Villordsutch reviews Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone #2…
The adventure continues in part two of Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone! The Vault Hunters know that saving Fyrestone means a confrontation with Nine Toes. To succeed they’ll need to enlist the help of a reclusive, quirky blind man. Fan favorite TK Baha makes his comic debut! The action heats up and things get complicated for our heroes in the continuation of this four-part story! Claptrap and TK Baha in the same issue? It’s almost too much awesome to handle!
I’m a fan of the Borderlands game series on the Xbox 360 (it’s on other platforms too). I’m not overly great at it, but I struggle on and appreciate the time spent and most of all the I love the rather nasty humour littered throughout the game as I snipe my way through every nook and cranny attempting to find the bazillion guns via the numerous quests scattered across Pandora (the planet Borderlands 1 & 2 is set upon). If you haven’t given it a go I’d recommend it whole-heartedly – that and finding Claptrap and hanging around him for his words of wisdom he dribbles out of his metallic mouth.
This comic manages to capture rather well the feel of the and look of the Borderlands world. Choosing not to mimic the original gaming art exactly, Agustin Padilla and the colours from Esther Sanz have delivered a good-looking Pandora and group that you will recognise from the your gaming life. The story is handled by Mikey Neumann and the original Borderlands gamers out there will recognise it straight away as an early quest within the game. Very briefly the group needs a vehicle, go to T.K. Baha who can help them get a vehicle and tells the group about losing his wife to a Skag called Scar. You’re quested with killing Scar and in return T.K. will give you the information. We’re given both T.K.’s and Rolly’s back-story in amongst this quest, but essentially we see the group complete the quest.
The comic has the feeling of a free comic that accompanies a special edition game release, which would give you a taste of the world you’re about to enter. There is nothing overly tragic about this comic, but at the same time there is nothing overly great about it too; it just has the feeling like somebody has sat and watched a group complete an uneventful quest. With comics like the fantastic Rat Queens around the corner, gaming comics really need to have the gamer sense of humour at the right level and this doesn’t. Borderlands the game has the brilliant humour and a great entertaining story that runs through it, so I’m unsure why the Borderlands comic can’t either..?
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