Magekillers #2 continues Greg Rucka’s story of Tessa and Marius–mage-killing mercenaries set in the Dragon Age universe.
This installment starts off with the Tevinter ruler Archon Radonis explaining the job he has for the captured duo. No surprise, considering the line of work they’re in, it involves killing some fairly high-profile magisters, but if beggars can’t be choosers, then neither can rogues at the staff’s end of the most powerful mage in the most powerful mage-filled country in Thedas. It quickly becomes evident that a grim future awaits them whether they finish the job or not, when an unexpected encounter with an old friend further complicates the situation.
While the first issue last month seemed a little heavy on the exposition, as you’d expect for an entry point to something as hugely designed as the World of Thedas, this issue really kicked the story into gear. Action-heavy, it almost seems as though it could have been fleshed out a little more–the pair accomplish some complicated assassinations with considerable set up in the space of five pages. The economy of storytelling is admirable, but it’s a mark of how engaging the characters are, that we’d enjoy spending more time with them.
This time around the references to events and characters from Dragon Age Inquisition fly fast and furious, and Tessa and Marius seem fated to be embroiled in its affairs far sooner than I would have anticipated. The art continues at a high grade and Carmen Carnero’s pencils depict Tevinter with just the decaying grandeur and sybaritic elegance you’d imagine. For anyone reading the books as a .pdf (like I am,) be sure to view it in the two page format in order to fully appreciate the pretty cross-page assassination layouts. It’s a fun start to an engaging story that will hopefully fill in some of the already-immense Dragon Age backstory.
Dragon Age: Magekillers #2 release date: January 20, 2016.