Have you heard of World of Warcraft? If not, you might get very confused by this unusual comic book review.
I did not stumble on to “Line of Defense” on my own; my boyfriend picked it up for me. He is a fan of video games, and more companies are combining the two geek genres — video games and comic books — to bring the stories to life.
I’m not just talking Mario or “Rock Band,” but MMOs, or massively multiplayer online games. These games are usually played on a computer, and are capable of supporting hundreds of thousands of players simultaneously. The companies create storylines for players with some leeway, and then unleash the players into that world to continue the tales.
This comic book begins with a history lesson from the video game. It is the end of the 30th century, where humanity had conquered space travel and spread themselves throughout the galaxy. The Galactic Command was formed, but the Insurgents called its control oppression. The Insurgents attacked the planet Lyrius, which housed decommissioned GALCOM bases. It is now 3000AD and the galaxy braces for war.
The comic then becomes an extension of the video game. The more in-depth storyline starts with Fleet Commander Dansing. For about four pages, she details the GALCOM’s operation to take down the Nightbridge Starbase’s defenses and slowly start to infiltrate. We then meet the Razor Team: Tony Vallejo, Jill Elsbeth, Arnaud Farrish and Carlton Waverly.
Readers follow this crew through the next 12 pages as they crash onto Lyrius, take out a group of Insurgents that are investigating the crashed GALCOM ship, gather androids and a hostage, and then begin attacking the base.
On the final page of the comic, we see Commander Dansing again, as she laments that this mission to take over the planet and gain access to the Insurgents’ super weapon will take longer than she had hoped.
This comic is not for everyone. But it isn’t the writing by Ricardo Sanchez, which is great and on par with a game like this. He even has a knack for military lingo. The art is amazing and lifelike, too. Artist Brian Ching has unique panel construction and makes the action jump off the page.
To me, this is boring. I am not into video games, despite my boyfriend’s attempts. I can’t really get into this storyline because I am not a fan of fighter games. However, those who are into MMO video games would love this piece, and it is definitely something to pick up for them.
Comic Book Wednesday showcases a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.