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Heroic Fantasy Comic Book
written by Ron Marz (and then, after 24 issues, Ian Edginton) and illustrated by Greg Land. The story is set in a
Standard Fantasy Setting
which is beset by a
, Mordath, who came
back from the dead
. It follows the journey of two archers, Arwyn and Gareth, who are accompanied by Arwyn's dog, Kreeg, and helped by a mysterious sorceress, Neven. They must find the five fragments of an arrow that once killed Mordath to end his rule once and for all, while they are ceaselessly chased by Mordath's trolls.
is also part of
's Sigilverse. Unfortunately, after 35 issues (including a prequel), it was cancelled due to
's bankcrupcy in 2004.
This Comic Book Contains Examples Of: All Trolls Are Different: They make up Mordath's army. They are green-skinned with glowing eyes and sometimes horns sprouting from their heads. Always Chaotic Evil: Interestingly, averted with the trolls. Sure, they are not the nicest bunch of the Five Lands, but they are shown to care about their family members, they are loyal to their lords, and they were also the victims of Fantastic Racism before Mordath. Anti-Hero: Gareth is a Type II. Anti-Villain: Bohr, the troll captain. He is the leader of the pursuing trolls, yet he is not fond of unnecessary violence, is loyal and determined, and loves his family. Archer Archetype: Both Arwyn and Gareth. Came Back Worse: Mordath. He was a megalomanical tyrant already before his death. Now he is an Undead Dark Lord with the very same goals and a worse attitude. The Chosen One: Arwyn, who can wield Ayden's arrow. Cool Sword: The Dawn Sword. The Corruption: Inverted. Originally, the sigils are neutral symbols, the good part balancing the evil part; however, Mordath's malice changed that symbol into one with two evil parts. Deadpan Snarker: Gareth has his moments. Dirty Coward: Francis, the thief. Disney Death: Gareth Doomed Hometown: Arwyn's town. Enemy Mine: Arwyn and Gareth find an unlikely alliance with a dragon against Mordath. Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bohr. Even if this means to . Mercy Kill her Evil-Detecting Dog: Kreeg. Eyepatch of Power: Gareth has one. Fanservice: Mild examples here and there. Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Five Lands: Middelyn is medieval England, Ankhar is Ancient Egypt, Oudubai is medieval Middle East, Skarnhime is Scandinavia during the time of Vikings, while Grinbor is arguably based on the wild parts of medieval Eastern Europe. Five Races: Besides humans, the trolls are Stouts, the winged Ankharans are High Men, the insect-like Urnethi are the Fairies, while arguably the original snow trolls were Cutes. Giant Spiders: The mounts of the Urnethi. Gotta Catch Them All: The five fragments, of course. Handicapped Badass: Gareth has only one eye, but that does not prevent him from being the best archer in the world. Insectoid Aliens: The Urnethi. La Résistance: Arwyn and Gareth meet one in Ankar. Lean and Mean: Mordath, after he came back from the death. Before that, he was more of a Hunk, which just accentuates what he lost from his once self. Loveable Rogue: Gareth MacGuffin: The five fragments of Ayden's arrow. Mummy: A winged one in Ankhar. Our Elves Are Better: The haughty Ankharans fill that niche. Our Fairies Are Different: The little guys who guard and carve the Glade of Heroes. Playing with Fire: Mordath's ability. Power Trio: Punch Clock Villain: Most of the trolls. Proud Warrior Race: The Ankharans. The Quest: To find the fragments of the arrow killed Mordath. Rage Against the Mentor: Neven is quite aloof, does not like telling her motives, and the team can only rely on her if every other hope is lost. Arwyn calls her out because of this. Rape, Pillage, and Burn: While the first part is rather implicit, the trolls show a great fondness of human and Ankharan women. Arwyn also warns a young girl that they are prone to do "nasty things." Red Eyes, Take Warning: Mordath's eyes always glow red when he is upset or uses his powers. Revenge: Arwyn's motivation to bring down Mordath. Revenge Before Reason: Arwyn, at the very beginning of the story. Sense Loss Sadness: It comes with being an Undead. Shout-Out: Mordath's troll majordomo is called " Halk." Stuffed into the Fridge: Gender-flipped. It is Arwyn's husband and, well, her daughter who die. (It is also worth mentioning that the term was coined after one of Ron Marz's Green Lantern stories.) Team Pet: Kreeg Troperiffic: Just look at half of the examples. Then, if they do not convince you, look the other half. However, the story is so good that it avoids being a mere Cliché Storm. Winged Humanoid: The Ankharans. You Have Failed Me: Mordath is not the most forgiving boss...even though he can be more lenient, provided you are one of his most competent men.