As the story and characters have already been covered in the game review, this comic book review is only about if it’s worth buying both volumes if one has already completed the game or if one isn’t interested in gaming at all and just wants to experience a good story with some lovely art design. It’s obviously not the best idea to get through almost 600 pages (around 300 for each paperback volume) if one plans to play the game, as the adaptation stays very true to it. However, if one has already completed it once, then there is still something new to discover in the beautifully colored pages (although some changes in art style in a few issues is disconcerting), even if it means that one can’t make any decisions and has to stick to Bigby’s questions, answers, and actions and their consequences for the linear story.
What makes these volumes worth reading is that there are some very interesting background stories of the main villains, something that was a bit lacking in the game, especially with the Bloody Mary character. But seeing the problematic relationship between Bigby Wolf and Ichabod Crane as his hypocritical tutor explained in further detail, as their subplots are embedded in a tale about the Salem Witch trials, is pretty cool. Despite taking up much of the books, these additions don’t distract from the main story that is just as suspenseful and violent as one remembers it. With an additional cliffhanger that wasn’t shown in the game, it’s an even more interesting read and hopefully a good prelude to the upcoming second season of Telltale’s fantasy noir thriller.
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