The Witcher: Fox Children continues with another strong entry in this mini-series. We’re over halfway now and judging by the quality of each issue this’ll end up being quite the worthwhile tale. Tobin maintains his formidable grasp on the world of The Witcher, having played an exorbitant amount of The Witcher 3 recently I can attest to this.
WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Joe Quiero
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: June 3, 2015
This story could easily fit into The Witcher 3 as a side quest, it feels totally in line with the world. You can practically hear Geralt’s gravely voice in all of his lines and his sage wisdom never fails to make you think. There’s actually about a half dozen wise words from him this issue alone and they’re all superb.
Picking up immediately after last issue our motley crew have just ‘lost’ their boat and must traverse the treacherous swamp on foot. As they set out in search of an exit the Vulpess challenges them at every turn. Crafting illusions so masterful that even Geralt cannot tell where reality ends and the delusions begin. Causing him to question and evaluate every occurrence, although not everyone is as competent. Many of the fools who Geralt has become trapped with are easily tricked, causing many of them to died quite unfortunate deaths. Even after being thoroughly tricked time and time again they practically throw themselves into the thresher. Luckily Geralt’s sarcasm and gallows humour are always there to cut through their idiocy. His utter frustration with their
Even after being thoroughly tricked time and time again they practically throw themselves into the thresher. Luckily Geralt’s sarcasm and gallows humour are always there to cut through their idiocy. His utter frustration with their incompetency is one of the best parts of this issue, they continually bumble about until he verbally explodes on them.
The Vulpess’ constant trickery does become tiresome by the end, especially after she begins to recycle her methods. This isn’t as big of an issue as it could be because of the ending of the issue. There’s enough interesting twists and reveals to keep the story interesting going forward. The whole crew are in significantly worse shape by the end so things’ll intriguing next issue.
While the Vulpess’ tricks are beginning to wear thin every other aspect of the story is strong enough that it’s easily overlookable. Tobin has the world and characters down pat now, this is an authentical witcher story through and through. If you’ve been enjoying The Witcher 3 I’d highly recommend this series.