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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

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Explore The Witcher’s Adventures with the Dark Horse Witcher Sale

From books to video games and television, The Witcher has blown up, and here’s your opportunity to explore more adventures and save with the “Dark Horse Witcher Sale“. It’s currently going on comiXology right now.

You can save 50% on collections and single issues are just $0.99. There’s 32 comics on sale now.

But, set off on your adventure quick as the sale ends on November 23, 2020.

The Witcher Vol. 1

Dark Horse to Produce a New Water Bottle Line with a Portion of the Proceeds Donated to the Environmental Defense Fund

Dark Horse has announced a brand-new line of environmentally friendly products for a new age, collectible water bottles. With designs from some of the comics Dark Horse has to offer, including Umbrella Academy, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcherwith more to follow! The first line-up will arrive February 2021.

Each 17-ounce stainless-steel water bottle is double-wall insulated, so whether you’re time traveling or fighting monsters, your water bottle will keep your beverage the perfect temperature, either hot or cold.

A portion of each bottle Dark Horse sells will be donated to the Environmental Defense Fund, an organization dedicated to preserving the world’s natural resources.

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Black Widow: Widow's Sting #1

It’s a new week and while we’re focused on the election in the United States tomorrow, we’re still going to bring you lots of comic news and reviews. We’re kicking that off with our morning roundup of news from around the web and so much more to come today and this week!

How to Love Comics – Your Easy Guide To The Witcher Comics – If you’re interested in hopping into the comics after the television show or video games.

Kotaku – Joe Biden Has A Fortnite Island Now – Intriguing. Not sure how much of an impact so close to the election but it’s definitely a fascinating decision and something to watch.

Kotaku – Spider-Man: Miles Morales Has An Into The Spider-Verse Suit – Who’s getting this game when it comes out?

Reviews

CBR – Black Widow: Widow’s Sting #1
NPR – Blue in Green
Atomic Junk Shop – Dragman
Collected Editions – Flash Forward
Hollywood Soapbox – Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter
The Hashtag Show – Power Rangers: Sins of the Future
Comic Attack – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1
Flickering Myth – Trick ‘r Treat Omnibus
Talking Comics – X of Swords: Stasis #1

McFarlane Releases Exclusive Collectibles During Walmart’s Colelctor Con October Event

McFarlane Toys has launched several exclusive collectible action figures offered only on Walmart.com as part of the retailer’s Collector Con that started today, Oct 1st and are available at now

Following on the success of Walmart’s Summer Collector Con, McFarlane Toys and Walmart have teamed up to bring collectors and fans exclusive offerings and first available pre-orders of collectible action figures based McFarlane Toys’ licensing partnerships with the best global and fan-favorite brands.

Here’s a list of McFarlane Toys’ exclusive 7-inch action figures available:

DC Multiverse – McFarlane Gold Label Collection: Batman Designed by Todd McFarlane 
McFarlane Gold Label Collection: Todd McFarlane’s Mandarin Spawn (Blue)
DC Multiverse – Batman: Arkham Asylum Bronze
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – McFarlane Gold Label Collection: Geralt of Rivia
DOOM Eternal – Marauder Bronze
Warhammer 40,000 – Necron Warrior Artist Proof
Mortal Kombat – Kitana: Battle Kahnum Skin

Also, available for the first time on pre-order are 7-inch collectible figures:

Mortal Kombat – Sub-Zero Winter Purple Skin
My Hero Academia – Shota Aizawa
Warhammer 40,000 – Adepta Sororitas Battle Sister

Visit Walmart’s Collector Con shop now! Quantities are limited, so don’t miss your chance to bring home the hottest collectibles! Prices range from $19.99 to $39.99.

McFarlane Toys and CD Projekt Red Team Up for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action Figure

One of the most critically acclaimed and popular video game franchises has linked up with one of the most innovative and creative action figure manufacturers. In a partnership with CD PROJEKT RED, McFarlane Toys has announced the addition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt action figure into their Fall 2020 lineup with the reveal of witcher Geralt of Rivia. A master of the sword, adept at combat magic, and with finely-honed witcher senses, Geralt was forged at the elite School of the Wolf and is considered one of the deadliest witchers ever trained.

The Geralt of Rivia 12-inch figure will be featured wearing his signature Kaer Morhen armor and will include Geralt’s silver and steel swords with sheaths, monster head trophies, and The Witcher branded base.

McFarlane Toys’ Geralt of Rivia 12-inch figure will be available for pre-order in mid-Oct at Amazon.com and available at Best Buy, Walmart.com and specialty retailers worldwide in November 2020. MSRP $39.99.

Fans will start to see additional new The Witcher action figures from McFarlane Toys rolling out on retailer shelves in 2021.

McFarlane Toys The Witcher

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Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Things are ramping up and we’ve got some interviews coming at you over the next few days, reviews, and so much more! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – RIP Martin Pasko – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

The Comics Journal – Richard Sala 1955-2020 – Our thought are also with his friends and family.

The Beat – A YEAR OF FREE COMICS: Follow the comedic adventures of Basri and Hector in ELF & WARRIOR – Free comics!

Newsarama – KICKSTARTER’s Comics Outreach Lead CAMILLA ZHANG Laid Off – It’ll be interesting to see who, if anyone fills the role, if anyone ever does.

CBR – Did Jack Kirby Ever Draw Wolverine in a Comic Book? – Hadn’t thought about this, but now that it’s brought up…

Variety – The CW Acquires Rights to ‘Swamp Thing,’ ‘Tell Me a Story’ – Interesting.

Book Riot – Hmmm: How to Read The Witcher Books and Comics – For those wondering where to start and where to go from there.

Reviews

The Beat – A Man & His Cat
Newsarama – Bad Karma #1
Newsarama – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Geralt Returns to Comics in The Witcher: Fading Memories

For fans who can’t get enough of the White Wolf, CD Projekt Red and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up again to bring you a brand-new story set in the world of the smash hit game series! Penned by Bartosz Sztybor and illustrated by Amad Mir, with a cover by Evan CagleThe Witcher: Fading Memories follows the further adventures of Geralt of Rivia.

Geralt has become impoverished and dejected since monster threats have seemingly vanished. Times have always been hard for Witchers—but without continual work, his situation has worsened. As Geralt explores new possibilities for his life path, he receives a request from the Mayor of Towitz, a small town where children are being kidnapped by Foglets…but something feels off about this new threat.

The Witcher: Fading Memories #1 (of four) goes on sale June 17, 2020.

The Witcher: Fading Memories #1

Underrated: The Witcher Omnibus

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  The Witcher Omnibus.


I often wonder how to start a column when the focus is an adaptation of other media – especially when the other media is an adaptation of something else. Such as it is with Dark Horse’s The Witcher Omnibus. The book collects four five issue miniseries mostly written by Paul Tobin, with two being based on the books and two seemingly based on the video games that were also based on the books judging by Geralt’s armour and the appearance of certain characters in the final story.

As someone who has grown to love the The Witcher over the last 18 months, getting a chance to experience the stories in a different format was an exciting opportunity. I loved the books, and thoroughly enjoyed The Witcher III: Wild Hunt on PlayStation 4. The eight episodes of the Netflix adaptation wasn’t even close to being enough for me, and I can’t wait to experience more when the second season hits. For some reason, despite being a comic guy, I had never actually read the comics until my parents sent me the omnibus for my birthday (it hasn’t happened yet – I just have no patience when it comes to opening gifts for my birthday), and I read the 200 odd pages in two sittings interrupted only by an exhausted sleep.

The book was a fantastic read, and I really enjoyed seeing how the a short story from one of the first two books translated to comic book form (I’d be more specific which book it was from, but I read them back to back and often get which short stories are in which book mixed up), just as it was fun to see a story set after the events of one of the game’s endings. Thankfully, it was the ending I had gotten when playing through, so it could be confusing if you only went through the game once and got a different outcome.

That’s honestly the only downside I can think of to the omnibus. That you may need to know pieces from the other adaptations to enjoy one of the stories within (even though the game isn’t specifically referenced so the story won’t spoil your enjoyment of Wild Hunt), but if you’re somebody like me who has gone all in of Andrej Sapkowski’s creation then you’ll not notice it. Or if you’re willing to accept that certain things have happened that don’t impact the story then you’ll still be able to enjoy the final story.

All in all, it’s a minor complaint.

The art is varied within the omnibus, with the first two tales taking on a more Hellboy-esque look and feel which suits the world of Geralt just fine, and the latter two taking inspiration from the imagery gamers are more familiar with. Either way, I had absolutely no complaints with how the book looked, how it read nor how Tobin and the rest of the creative team handled Geralt of Rivia.

The book will set you back between roughly $25-30 depending which side of the Canadian border you’re on, and it was worth each and every penny for me. If you’re curious about who Geralt is beyond the events in the Netflix show and you haven’t read the books yet, then this is a great introduction. The nature of his long life and many adventures lend themselves well to short pointed stories within a five issue miniseries, which is what makes this book stand out so well; there isn’t an epic story told over hundred of pages, but rather a selection of Geralt’s contracts, his adventures and his stories. So toss a coin to you witcher comic shop and grab this book. You won’t be disappointed


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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The Runaway Princess

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you from the GP team. While we recover from an ok football championship, here are some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Winnipeg Free Press – Graphic novels now eligible for Giller – Nice to see graphic novels gain acceptance and recognition.

Reviews

The Beat – BTTM FDRS
The Beat – Bug Boys
AV Club – The Runaway Princess
The Beat – The Seeker
ICv2 – The Witcher Omnibus Vol. 1

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