I am a huge fan of all things Felicia Day, from her web series The Guild to her appearances on prime-time shows like Eureka and Supernatural and especially her new YouTube channel Geek & Sundry.
I’m also a fan of Wil Wheaton – a fandom that started way back in 1987 when he first stepped foot on the bridge of the Enterprise and continues with his many writing and acting projects. When he and Day teamed up to create the character of Fawkes for The Guild, I was in geeky heaven.
Fawkes is by far one of my favorite characters of any medium. The quote-spouting, kilt-sporting master of snark and creative expletives heads up the guild Axis of Anarchy, rival to Codex’s (Day’s) Knights of Good. He is one of the best villains I’ve seen, thanks to Wheaton’s portrayal and Day’s writing.
You can imagine how over-the-moon I was when I heard that Dark Horse Comics was publishing a The Guild: Fawkes one-shot, written by Day and Wheaton. So excited, in fact, that I tried to buy it at my LCBS a full month before it dropped, severely embarrassing myself and confusing the new-hire clerk in the process.
First, the art is wonderful. Artist Jamie McKelvie perfectly captures Wheaton’s expressions and the subtle nuances he gave the character. I especially love the attention to detail, like the shifting background color or state of a characters clothes. It’s these little things that make a good comic great.
Then of course there’s the writing. Day’s and Wheaton’s writing skills compliment each other brilliantly. Day’s background in scriptwriting and Wheaton’s background in fiction make for a comic that flows with the smooth transitions of a story without abandoning the things that make comics a unique medium.
Even if you’re a casual fan of Day’s or Wheaton’s or The Guild, you need to have this one-shot in your collection. Pick it up at your local comic shop (if they don’t have it on the shelves, they can usually order it for you) or from Dark Horse Digital.
As a bonus, “About the writing of the Fawkes issue of The Guild” from Wheaton himself.