Let me tell you, I am so excited to review this comic. The Dishonored franchise has to be one of my absolute favorite game series of all time. And now, Titan has come out with a new comic book titled Dishonored: The Peeress and the Price that continues the story. This particular issue is Chapter One of the two comic series and was released on September 27, 2017.
All is not well in Dunwall, ladies and gentlemen. After trying to rebuild the city for the third time, Empress Emily Kaldwin and her father, the Spymaster Corvo Attano, are facing a new threat.
Seriously, can’t a girl get a break?
Written by Michael Moreci, the story opens with a quick recap of the events in both Dishonored and Dishonored 2. I’ve played through both games so this was already familiar to me but I thought it was a nice touch for those who haven’t. And this is where the fun begins.
Emily and her father Corvo interrupt the nobleman Archibald Wainwright as he leads a public rally against the throne. Before they can complete their conversation, however, a messenger interrupts with urgent news that draws the Empress and Spymaster away. It seems a gang of rat-faced men, led by a mysterious woman, are slaughtering the rebuilding crews. The pair must stop her before she destroys the city.
Andrea Olimpieri’s artwork in Dishonored: The Peeress and the Price is absolutely lovely. I loved the depth of field in the panels. The slightly blurred background contrasts nicely against the crisp figures in the foreground. It lends a great effect to the experience, especially since it also affects the perception of light. In addition, I liked the difference in the panel edges between combat and non-combat scenes. They’re ragged during combat scenes and clean-lined the rest of the time. It’s a small detail but one I really appreciated.
It goes without saying, though, that part of the credit for the lighting effects should go to Mattia Iacono who choose a spectacular color palette. Each panel is colored in a way that supports its action. For example, during the confrontation with Wainwright, one panel focuses on the crowd as they shout at Emily to go back to her palace. The entire scene is a vivid shade of red, showing the agitation the nobleman has stirred up against the monarchy. Another panel showing a flashback of Delilah Copperspoon from Dishonored 2 is awash with striking purples emphasizing her power. Her violent side (and likely her social ambition) is denoted by the red roses around her shoulders.
Again, I loved the Dishonored games. It was a treat to see Emily’s story continue and I’m looking forward to reading issue #2. Thankfully, that’s on my list next!
Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Andrea Olimpieri
Colorist: Mattia Iacono
Lettering: Jim Campbell
Source – Titan Comics
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