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Dragon Age: Those Who Speak

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AuthorDavid Gaider, Alexander Freed
PublisherDark Horse Comics
IllustratorChad Hardin
Issue Number3
Release Date2012-01-01
Number of Pages32
Original TitleDragon Age: Those Who Speak
Comics Issue NameDragon Age: Those Who Speak
Country of OriginUnited States
Publisher Website URLhttps://www.darkhorse.com/
Dragon Age: Those Who Speak follows one of Theda's most enigmatic characters, King Alistair, as he journeys beyond the walls of Ferelden to uncover the truth behind his father's disappearance. Accompanied by his allies Varric and Isabella, they traverse treacherous lands and face unknown setbacks, driven by the hope of finding answers. Expanding on the award-winning Dragon Age universe, this richly illustrated comic series reveals an original story of duty, danger and unexpected alliances. Fans and newcomers alike will be captivated by a complex story that delves into the heart of political intrigue and tests the power of unlikely friendships under extreme circumstances.


Dragon Age: Those Who Speak explores the unconventional yet fascinating thread of the popular Dragon Age series. The story follows the beloved characters - King Alistair, Varic Tethras and the pirate queen Isabella - on an adventurous escape through the Teds. Alistair embarks on this journey to uncover the truth about his origins, but it is far from a simple search for his heritage.
The trio venture into dangerous areas, face great dangers, stumble upon dark secrets and face deadly enemies. Their adventures take them deep into the Tevinter Empire, known for its corruption and dark past, revealing horrific stories of blood magic and involvement in the forbidden/occult arts. In addition to personal missions and gruesome combat sequences, this visual story also provides an insightful social commentary depicting slavery in Tevinter society. The comic explores sensitive themes of sacrifice, destiny, and freedom, and proves to be an engaging read for both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the Dragon Age universe.
Dragon Age: Those Who Speak is a brilliant blend of suspense, action-packed sequences, visceral dramatic storytelling and fascinating character arcs. It's not just a comic, but an exciting journey through the world of Dragon Age, offering a deep dive into unfamiliar and hostile areas. With its vivid illustrations and fast-paced plot, the comic successfully contributes to the rich history of the Dragon Age series.


In Dragon Age: The Speakers, the story picks up where Dragon Age: The Silent Grove left off. King Alistair, Varric Tethras and the elf hunter Isabela set sail for the uninhabited island of Sahava. Their mission is to deal with the elusive, who have disturbing knowledge of King Alistair's past. The journey becomes dangerous due to unexpected enemies and dangerous seas; however, the group remains unmoved and continues on the dirt paths. The comic reveals Alistair's hidden origins and inner struggle with the ghosts of his past. The story is cleverly woven into the larger story of Dragon Age, adding to its grandeur and complexity. Readers experience a multi-layered and complex story characterized by charming dialogue and unpredictable plot twists.


“The development of Dragon Age: Those Who Speak represents the efforts of the creative team at Dark Horse Comics in collaboration with BioWare. The phenomenal director is David Gaider, lead writer on the Dragon Age series, along with fellow writers Alexander Freed and Chad Hardin. Their synergistic efforts created the perfect narrative landscape that made the transition from video games to comic book series. The illustrations are superbly rendered by Carmine di Giandomenico, whose detailed sketches encompass the dark and lush fantasy world of Dragon Age. Strong character development, complex storylines, and vivid graphics truly capture the spirit of the Dragon Age universe. The portrayal of the main characters Alistair, Isabela, and Varric was solid and faithful to the game series, successfully extending the gaming experience into the comics as well. Rounding out the ensemble is a breathtaking color rendering by Michael Atiyeh, whose work enhanced the nuances of the Dragon Age universe. The publisher's decision to create The Speaker as a three-part comic book series allowed for the development of the entire story and contributed to the comic's overall success among Dragon Age fans. Dragon Age: Those Who Speak is a testament to the successful fusion of video games and comic storytelling.


In Dragon Age: Those Who Speak, we follow the perilous journey of the heroic King Alistair as he embarks on a perilous mission into the heart of the Kunari lands. Accompanied by his stalwart companions - the seductive and mysterious Isabella and the perceptive Variks Tetras - Alistair sets out to uncover the sinister truth behind his father's disappearance. Written by Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider, it features adorable art by Chad Hardin.
"Those Who Speak" showcases the richness and depth of the Dragon Age universe. Existing fans will love the opportunity to immerse themselves in the story of the saga, while new fans will find it an accessible and immersive entry into this immersive fantasy world. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the games, a devoted follower of the novels, or just a fan of the game's big, character-driven narrative, this comic is an essential addition to your Dragon Age collection. Prepare to be drawn into a world full of intrigue, adventure and danger. Wherever King Alistair's journey leads, one thing's for sure: Dragon Age: Those Who Speak will leave readers gasping as they wait to see where their next danger takes them.


Dragon Age: The Talking One entered the comic book world in 2012. August 22 It acts as a deep mediator, bridging the gap between Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Inquisition. This comic series follows the journey of King Alistair, accompanied by Varric Tethras and Isabela, to hunt down his father. Those Who Speak enhances the Dragon Age story, revealing Alistair's story of personal revelations and dangerous encounters, offering readers an immersive Dragon Age experience. Published by Dark Horse Comics and the creative product of writers David Gaider and Alexander Freed along with artist Chad Hardin, this series spans the rich history of the Dragon Age universe. The characters and the world they live in come to life with detailed illustrations and compelling storylines. Whether you're a seasoned veteran of the series or new to the world of Dragon Age, The Speaker is an enticing comic addition that effortlessly blends narrative and visuals to create a fantastically immersive journey.


Dragon Age: Those Who Speak received mostly positive reviews from critics and fans alike. The rich tapestry of history taken straight from the foundation of the critically acclaimed Dragon Age video games has been seamlessly woven into the comic book series, creating a fully immersive experience. Familiar game characters were skillfully presented in real life, while new characters were introduced in depth.
The complex story has been praised for its strong continuity in the Dragon Age universe. The comic delves into the story of King Alistair and his journey, which is central to the games. Fans appreciated this deep dive into Alistair's past and the emotional arc his character went through. Critics agreed that the thoughtful exploration of established characters allowed readers to better understand the universe.
Designed by Carmen Carnero, the artwork has been consistently praised for its detail and depiction of Dragon Age's unique aesthetic. Otherworldly landscapes, mystical creatures and detailed costumes became a visual treat for readers. Critics have praised it as a compelling visual narrative that perfectly complements the narrative. However, the comic was not without its critics. Some fans were disappointed that the series didn't deliver all the news they were hoping for. Others noted that the pacing was uneven, causing the story to slow down at times. Despite receiving little critical acclaim, Dragon Age: The Ones That Talk has proven to be a successful sequel to the comic book world's favorite video game franchise.

Cultural impact

Since its release, Dragon Age: Those Who Speak has made a huge cultural impact, especially among fans of the Dragon Age franchise. One of the most memorable aspects of this comic series is its exploration of complex themes such as power, morality, and the gray areas of good and evil. It has managed to provide a deeper understanding of the universe, characters, and history of the fantasy world, sparking thoughtful debate and interpretation among fans. The series also introduced a new standard for storytelling in video game extras, proving that they can be more than just promotional tie-ins, but valuable extensions of the game world. The cultural impact was further enhanced by increasing the portrayal of unique characters, captivating fans outside of the game, and redefining perspectives on relationships and personalities within the Dragon Age universe. That's why Dragon Age: Those Who Speak remains an iconic part of the franchise's legacy, highlighting the depth and richness of its story and setting.