Mice Templar: Games
Written by Ryan Schrodt
Art by Steve Ott
A nice if not particularly needed prologue to the first book. There is nothing here that is not at least implied in the first volume of Glass and Oeming's epic fantasy tale.
We do get a bit of expansion on the youthful exuberance of Keric that seems so brief as the tragedy that befalls his community happens so quickly in the main book.
The rest of the story is merely a moment in time captured. We already know that Keric played templars and most of his peers (and the community at large) scoffed at him. We know that the majority of his knowledge of the ancient order comes from Lieto. The bit with Deishen at the end would be a nice bit of foreshadowing, if you know, it had been written before the revelations of Deishen later in the series.
That being said, the character work is nice. Schrodt captures both the imagination and joy of youth along with the kewl mean side of children as well. Ott does a good job of making the designs that Oeming and Santos have perfected his own, while conveying the emotional content of the script.
On a technical note, the one thing that keeps me from following more webcomics is the interface. The interface here is almost an afterthought. The comic is reproduced at 100% which means lots of scrolling around, making it unpleasant to read. Then there is just a next tab at the top of the page that links you to the next page of the comic. It is shotty and seems like Jude programed it. :p
The front page of the Mice Templar website proclaims that this is "an amazing work of fan fiction." This certainly holds true as Schrodt's writing overcomes its needlessness and Ott does a great job of making Santos and Oeming's designs his own while expertly conveying the emotional content of the script. It is a shame that something like programming could make it a less than pleasant reading experience.