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The Guild #1

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The Guild #1

Credits

  • Words: Felicia Day
  • Art: Jim Rugg
  • Colors: Dan Jackson
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Mar 24, 2010

The Guild is a new comic book based on a web show of the same name.  Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the show, though.  Although there are plenty of inside jokes and references for existing fans, you don’t need to be a follower to enjoy this book. 

This new series serves as a prequel to the webisodes.  It shows readers how the main character, Cyd, an odd yet lovable girl gets introduced to the game that her life would come to revolve around.   Writer Felicia Day, who plays Cyd, does a good job bringing us into Cyd’s world and makes us understand how her personality and circumstances in her life lead to her addiction. 

From the first page we can tell that Cyd is shy and awkward, which makes it easy for people around her to treat her like a doormat.  Her boyfriend neglects her and puts her down.  Her job is unsatisfying and depressing, and her odd nature, which compels her to dress in costumes, alienates her and makes her the object of ridicule.  She’s unhappy but finds comfort in reading a fantasy novel series called “Codex."  Throughout the story, Cyd searches for ways to better her life, but it’s not until she discovers the game and escapes further into fantasy that she finds the happiness she’s been looking for. 

At first, the characters in this story come across as too unrealistic.  Their personalities seem over the top, and their actions feel  cartoonish.  But, along the way it becomes clear why this is necessary.  Day does a great job of establishing the cast in this first issue.  Each character’s personality is distinct and vivid, which is what you want in an introductory book.  The reader gets a strong picture of Cyd’s life, which helps us immerse ourselves in her world and relate to her dilemmas. 

The only slightly disappointing part was the ending.  Cyd’s selfish boyfriend, Trevor appears and literally tells her that he’s going to pick her brains and have his way with her as he pushes her aside.  While the characters and their behaviors throughout the book are by no means subtle, the intended ideas are still ultimately up to the reader to decipher  -- Trevor’s words and actions there were too blatant.  By this point, I felt like the reader was already well acquainted with the dynamic of Cyd and Trevor’s relationship and the frankness of Trevor’s words was a bit out of character. 

All in all, though, the book was a fun read, with relatable characters and great setups for further character development.  Jim Rugg’s art is solid and his style fits the story well.  It will be interesting to see how the Cyd in the comic goes on to become the Cyd in the webseries.

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