarily breaking any story telling boundaries or what have you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    William

    The art differs considerably in style volume to volume, to varying effect, but the writing makes for highly enjoyable, canonized stories that feature more than a few appearances by the cast of the video games. The last of the stories, Knight Errant, ended up being both the most lighthearted and my favorite of the bunch -- it felt most like a story you might see in the game in either its computer or tabletop formats -- but there isn't really a dud in the set. I'm into these enough to continue on The art differs considerably in style volume to volume, to varying effect, but the writing makes for highly enjoyable, canonized stories that feature more than a few appearances by the cast of the video games. The last of the stories, Knight Errant, ended up being both the most lighthearted and my favorite of the bunch -- it felt most like a story you might see in the game in either its computer or tabletop formats -- but there isn't really a dud in the set. I'm into these enough to continue on with the graphic novels, but having all of these in one book is definitely a plus.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eric Starker

    This is a fun read for fans of the Dragon Age games. I preferred the latter two stories as I really enjoyed the new characters and the storytelling approach to the more straightforward writing of the King Alastair story, but everything is solid with some new lore.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    I really enjoyed Mage Killers and Knight Errant. The comics with Alistair seemed a bit off-character to me, or at least with how I usually leave that character in the game.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes

    The first three stories were enjoyable and straightforward to follow, the last two stories would have greatly benefitted from chapters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    very worth it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    hal

    oh i adored all of these !!! the magekiller one was the only one i found a bit lacking, but i enjoyed them all. seeing my favorite characters from the screen come alive on the pages was wonderful.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Packed with lore, wonderful characters, and varying plots that keep you hooked. This is a great collection of comics! :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    April Gray

    I've not played the game, but you don't have to to enjoy these stories. This collection has everything you could want in an epic fantasy saga- lots of action, magic, unnecessarily scantily clad women, pirates, evil bad guys, elves, dwarves, some kind of horned people, a quest to find a missing king, all kinds of intrigue going on in the present and the past, and, oh yeah! Dragons! And that's just the first three books! We also get Magekiller and Knight Errant to finish things off. The first thre I've not played the game, but you don't have to to enjoy these stories. This collection has everything you could want in an epic fantasy saga- lots of action, magic, unnecessarily scantily clad women, pirates, evil bad guys, elves, dwarves, some kind of horned people, a quest to find a missing king, all kinds of intrigue going on in the present and the past, and, oh yeah! Dragons! And that's just the first three books! We also get Magekiller and Knight Errant to finish things off. The first three books, The Silent Grove, Those Who Speak, and Until We Sleep, are one continuing story, told from different perspectives. The story is nicely paced, full of action, a good amount of backstory and character development, and some gorgeous art. Magekiller is okay, it's a decent story, though the pacing is all over the place. Again, gorgeous art on this one too. Knight Errant is a fun story with some new characters, and an appearance from an older character; a good story, great characters, a M/F relationship that has depth and (gasp!) isn't a romance! The art style is different on this one, almost anime-ish, but still lovely. Overall, a solid collection, worth reading.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phoenix

    4.5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    If you're interested in knowing more about the characters we follow through the games (or if you want to make new acquaintances with characters) definitely try this collection of graphic novels. If you're interested in knowing more about the characters we follow through the games (or if you want to make new acquaintances with characters) definitely try this collection of graphic novels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara Daily

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashlyn Sherman

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Walker

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thom Watson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Poppy Johnson

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