Author: Felicia Day & Others
Genre: Manga & Comics, Comedy, TV & Film, AWESOME
Publication Date: July 3, 2012 (North America – Dark Horse Comics)
Source: NetGalley review copy
Summary: Set before the first season of the show, these hilarious stories delighted fans and newbies alike and introduced plots that influenced the show itself, including season 5’s backstory of Tink, originally hinted at in these pages. Featuring a huge variety of comics’ best artists as well as many of the talents key to the web series, and leading directly to the moment Zaboo unexpectedly appears at a startled Codex’s front door in episode 1, this collection comprises a true “season 0” of The Guild! Collects the one-shots The Guild: Vork, The Guild: Tink, The Guild: Bladezz, The Guild: Clara, and The Guild: Zaboo.
☆: 4.5/5 stars – a definite can’t miss read for fans of “The Guild”!
Review: Guild fans! You can’t miss this volume of backstories of our heroes that before now, was only alluded to in episodes of the series or not revealed at all. While it doesn’t further the current season storylines as we know them, it does give us important (and fun!) information on Tink, Bladezz, Vork, Clara, and Zaboo – all leading up to the pilot episode in season 1.
Any sci-fi/fantasy fan can tell you one thing when you’re building your characters within your world/story: backstory is important. While this volume didn’t blow me away as much as the first, it’s still a wonderful look into the lives of the other members of the Guild, and how they got to where they are. Day does a wonderful job with this collection of one-shots that are totally within I think my favorite out of these one-shots has to be a tie between Tink, Clara, and Vork – we see how Tink always lies (but the truth of how she lives at the end), how Vork became such a control freak, and Clara…oh Clara. No words for how hilarious (and oh-so-fitting) her story was. It was a genuine pleasure to see how these characters came to be, and how they continue to evolve through the seasons of the show. It also has a lot of little things that, when watching them, didn’t always entirely make sense at the time make a ton more sense now.
I think a rewatch of all five seasons so far is in order.
The only thing that I wish had been in this TPB? Fawkes’ backstory. Then it REALLY would have been a party. Hence the not quite five stars. But still, this is a really awesome installment in the “Guild” saga, and a definite must-read for fans. If anything, for those just getting into the series, I’d recommend reading this book first, as it kind of lays everything out really neatly and nicely, making it smooth sailing for the viewer from there.
Needless to say, I’m really happy with what I got here, and I can’t wait for the next TPB. “The Guild: Knights of Good” is out now from Dark Horse in North America, so be sure to check it out when you can! Seriously, you can’t miss these origin stories of these awesome characters. Highly recommended!