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Borderlands: Origins #1 [IDW Publishing] Review

Posted on September 20, 2012 AT 08:49pm

Pandora now comes to the comic book world, with the comic book adaptation of the original Borderlands, a game so awesome that it defies explanation. From IDW Publishing comes the first of four in a mini-series putting a spotlight on the original four Vault Hunters and how they got onto the bus with your friendly neighborhood arms dealer, Marcus. Written by Mike Neumann, with art by Agustin Padilla, the opening issue features Roland, former Sergeant for the Crimson Lance.

The team on this project had the right idea when deciding to focus on the original Vault Hunters prior to the continuity of the game. This way, nothing gets changed or removed to fit the story of the book. Roland was a soldier of the highest merit, until he uncovered a secret document that will change the life of not only himself, but of his team as they fight against the elements and monsters of Pandora in the name of the Crimson Lance.

Neumann does a good job of establishing the character of Roland without a whole lot of space to explain a major backstory for the character. While it kind of moves too quickly to really establish any sort of reasoning for Roland, it at least gives the reader (and player) some explanation as to why a soldier became a Vault Hunter in the first place after the events of his time in the Crimson Lance. The entire atmosphere of the franchise is captured pretty well within the issue, which will hopefully continue throughout the others.

Padilla manages to take the unique artistic style of the Borderlands franchise and make it own, while keeping the style that made it so memorable. While its not the most crisp, as far as the color work is concerned, but given the nature of the world itself, keeping things a bit dusty is actually something that could be seen as a positive.

Summary: With one issue for each of the original Vault Hunters, this origins story gets things started off properly with a fun and exciting look into the background of the characters that made the original Borderlands a massive success. With solid artwork and a new but familiar story, Borderlands: Origins looks like it will be a great mini-series for fans of the game.

  • THE GOOD: More Borderlands!
  • THE BAD: Pacing moves too fast at points
  • THE UGLY: Crumblers. You’ll see.

Score: 8.0

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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