Varric and Scout Harding search the far reaches to try and reach Solas. Find out if they can find him before the trail goes cold in Dragon Age: The Missing #4 by Dark Horse Comics!
DRAGON AGE: THE MISSING #4 (OF 4)
Writer: George Man
Artist: Alvaro Sarraseca
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Letterer: Nate Piekos
Editor: Dave Marshall
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 10th, 2023
Previously in Dragon Age: Based on the video game franchise, Dragon Age: The Missing, explore the game’s favorite characters, Varric and Harding, while they search for the Dread Wolf, Solas. This series bridges the gap between Dragon Age Inquisition and the new game projected to emerge next year. Varric and Harding find themselves in Minrathous, where Solas has recently been spotted.
Dragon Age: The Missing #4 starts with a brief conversation between Varric and Harding. Harding blames Varric for all the time he wasted in a scheme to track a Venatori assassin that never showed up. Varric, in an attempt to help speeds things along, meets with Neve Gallus, an investigator. Neve reveals that Solas has been freeing Elven slaves but tells them of a group called the Shadow Dragons who help free slaves in need. After they talk to one of the freed slaves, the group learns of a meeting where the freed slaves are going to decide what to do next. They also find a fresh trail on Solas where they can catch up tonight. Varric then realizes that he is being tracked by the Venatori and that he inadvertently put these slaves in jeopardy.
The duo decided to save the slaves from the Venatori rather than catch up to Solas. After an intense fight scene, Varric realizes that he needs more help. Varric and Solas were friends and needed a fresh person with fresh tactics to help them.
I liked the ending to Dragon Age: The Missing #4. The person referenced at the end is likely the player character when the game comes out. When reading this book, I knew these would be filler stories to tide us over to the game. Varric cannot realistically find Solas because he is integral to the storyline. Because I knew those tropes in comic book adaptions of games, I could explore the characters and the mini adventures. Varric’s moral code stands out, and Harding is a unique character that deserves more screen time. Watching them accept that Solas is within their reach but choosing to save slaves intrigued me as a reader. In fact, this whole series featured decisions like this that made for excellent stories. I don’t know if the narrative plot was particularly unique, but I love these characters, and this title did a great job featuring them.
The art style in this issue pays excellent homage to the game but doesn’t have any particular stand-out panels. I like the creative team’s use of light and colors, though, so great job.
Dragon Age: The Missing #4 completes its intended goal of creating hype for the series. On top of that, it hits the nostalgia factor and reminds us of the overall storyline. With all that in mind, this comic does a fantastic job and is a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
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Dragon Age: The Missing #4
Dragon Age: The Missing #4 does everything a comic book storyline of a video game should do and does it exceptionally well.