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Dark Souls Year 1: Omnibus, The Breath of Andolus #1-4

Dark Souls Year 1: Omnibus, The Breath of Andolus #1-4

Set in a land where abandoned survivors, dragons, monsters, traitors, and the dead fight to claim what little is left of the world, the fate of what could be is in the hands of one heroine. Plagued with a curse that distorts her memories, Fira must trust her instincts if she wants to save her land-and stay alive. Based on the best-selling PC and console games, Dark Souls Year 1: Omnibus, The Breath of Andolus follows Fira and her journey, which begins on September 25, 2018.

PLOT

“With the dawning of man came the dawning of the undying…a thousand lifetimes rising and returning to the soil. But death soon abandoned the people, leaving nothing but decay to hold its stead.”George Mann

Known as the land of Ishra, it once flourished during the Age of Fire, until man itself brought death and destruction with their greed and selfish intentions. Desperate to save what’s left of her land, as well as her kin, Fira takes a dangerous and unpredictable journey across the desolate wasteland in search of what must be killed so that order can once again be restored.

Joining Fira on her quest to right the world is a scryer named Aldrich. Unable to rely on her memories of the past, Fira is often uncertain about the present and future, forcing her to trust the information Aldrich tells her.

Fearless, brave, and a natural-born warrior, Fira has managed to survive this long through sheer iron will. Outliving the vast majority of the world’s population, we know Fira has it in her to trust what is true, what is right, and what must be done. Among the obstacles that will get in her way and test her include relentless skeletons seeking revenge and life, foes possessing mastery in the art of trickery and illusion, hoards of monster spiders, and, among other things, a dragon that is the key to salvation, once it’s been slain.

Oh, and someone went a put a Groot look-alike among the many demonic foes Fira faces.

I don’t know many things, but I do know this-this is not my Groot. All is fine, though, because with Fira on the front line, we only have to deal with the Groot imposter but for so long. Unfortunately for Fira, though, one dead foe after another only brings her closer to the ultimate battle that will either restore life back into the world, or take the one life humanity is relying on, leaving behind nothing and no one to see the world meet its end.

Artwork & Layout

Filled with abundant graphics that are seeped in various reds, blues, and oranges, Alan Quah does not disappoint with his imagery. Strengthening an already intriguing storyline, the graphics make for an even more compelling reading experience of a beloved game.

Final Thoughts

The Breath of Andolus is the first of four volumes within Omnibus. So, good news for all of us: we have three more volumes with multiple issues of each. Even better news: the entirety of Dark Souls Year One: Omnibus is 281 pages. Wait. Calm down, what’s wrong? What? 281 pages isn’t that long! Considering The Breath of Andolus, Issues 1-4 were a total of 60 pages, you’re gonna be ok.

Jeez. Save the drama for September 25, 2018.

Writer: George Mann

Artist: Alan Quah

Colors: Komikaki Studio feat. Norah Khor & Sean Lee TLC

Lettering: Rob Steen

Editor: Tom Williams

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