From Playstation Game to Graphic Novel, MediEvil has had 20 years with a devout following. With the remake coming to the PS4, we get a story that acts as the catalyst for the games. Come check out the Major Spoilers Review of MediEvil by Titan Comics!
Writer: Chris Sorrell
Artist: Jason Wilson
Colorist: Jason Wilson
Letterer: Jason Wilson
Editor: Jake Devine
Publisher: Titan Publishing
Cover Price: $12.99
Release Date: December 3rd, 2019
Previously on MediEvil: MediEvil follows a lovable skeleton who once was the hero Sir Daniel Fortesque. However, history is skewed and the story that is told doesn’t line up with the lazy arrogant teen that he actually was. As a skeleton, Sir Fortesque was able to put a stop to Zarok, a necromancer and save the Land of Gallowmere. With this graphic novel, we can find out the truth of Daniel Fortesque’s death and find out what kind of person he actually was.
A TIME TRAVEL TROPE
The story starts with a mysterious stranger talking to a historian about the true story of Sir Daniel Fortesque. Once upon a time, Sir Daniel resurrected as a skeleton and fell in love with a reanimated Egyptian princess. During those times, the young couple found a Time Machine that takes our skeletal hero right… into his origin story. Undead Daniel does not see his lover but finds a human Fortesque being a pompous prick. With an undead army is on the doorstep of the Kingdom, undead Fortesque must set in motion the events that caused him to die in the first place.
Meeting some old acquaintances, undead Fortesque impersonates his human self and became a hero that he is meant to be. He defeats a Jabberwocky to instill courage in his army and undertakes a ritual to return flesh to his skin. To complete this ritual, he must get the heart of someone who loves him. Entering the grave of his undead princess, he acquires the heart to complete the ritual. Leading the army of Gallowmere, he then takes the arrow to the eye that has become the hallmark of his character.
HITTING THE NOSTALGIA
When I saw this book, I immediately when to 10 year old (or however old I was) Chris playing this game for the first time. Heck yes, I got to play a good guy goofy skeleton! This brings up an interesting point that nostalgia really does sell. There are comic books and stories out there that really try to an original story and I realized that I ignored those stories because I have memories of this one. That is problematic because the only reason why I liked this story is because I played the game. I think it is difficult for me to support stories that aren’t terribly strong but are using other techniques to sell their product. This puts me in conflict because I actually enjoyed this read.
The writing in the book does not take itself very seriously and does a good job at being lighthearted. This is a story of a skeleton who is reliving his own death but we never get a sense of despair. This is fine. The game was designed for a young audience and is meant to be fun and goofy. As an adult rereading the book, the story doesn’t have depth in its themes and I think the plot is rather faulty. The writer created a time paradox where Sir Fortesque doesn’t actually die, how could he have been reanimated in the first place?
I enjoyed the art tremendously through and has a lot of attention to detail. There is a scene where Sir Fortesque is standing with his army and the way the orange sun gleams on the armor is incredible. The book may be worth the pick up just to take in the art even if the story gets a little wonky.
BOTTOM LINE: I ENJOYED IT
I know my review had a lot of concerns about the story quality but I really did enjoy this book. I’m also not naive enough to think that people who didn’t play the game would have the same enjoyment. What this book does is close a lore question that the games didn’t get a chance to explore. Pick it up if you enjoyed the game but pass if you haven’t. 3.5 out of 5 stars for the MediEvil graphic novel by Titan Publishing!
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The writing in the book does not take itself very seriously and does a good job at being lighthearted. This is a story of a skeleton who is reliving his own death but we never get a sense of despair.