Written by Felicia Day
Art by Jim Rugg
The shift from (flat)screen to panel can and has eluded many, and with celebs making comics left and right it stands to reason that a Guild mini was more of an inevitability then a necessity. However, actress and creator Felicia Day brings the web series to the format with a preparedness that puts all those vanity projects to shame.
Spinning from the web series of the same name, The Guild graphic novel details the never-before-seen origin of the “The Knights of Good” and reintroduces the cast of characters with their amusing idiosyncrasies intact. Heading up this clan of confusion is Cyd Sherman (naturally), a struggling classical musician whose desperation makes her a regular with the couch sessions. Dismissed by everyone and looking for some direction, Sherman stumbles upon the realm of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Instantly, Cyd is hooked and she quickly discovers that the fantasy of MMORPGs allows her the confidence and interpersonal skills denied her in real life.
In a book that flip flops from reality to fantasy at the will of the characters, artist Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac) has a tough time keeping up with the shifts in worlds. I applauded Ruggs work on the Dr. Horrible GN for managing to transform flesh and blood actors to the printed page and here he’s just as valuable. However, when the characters transform from weaklings to warriors the art seems a little too stiff for the fantasy realm. This wouldn’t be so apparent if the epic artwork of Conan artist Cary Nord didn’t prettify one of the covers.
Written by Felicia Day (who — has to be said — may have replaced Alyson Hannigan as geekdom’s #1 sweetheart), The Guild GN makes an interesting argument in support of online gaming. Day eschews conventional thinking by presenting the RPG as an alternative form of acceptance and socialization. When Sherman (played by Day on the show) ignores her psychologist’s concerns about substituting her problems with escapism, Cyd seems a bit better off because of it. Yet, Day isn’t blind to the fact that keeping your head in the clouds can/will destroy your judgment, and so she wisely puts her geek flag down for momentary slaps of reality and humorous repercussions. The end result is a book with enough entertainment value that could’ve easily supplied an entire season of the show, making this perfect for fans and Noobs alike.