Dragon Age: The Silent Grove from Dark Horse, written by David Gaider and Alexander Freed and drawn by Chad Hardin picks up right where Dragon Age II left off, bringing back characters from the entire franchise. King Alistair Theirin, the pirate Isabela and Varric Tethras adventure around the world of Dragon Age, eventually confronting the Witch of the Wilds and a few dragons. It’s everything fans of the Dragon Age games get: awesome fantasy characters and a dynamic world full of wondrous creatures.
The guy that probably knows Dragon Age better than anyone else, Gaider, plots this excellent additive to the world that thousands of gamers have played hundreds of hours. While Freed does the scripting, he makes the dialogue plausible and the characters are believable within the confines of what the game has established. With multiple, sometimes hair-brained battles, adventures in different locales, and a finale against the big boss that was unexpected, The Silent Grove has enough twists and turns to make it feel like another episode of the Dragon Age game. At the same time, it doesn’t go so far as to being a bad comic book sequel.
Michael Atiyeh’s colors on top of Hardin’s art makes for an often dark and moody world that, while it feels different from the Dragon Age game, it’s appropriate for the story and is smart comic book art. One thing that stands out about Hardin’s pages is how he beautifully captures the majesty of the dragons. Dragons are a common fantasy creature that too easily can become mundane. But the comic is called Dragon Age, so, the dragons have to be unearthly. Hardin captures this nicely in story where dragons need to be sympathetic and frightening all in the series set of pages.
Fans of the Dragon Age game should definitely give The Silent Grove a read when they’ve exhausted all of the potential stories for the third or fourth time on the TV screen.