I am still a season behind on the amazingly funny webseries The Guild. Anything Felicia Day touches turns to gold – and she’s so damn likable you can’t even be jealous. The jump into graphic novels worked really well and I hope there’ll be much more where this came from.
published: 04 July 2012
copy: ARC from Dark Horse Comics
my rating: 8,5/10
Synopsis: 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” ofThe Guild! Collects the one-shots The Guild: Vork, The Guild: Tink, The Guild: Bladezz, The Guild: Clara, and The Guild: Zaboo.
What I thought: Get your geek on! This collection tells each Guildie’s story leading up right to the beginning of season 1. We discover surprising depths in Vork’s character, the true extent of Clara’s brainlessness (in a very lovable way) and encounter Zaboo’s scary mother. You can tell that Felicia Day and her co-creators didn’t just want to do more of the webshow in comic form. The references to popculture, video games, movies and literature are numerous and laugh-out-loud.
They also played around with the medium, using it to its greatest advantage. We get a couple of in-comic games (great fun!) and scenes drawn in the style of popular video games. I don’t want to spoil the hilarious surprise so you’ll just have to read it yourselves. I was chuckling incessantly while reading this.
While every part – one for each character – is drawn by a different artist and I liked some better than others, they are all beautiful and render the characters well. Some stay more true to what the actors look like, others took a more comic-y approach, but they all worked.
Having actually seen The Guild may have been a bonus because I kept hearing the actors’ voices in my head and knowing what this crazy story leads up to makes it that much more hilarious. But I believe this graphic novel would be just as funny read as a stand-alone. Even though you probably won’t be able to stop after that. Thank goodness for more graphic novels and, of course, the amazing webseries. Make sure to check out Geek & Sundry where you can watch each uninterrupted season of The Guild and discover more geek goodness from Felicia Day, Wil Wheton, Sword & Laser’s Tom and Veronica, and Dark Horse motion comics (awesome, anyone?).
With a graphic novels, credit should go where credit is due:
writers: Felicia Day, Jeff Lewis, Sean Becker, Kim Evey, Sandeep Parikh
penciller: Darick Robertson, Kristian Donaldson, Ron Chan, Becky Cloonan, Tim Seeley
inker: Ron Chan, Becky Cloonan
colorist: Dave Stewart
cover: Georges Jeanty
THE GOOD: Hilarious stories, great art, and references to make any nerd’s day.
THE BAD: Really? It’s The fucking Guild… they have yet to take a misstep.
THE VERDICT: Recommended to everyone and anyone who is not opposed to the idea of fun.
RATING: 8,5/10 Pure nerdgasm