After two months, the second installment of Pathfinder is upon us. The first issue introduced us to a Lord of the Rings like world, with a hint of Thor. Longtime and new fans alike could enjoy it thanks to the fun characters and easy to follow story. It isn’t a thought provoking or deep series, just a fun fantasy comic with elves and goblins alike. It’s refreshing to read a comic with a simple but fun story with witty dialogue. The second issue of Pathfinder improves upon everything and is one of the most fun comics I’ve read in awhile.
Here’s the official description from Dynamite:
Goblins chew, goblins fight! Goblins cut, goblins bite! The goblins of Varisia sing twisted songs as their blood boils with ferocious rage and mystic power. Valeros and his companions may discover the forces behind thegoblin tribes’ newfound strength, but stopping it is another matter entirely. Paizo’s incredible award-winning fantasy world, fiction line and tabletop RPG is now the ultimate fantasy comic from Dynamite!
Goblins! We get a lot of these guys in this issue. The opening battle with our heroes and these guys was pretty fun and brutal. Writer Jim Zub’s dialogue is what carries the comic, it’s light-hearted and often the character interactions are funny. These are a diverse bunch, yet they work so well together. Each of the characters get to have a little moment defining how they’re going to be in future issues. One of my personal favorite scenes was when Kyra jumped to attack the bad guys’ religious ceremony because of how hideous the perversion of faith was. What I like is that all of the main cast are likable, you can’t really dislike any of them, they all have a charm. Everyone brings something to the table.
Art wise, can’t complain. Andrew Huerta does a marvelous job with the goblins, making them extremely demonic. The art really brings the fights alive with its exaggerated facial expressions. All the covers have nice detail put in. In the end of the issue, we are introduced to what looks be the antagonist of the story. Now with an official villain established, this series is going to get even better.
Overall, Pathfinder #2 is one blast of a comic. It’s not meant to convey any themes or anything, it’s just a fun World of Warcraft like story. That doesn’t mean it’s just some mindless action thing, cause that’s the wrong idea. It’s smart, it’s pretty much what you want to read after a long day. With this issue, I can safely recommend Pathfinder as a grade A title.