*ahem* Had enough of the Olde English? Fair enough, then. For the sake of the sanity of all of you who are actually taking the time to read this humble piece of mine, the remainder shall be written in the vernacular ;)
Just when you thought that The Guild comics could not get any better, Guild creator--a multi-talanted and genuinely wonderful person--Felicia Day has partnered up with none other than Wil Wheaton (geek extraordinaire and general, all-round nice guy) to create a one-shot centered around none other than Wheaton's recurring character in The Guild web-series--the dashing and chronically douchey Fawkes!
You remember him don't you? The sexy, bad-boy gamer to which Felicia Day's character of Cyd is chronically drawn? Like Batman and Catwoman, there is a genuine attraction between the two, and yet they can never truly be together because they go together like caramel and anchovies.
But don't go thinking that this one-shot installment is going to be along the same lines as the other one-shots in the series.
Unlike the other Guild comics (distributed by the comic book powerhouse, Dark Horse Comics) which were origin pieces--basically a behind the scenes, getting-to-know-you with the various characters that constitute the Knights of Good--this particular installment actually takes place within the timeline of the series that we all know and love.
Due to come out on May 23rd of this year, this installment promises to be an amazing addition to the awesomeness that is The Guild.
"Set after season 4 of the show, this issue reveals how Fawkes deals with his split from Codex and navigates the aggressive personalities of the Axis, and follows his journey to his surprising state when he returns in season 5!"Seriously...was anyone else surprised by Fawkes' sudden appearance in Season 5? I sure as heck didn't see it coming, and that made it all the more pleasant of a surprise. That's right, I'm not ashamed to admit that I was openly looking for Fawkes all throughout Season 5. Why? Because he's an awesome character as well the perfect foil for Cyd.
Now, what makes this particular one-shot exceptionally worthy of waiting in line for on May 23rd? Oh, nothing...except for the tiny fact that this is the first time in which we will finally get to see Fawkes' in-game character! Seriously, how awesome is that? We also get more of a prolonged peek into the workings of the Axis of Anarchy whereas during the web-series, it was more of a passing glance.
"One thing I can say is that this is a much more Axis of Anarchy centered story than we've ever seen before, even for the show."Now, I don't know about you, my fellow fans...but I have been dying to see Fawkes' in-game character since he was first introduced into the series. After all, anyone who can control the likes of his rowdy (and that's putting it very mildly) guild members has to be a complete and total badass, both out of game as well as in the game...but mostly in-game, right? After all, in the face of so aggressive a crowd, dominance is the key to ensuring that you remain on top. Simply put, you need to be meaner and and more sly than those over which you hold dominion.
Suffice to say, I'm uber excited about this!
Not just because this installment promises a furthering of The Guild comics (while I do understand why there's such a long gap between their releases, that doesn't make the wait between the issues any easier to endure), but because for all his faults, Fawkes is a very complicated character that was only briefly touched upon in the series. You never really got a chance to see just what it is that makes him tick. What prompts him to be a complete and total douchebag (the scene in which he gets his jacket back from Cyd), one minute and then turn around and do something completely sincere (helping Cyd get to the creator of The Game) in the next? See what I mean? He's a complicated character.
But all of that aside, one simply can't deny that Fawkes is a sexy character who is both deserving of attention as well as long overdue for it. You don't believe me? Take a look at the picture (that was actually painted by a fan and presented to Felicia at a Con) below. Seriously...who can resist a man in a kilt? I know I can't...but that's probably my Scottish blood talking ;)
Believe me now?
Good! I knew you would ;)
Have you hugged your nerd today?