I admit to being really excited when Avalon: The Warlock Diaries was released. It was the first new Avalon story outside of the main series, and it came with a new short story (“Legend of the LAOA”). The whole English-language manga format, though … I was kinda hesitant about it. Maybe it was because I don’t like the make-everything-look-like-manga trend.
At least the story is pretty decent, even if the party kinda seems out of character. And by out of character, I don’t mean like Adriane suddenly became a girly-girl and Emily grew a pair. In this case, I mean that the party is still working together as a unit like they did for three-quarters of the series. Semi-spoiler: in Dark Mage, you discover that the party hasn’t hung out together for almost a month because everyone’s still pissed at Kara for amplifying Zach’s spells without his permission. So how exactly do they settle their differences long enough for this adventure to happen?
It’s kinda hard to figure out Jewel Riders references for this story. The entire second part is essentially “Love Struck”, since the new token male party member accidentally gets most of the girls to fall in love with him. And there’s an image of Avalon in the third part, and it looks exactly like the Crystal Palace. I’d appreciate some help figuring out connections here.
As for covers, well … I use the covers from the initial release of Warlock Diaries as the banner image on my site. I’m not a fan of the artwork, though, because it looks too generic-manga for my tastes. And I think that the artist has no idea how to draw Lyra or Dreamer. The omnibus edition of Warlock Diaries looks a lot better, though. But I guess that’s because Allison Strom did this cover, and I like the work she’s done for the series so far. She even has this little entry showing other prototype cover designs for the omnibus, which is an interesting read.
What to expect in this book:
- A new token male party member!
- Kara trying her hardest to get a date!
- Lots of Magic Missiles!
- More thinking with portals!
- A new Be*Tween song!
Next time: Part 1, in which a Token Male Character joins the party.
Credit where it’s due: all images from the official Avalon site.