The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame is a packaged collection of four parts. This makes up one comic entry, and what’s somewhat of a light read. While the page quantity may be limited, this is actually a charming and well done standalone entry in the series. It follows Geralt as he sets out to help an old acquaintance.
This leads him to watching over the man’s daughter, and an old friend comes into the mix. This isn’t the core element of the narrative however as it ends up sending him and another individual to a far away land. This really does feel like a more intimate, and self-contained entry in the overall universe. I liked that, it had an overall narrative and it was conclusive in its nature. There was that charm you would have felt having played the games, light yet dark in its material.
There was of course some of that mystical hunting, references to the main series and a few surprises along the way. It’s always a treat to see what this franchise can bring, as these characters are very interesting and unique.
The copy I was sent was a soft cover, and a streamlined collection. It features a bright, distinct and somewhat tasteful in gore front cover. The page quantity feels limited, but there’s a lot of care and detail here. The frames are dense with content, many characters and it flows generally quite well.
The pages pop with colors, details and they come across as if they’re from the game. There’s a nice sense of movement within the pages, in regards to how the characters interact. You get to feel that powerful magical hunting being present, as Geralt is thrust into yet another wacky adventure with high stakes.
The The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame comic collection brings four parts, being a short yet solid read. I quite enjoyed this tale from the universe, and would really like to see more different entries in the future. There’s a lot of potential for additional spin-off stories as these tales could be quite entertaining. It keeps the spirit of the games, being based on it I believe. It flows well, but again could have been longer as this wasn’t a very lengthy read. It went by quick, I liked it, just desired more.
It did feel conclusive, an intimate tale that had some surprises and mystery to it. The art work was great, the dialogue was on point and generally I’m sure this will deliver a pleasant experience if you’re used to this take on The Witcher. I’m sure fans will like how Geralt is showcased, the hilarious duo partnership that is a fun surprise which shows up quick and of course the references to other aspects of this franchise.
The Witcher: Of Flesh and Flame Book Review
Author: Aleksandra Motyka
Review Copy Provided by Penguin Random House Canada