Pathfinder—Origins #1: Valeros (paizo.com Exclusive)

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Story by Erik Mona
Interior Art by Tom Garcia

An exciting new Pathfinder adventure begins! To prove themselves to the Pathfinder Society, Valeros the fighter and his companions must recount tales of their early exploits in a world beset by magic and evil. In this issue, Valeros crosses swords with the brazen barbarian Amiri when both serve as hired guards escorting a doomed caravan through the treacherous Bloodsworn Vale. Sword and sorcery thrills from Pathfinder publisher Erik Mona (Pathfinder: Goblins!) and art from rising star Tom Garcia (Mercy Thompson)!

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Great writing, great art, great extras!

*****

First the writing is much better than in the previous issues.
One can notice that someone who knows the universe and rules wrote it. Also Valeros and Amiri are kind of fun to listen to as the both lie a lot.

The art is also pretty good and shows many different situations.

The extra value part is great: You get an article about someone mentioned in the comic story and also a great mini flip-mat of an old temple with a mini-scenario and on the other side a poster of the "Pathfinder Unchained" cover.

Recommended


An Exciting Tale With A Few Unpleasant Flaws

***( )( )

The meat of this issue, the first of a new series, is quite excellent. There are clever twists, exciting battles, wicked magic and heroic fighters. The ending is ... well, unpleasant, as has been helpfully spoiled in another posted review here, but it opens up possibilities for more stories, which makes up for a lot.

The bigger problem is, the tale's framing story opens up with Sheila Heidmarch doing something extremely out of character and basically insulting the iconics to their faces. I really don't think that someone as clever about handling people as she is would do that, even if she did have her doubts about them. Surely there were better ways that the reader could have been reminded that these are somewhat disreputable people.

Still, it's a reasonably good start to the new series, and I look forward to next time.


A pleasant surprise!

****( )

While I have enjoyed some of the prior issues featuring these characters, I was very pleased with this one.

The writing was clean, the juxtaposition of the flashbacks as they are told verses what really happened as shown in the art was a nice touch and my favorite part. It wasn't perfect but then again, I was not looking for that.

In all it was fun and represented a complete tale. If you like the setting and the previous tales then you will assuredly enjoy this one.

At least, that's my opinion.


Valeros looks good in the spotlight

*****

I've been getting all the Pathfinder Comics as they've been coming out. I've enjoyed them all thoroughly, but this is the first one that's had me smiling page after page.

The story presented for Valeros is a perfect way to encapsulate his character. We even get a solid taste of Amiri in Origins #1, which is a welcome addition to the tale. I would have assumed both iconics to have a friendly, but competitive relationship, and the one presented in the comic supports and develops that. My other major praise has to be the dialogue. All of it is so in character and wholly entertaining. The one-liners delivered by Valeros alone had me chuckling. In addition, all of the minor jokes, both visual and written, all fit seemlessly within the larger story without detracting from its impact.

I hope the rest of these are as entertaining, and I look forward to the next installment.


Webstore Gninja Minion

Stabbin' all the things!


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But why is amiri on the cover?


Its when Amiri meets Valeros. Also they probably figured it would be a better lead in.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Maps, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I am looking forward to the next series set. Will it also me a six issue run or one issue per iconic? If it is limited, which six iconics will be featured? I just looked at the comics page and this will be a six issue run. Which six iconics will be featured? (Or, will there be more than one iconic per issue?) Will there be another series with the remaining iconics?

As an aside, does Dynamite Entertainment have any plans to offer pdf versions of their comics (and associated posters/maps) for sale? (I really like the posters and maps, but I don't much care for the creases the folding creates - it really detracts from the image when displayed.)

-Doomn


They have said it is two iconics per issue.


Is this part of the comic subscription?

Webstore Gninja Minion

Calex wrote:

Is this part of the comic subscription?

Yes, as the product description states.


D'OH! missed that. Sorry.

Paizo Employee Developer

Doomn wrote:

As an aside, does Dynamite Entertainment have any plans to offer pdf versions of their comics (and associated posters/maps) for sale? (I really like the posters and maps, but I don't much care for the creases the folding creates - it really detracts from the image when displayed.)

They're not PDF format, but Dynamite does offer Pathfinder comics (along with their other titles) digitally through Comixology.

Dark Archive

According to the Dynamite Entertainment site issue 1 is out february 4th.

Issue 1: An exciting new Pathfinder adventure begins! To prove themselves to the Pathfinder Society, Valeros the fighter and his companions must recount tales of their early exploits in a world beset by magic and evil. In this issue, Valeros crosses swords with the brazen barbarian Amiri when both serve as hired guards escorting a doomed caravan through the treacherous Bloodsworn Vale. Sword and sorcery thrills from Pathfinder publisher Erik Mona (Pathfinder: Goblins!) and art from rising star Tom Garcia (Mercy Thompson)! Contains pull-out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter!

issue 2 features Kyra: To prove herself to the legendary Pathfinder Society, the holy warrior Kyra recounts a tale of heroism from her youth in the distant land of Qadira. When a village of desert ratfolk is massacred, only Kyra and the paladin Seelah are willing to take up their cause and hunt down the bloodsucking monstrosities responsible. From Pathfinder co-creator James L. Sutter (Pathfinder: Goblins, Death's Heretic) and artist Kevin Stokes (Pathfinder: Goblins, Secret Origins) comes an adventure of blood, sand, and redemption. Contains a pull-out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter!

issue 3 features Seoni: When mysteries in Seoni the sorcerer's past lead her to the renowned Jeggare Museum, she finds its newest acquisition targeted by deadly thieves. Joining with the mercenary magus Seltyiel, her plan to capture the criminals unmasks their underhanded leader, but also a menace from an age of forgotten evil. A tale of magic and ancient secrets from Pathfinder editor-in-chief F. Wesley Schneider (Pathfinder: Goblins!) with art by Tom Garcia (Mercy Thompson, Clive Barker's Hellraiser)! Contains pull-out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter!

Dark Archive

This will be out tomorrow.

Here are the first 6 pages:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=26074

Looks great, i aleady have an abo for all 6 issues.


Will be getting mine, and all future Pathfinder comics, through comixology.

Cannot wait for this.

Grand Lodge

So the exclusive cover of Valeros is Amari?
Good call.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

'cause that's not sarcastic or passive-aggressive at all *sigh

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Card Game, Pawns, Starfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

Is it a website glitch that shows I am subscribed to this product line yet the last item to ship was City of Secrets #6 and the next one is Origins #2-Kyra?

My February subscription order did not include Origins #1-Valeros. Should I expect it to arrive with the March order? If so, its not listed.


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Same thing happen to me! I HOPE that it still shows up though!


THAT WAS AWESOME!!!

I got mine via comixology.

When will the collected volume 3 be out in comixology?


Azmyth wrote:

So the exclusive cover of Valeros is Amari?

Good call.

I think they're doing that for everyone.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

I'm amused by Kevin Mack's one-star review, based on the last panel of the story. "Pathfinder Origins" is a SIX-part story. Stay tuned, is all I can say. :)


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Maps Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Personally, I hope the iconic characters do evolve and develop through the comic series (for better or worse - up to and including death).

I like the approach you take in APs and sourcebooks (where the world is pretty much "static" so it doesn't matter what order you incorporate the different books). I view the comics as different though - more as one, specific iteration of Golarion rather than a further addition to canon.

If every story arc ends with the iconics living happily ever after, I'm going to find it hard to keep caring about them, I suspect.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Erik Mona wrote:

I'm amused by Kevin Mack's one-star review, based on the last panel of the story. "Pathfinder Origins" is a SIX-part story. Stay tuned, is all I can say. :)

To be fair the inital hook that sets up the series made it sound like 6 stand alone tales. Also maybe ive miss read the final panel but that seemmed to indicate Amiri in the comics present so I can only assume the last book is some sort of tie all the loose threads together in the present type affair.

So in the meantime review removed.

Paizo Employee Publisher, Chief Creative Officer

The whole thing with Sheila Heidmarch is a framing device that weaves through the issues (subtly) and goes through to the last issue in the series (#6), which I also wrote, incidentally.


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Okay, prediction registry -- which iconics are going to guest star in the upcoming issues?

I'm guessing that we're going to see Sajan teamed with Merisiel (CN acrobatic rogue teamed with LN acrobatic monk), Harsk teamed with Lini (there were some hints that the two of them were better acquainted than either was saying back in Pathfinder #4) and Lem teamed with Ezren in the final issue, which will hopefully tie up the loose ends of the previous five stories.


Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
C. Richard Davies wrote:

Okay, prediction registry -- which iconics are going to guest star in the upcoming issues?

I'm guessing that we're going to see Sajan teamed with Merisiel (CN acrobatic rogue teamed with LN acrobatic monk), Harsk teamed with Lini (there were some hints that the two of them were better acquainted than either was saying back in Pathfinder #4) and Lem teamed with Ezren in the final issue, which will hopefully tie up the loose ends of the previous five stories.

http://www.dynamite.com/htmlfiles/viewProduct.html?PRO=C72513022695205011

Quote:
When Harsk the dwarven ranger visits Sandpoint, he finds a town in turmoil, beset by pranks and whimsical accidents caused by vengeful fey creatures. Teaming up with local heroes like the druid Lini, Harsk must discover the grim cause of the town's troubles before the mischief turns deadly. A tale of wild creatures and fairy magic from Pathfinder Editor-in-Chief F. Wesley Schneider (Pathfinder: Goblins!) with art by rising star Tom Garcia (Mercy Thompson, Hellraiser)! Contains pull-out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter! Contains pull-out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter!

Called it.

Grand Lodge

Will the comics/Paizo exclusives be at the PaizoCon Store?

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