Curse of the Worgen
is a five-part comic miniseries explaining the background and specifics of World of Warcraft
's Worgen Curse
. It was written by Micky Neilson and James Waugh, and drawn/colored by Ludo Lullabi and Tony Washington.Curse of the Worgen
primarily follows Halford Ramsey, a famous Gilnean detective in charge of investigating a rash of brutal murders known as the 'Starlight Slasher' murders. His searches lead him to discover the age-old legend of the Worgen Curse. The comic also touches in with characters from the in-game worgen starting zone as they deal with the beginnings of the zone's events.
Curse of the Worgen contains examples of:
- Ascended Extra: In-game, Belrysa Starbreeze is a quest giver who appears briefly in the Worgen starting zone and, later on, she can be found as a priest trainer in Darnassus. Curse of the Worgen has her as a main character and explains much of her background.
- The Atoner: Belrysa Starbreeze.
- Backstory: A good 80-90% of the comic consists of this.
- It also explains why there are Night elves in Gilneas in the starting zone experience though not why they brought an army with them.
- Big "NO!": Belysra when Arvell is killed by a Legion demon's axe.
- Clothing Damage: Unlike in the source material, transforming into a Worgen results in one's clothes getting completely torn off. Near the end, Worgen with their clothes intact appear, though.
- Deadpan Snarker: Halford has his moments.
Halford: Pay attention to these words, Cox, for you will rarely, if ever, hear them again: You are correct.
- Enemy Within: The Worgen curse for Halford as well as Genn Graymane.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: Ralaar starts out looking like your average Night Elf, but by the time he has become the Alpha of the Druids of The Pack, he's a hulking mass of muscle and Wild Hair with a permanent Slasher Smile plastered across his face. And then he becomes Alpha Prime...
- Expy: Halford is this to Sherlock Holmes. At first.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Ralaar, and all the Druids of the Pack by extension.
- Jerkass: Godfrey. Overlaps with Fantastic Racism.
- Ms. Exposition: Belrysa. Alpha Prime also serves as a less-unbiased form of this.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Malfurion after Arvell's death. Ralaar calls him out on it.
Ralaar: (to Belrysa) Let Malfurion tend to the corpse his wise choices have created.
- Belrysa has a similar realization when Alpha Prime, formerly Ralaar, attacks Malfurion after they have torn a Legion fortress to the ground. Bonus points for using what must be the Night Elven counterpart of the Trope Namer expression.
- Not Quite Dead: Darius Crowley.
- Not So Different: Belrysa attempts this with Alpha Prime, by telling him that Malfurion himself tried out the Pack Form once but was equally unable to control it. Unfortunately, this only makes Alpha Prime call his old mentor a hypocrite.
- Say My Name: MALFURION STORMRAAAAAAGE!
- That Man Is Dead: Ralaar would like to remind Malfurion that...
"There is no more Ralaar... there is only Alpha Prime!!!"
- The Spock: Halford displays shades of this.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: Genn's relationship with Liam has this in spades.