Written by: George Mann
Art by: Alan Quah, Komikaki Studio & Sean Lee
Going into the first issue of Dark Souls, I knew nothing of the game, its world, or anything between. Since then, my brother has picked up Dark Souls 3 and won’t shut up about the damn thing, so now I know who Aldritch is, what the Lords of Cinder are, and a bunch of other fantasy things from a world I’ll never actually enter. I mean, I’ll probably give Bloodborn a try, but…oh right, this is a comic book review.
So the good news is DS #2 is better than DS#1. We finally get a reason for Fira and Aldritch’s quest, and it’s pretty wonderful if I’m understanding it right. I won’t give anything big away, but it has to do with dragons, and according to my brother, dragons are a big deal in this series (as if that’s shocking when you’re dealing with high fantasy).
The problem is, I jumped to what I think are some very important—very dark—revelations to the end-game of Fira’s quest, but neither of the characters seemed to follow my train of thought. If A, then B, right? I’d have preferred more talk about that than what we get, which is basically a long, drawn out fight sequence with a bunch of monster spiders. Some fantasy stuff happens, and then the comic ends. It thankfully throws in a pretty big twist at the end, but now that I know something about Dark Souls, I don’t think its resolution will be all that grand.
Or to put this a different way: It’s kind of boring.
It would help if I cared about Fira, and just like I mentioned in the first issue, I feel like I should. Between her backstory and her reason for questing, the writers are hitting beats I like to see in a story like this, but it’s somehow coming together in a way that’s overly bland. To be honest, I’m way more interested in Aldritch now that I know a thing or two about him. I’d rather the comic be about him than some dull-as-dirt knight who won’t stop speaking in a grating Early-Modern English accent.
Issue 2 hasn’t changed my main stance on this series then: It’s really only worth reading for the artwork, which is still jaw-dropping amazing. This might be the prettiest comic I’ve ever come across.
As a story though, you can do better.