The Goblin Chronicles #1

2008 | Ape Entertainment

Created By: Troy Dye | Tom Kelesides
Writing: Troy Dye | Tom Kalesides
Art: Collin Fogel
Colour: Will Terrell
Letters: David Hedgecock

Reading through the beginning I have flashes of Warcraft III’s opening video. Humans fighting Orcs until a new enemy, born from the heavens rains death and despair upon the battlefield. Only this is slightly different. We have Elves and Orcs fighting endlessly until forced to set aside their infinite feud and stand together to battle the Host – winged demons that came to snatch away their leaders and carry them away to their masters.

Then we’re transported to a Goblin village and meet a young goblin named Gorim whose behaviors and interests are far from typical for his kind and aspires to be a Gadgeteer, much to his parents’ dismay. He knows the time when goblins were much more than the barbarians they have since become. But his father will have none of it and the poor lad is forced to become a hunter. If he doesn’t do his father proud, it’s off to the bombardier brigade which amounts to the same thing as a suicide bomber. While on his first hunt with his beast blaster gadget he and his friend Tinker made, he meets and befriends a troll, an enemy of the Goblins. They have a squabble with the shapeshifter kid and thief, Sprig, and an Elf Sorceress who also happens to be a princess comes to their aid. And thus our party is formed, lured by the magic of a royal mage, now a tree, and tells them they need to stop the Dark Queen.

It seemed a little rushed, and odd how these different characters came together, but I can write it off as the mage’s summons. We also get some history of the time when all the races were united, how the Dark Queen came to be, why the races are at war with each other, what the Host is, and the prophecy of her downfall. All is very interesting, but I’ve seen it all before.

This book is in full colour and the art isn’t bad, but the paint just looks a little messy, blurry, the lines dirty, and just kinda sketchy in some panels.

The characters are pretty typical. The only one I’m fond of is the Troll that verbalises all his thoughts and wonders how various things taste barbequed. But none of them really stand out or appeal to me. This just seems like any other fantasy story out there.

It also has more of a children’s story feel to it, only written in a way to add adult appeal. I’m just not sure how much I like this, if that’s the proper word. It’s all so mediocre. I picked up all three issues at once, so I’m stuck with it. Maybe it will rise above and break the mediocrity and predictability.


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