Surprising back story and entertaining character development.
Geralt's role almost feels anti-climactic. No time for more interesting story threads to be explored further
Rating ( 8.0 )
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The Witcher #5 is the conclusion to the series that has Geralt investigating the strange occurrences at the Glass House deep in the Black Forest. It opens up with Geralt reaching the top floor in the house where he discovers a disturbing image on a new stained glass appearing out of nowhere, and he discovers a body as well. He’s interrupted by Marta who claims she means him no harm, however he refuses to put his weapon away although he agrees to listen to her story. It’s already been established that she’s not a Bruxa and he inquires about her true nature, and she tells him she’s cursed just like the house. They discuss what Jakob told him and then she tells Geralt how they met, the issues they had throughout their marriage and Jakob’s view of it. She recounts the fateful night that led to her current situation and the anger she has felt ever since. She offers Geralt immense riches from the travelers who were killed in the area and she wants him to kill Jakob. Can Geralt do it knowing the betrayal behind Jakob’s lies or is he forbidden as a Witcher to make a deal with a monster?
The Witcher #5 is a satisfying issue that brings a conclusion to Jakob and Marta’s tale but leaves other threads wanting as a result of certain story developments not taking place until this issue as opposed to earlier in the series. Even though some aspects were obvious a couple of issues ago some developments were still surprising and entertaining. And the artwork by Joe Querio is at its best when the twisted natures of the characters shine through among other things. If you’re a Witcher fan or enjoy fantasy elements mixed with intrigue then you might want to consider this series if you have patience on skip some middle issues. I just wish it was more eventful throughout.
Release Date: 7/15/14
Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist: Joe Querio