The Guild: Bladezz (one-shot)

A comic review article by: Felicity Gustafson
As a former World of Warcrack -- ahem, World of Warcraft player, I will admit that The Guild is one of my guilty pleasures that I still indulge in. It’s one of those series that will only hold hilarity if you play WoW, Dungeons & Dragons or some equivalent because of the experienced understanding of the nerdlinger way. Basically, the whole series is a giant inside joke for gamer nerds.

Bladezz, a.k.a. Simon, is the group’s rogue and his character fits his class pretty well. The younger generations seem to gravitate more towards hunters or rogues because they’re generally easier to play. He’s the pretty boy of the group -- the young, brash and annoying one who’s comeback to everything is usually “Your mom.” Even though he can be irritating at times, the guild values him as a part of the team ever since they had to take down Zaboo’s mother in the first season of the show.

This comic didn’t actually have much to do with the guild, other than a WoW deprecating joke about a quest to search through poo… which, yes, really does exist in the game and if you had to do it, I’m sure you’re laughing right about now. Instead of dealing with in-game matters, this issue focused instead on Simon’s personal life. If you’ve watched the show, has anyone ever wondered how Simon got into modeling? Well, this is the issue that explains the mystery. Not only that, but he teams up with his younger sister when a new foe rears its ugly head -- his mother’s new boyfriend. Both children, being unaccustomed to their mother dating after divorcing their father, vowed to bring down the new intruder and put their plans of destruction into action.

Personally, I ended up liking his character a lot less by the end of this comic. While Simon’s generally selfish and childish, he normally comes through in the end and acts decently. The whole fiasco with getting rid of the new boyfriend was pretty ridiculous. Both children had a complete lack of regard for their mother’s happiness and instead only focused on making Collin, the boyfriend, look bad. Even when the mother was crying at the end, they still only showed satisfaction at getting their own way. But that’s the way some characters have to be, I suppose. Characters have flaws; otherwise they’d just be like any other Mary Sue.

The artwork is pretty decent. The characters resembled their screen actors and the facial expressions clearly got the message of disdain or elation across to the reader. I got a tinge of some kind of old style artwork, too. Currie’s style looks like something you’d find in the comic strip section of a newspaper. I did like the promotional page at the beginning with the"Secret origins of Finn Smulders, model extraordinaire!" with Dena, his sister, as his sidekick, complete with a mask. All it was missing was a couple BAM! and POW! blocks like an old school Batman comic and it would have been perfect. How can you go wrong with a Garage of Badassitude? It’s the teen version of the Batcave.

Overall, the comic was a decent read, but it wasn’t really anything special. If you’re a fan of the series, you might want to pick it up for the story into Simon’s past, but it doesn’t cover anything you necessarily need to know. Since it lacks much to do with the guild itself or gaming, I wouldn’t even say it’s a good comic to get someone interested in the show. Basically it’s just a filler piece made to give the audience a little more history behind the characters for curiosity’s sake.

Felicity Gustafson was born in Ohio and, after the astounding realization that there was more to do than look at trees and cows, she decided to become a nerd and got into comics, anime and video games. New to Comics Bulletin, she sticks mostly to reviewing things out of the horror and comedy genres. She spends most of her time working in the manufacturing industry, finishing her computer degree and steadfastly avoiding ham fat at all costs.

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