Varric and Lace Harding search for the traitorous Dread Wolf in a series that prepares us for the new Dragon Age Game. Check it out in Dragon Age: The Missing #2 by Dark Horse Comics!
DRAGON AGE: THE MISSING #2 (OF 4)
Writer: George Mann
Artist: Fernado Heinz Furukawa and Rocio Zucchi
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Editor: Rose Weitz
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 22nd, 2023
Previously in Dragon Age: After the events of Dragon Age: Inquisition, Solas betrayed his team and revealed himself to be the Dread Wolf. Varric Tethras and Scout Lace Harding are hot on the trail when they find an invitation to the home of Lady Chrysanthus in a secret Deep Roads base.
Dragon Age: The Missing #2 reveals that Varric and Harding traveled for a few weeks with a montage of their adventures. They arrived, for better or worse, at Lady Chrysanthus’ door. When they knock, they are immediately turned away from the house. Taking a more subtle approach, the duo sneaks into the home and breaks through the magical lock. To their surprise, they find Lady Chrysanthus turned to stone and a pair of Antivan Crow assassins sent to kill her. Varric, Harding, and the Crows don’t have any beef with each other. They work together to reveal that the Lady is a spymaster looking for the Crucious Stone in the Forest of Arlathan.
Suddenly, the Lord of the house attacks and uses powerful magic to set the house on fire. With the Antivan Crow’s help, they use the stone statue of Lady Chrysanthus to knock out the Lord, leaving him in the burning building.
For me, Dragon Age: The Missing #2 is precisely what I want. I want to hit that nostalgia factor and have good action scenes with stuff I recognize from the game. But I felt burdened by the number of names I was given. Not just of this Lady’s house but of the forest, the magical item, the new Antivan crow “allies,” and the overarching Venatori plot. I can’t even imagine understanding this if I was a new reader. That said, I don’t expect this series to be aimed at people unfamiliar with the series. People picking up this comic are likely very familiar with the storyline. Thus, the burden of explanation isn’t on the author. But I wish this could be an entryway to the games because there are undoubtedly comic book readers out there who are not gamers.
The art and coloring are excellent. I like the background colors and how they light up the room but still imply darkness. The action scenes engaged me, and I could keep track of everything happening. Good work here by the creative team.
It is safe to say that I am the target audience for Dragon Age: The Missing #2. It makes me want to return to the games and replay the main story. The book hits that excitement and nostalgia factor exceptionally well. 4 out of 5 stars for Dragon Age: The Missing #2.
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Dragon Age: The Missing #2
Dragon Age: The Missing #2 hits the nostalgia factor well with exciting art and engaging characters.