Review: The Witcher: Fading Memories #1

The Witcher: Fading Memories #1

I’m certainly someone who jumped on The Witcher train late. Once the stories of Geralt of Rivia were on Netflix, I ate them up. I jumped into the books, into Witcher 3 on PS 4, and then last but not least, the Dark Horse stories that were published. Truth be told, I’m not an easy sell on licensed comics. I do tend to feel they never do proper justice in the medium to where the stories originate. That said, I think The Witcher stories Dark Horse has published are pretty great.

In The Witcher: Fading Memories #1, Geralt’s work as a slayer of beasts has slowed of late and he takes up work with a fisherman only to be pulled away to fight foglets. Something isn’t quite right with the behavior of the foglets, leaving Geralt wanting to stay longer to investigate.

Part of what works is the build-up with the Witcher’s adventures. There’s some exceptionally good groundwork built here for a story that bounced between his work helping Badreine’s mayoress with the murderous foglets to his work as a fisherman. I credit Bartosz Sztybor with crafting an intriguing first chapter.

Amad Mir’s artwork lends itself to establishing a dark and murky atmosphere to Geralt’s adventure. It’s not the most detailed artwork but that’s alright. The coloring did fit but I would have liked a bit more of an expanded color palette.

Overall, I’m not overly impressed with the art but I am enjoying where the story is going. I’m still looking to take in as much of the Witcher’s adventures that I can and The Witcher: Fading Memories #1 continues to help the comic book stories of the Witcher excel in this medium.

Story: Bartosz Sztybor Art: Amad Mir
Color: Hamidreza Sheykh Letterer: Steve Dutro
Story: 8.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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