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World of Warcraft: The Comic was a comic series set in the Warcraft universe and released monthly in a standard western comic format. Its writers were Walter Simonson and Louise Simonson, while the art was done by a variety of artists: Ludo Lullabi, Sandra Hope, Jon Buran, Mike Bowden, Jerome K. Moore, Tony Washington, Phil Moy, Walden Wong and Pop Mhan.
When writing the comics, the story and preserving the integrity of the universe is more important than the details. The artists and writers do not have to stick to nit-picky details as if they were working on the Star Trek license, and are given leeway.
First story arcs
The Alliance and Horde are getting along even though there is some tension between the two factions, at the time, because of the peace treaty, between Thrall and Jaina Proudmoore. Varian Wrynn has been introduced to be someone that doesn't get along with the Horde, and learns about it from the inside out, and scares the Horde, that he knows what he knows. He learns their tactics. He's a bad dude, and they respect him.
Graphic novel series
In January 2010, it was announced that the comic series was to be renamed World of Warcraft: Alliance and was to have been based on the Alliance even more strongly than the original. Another, based on the Horde, would have been released two weeks prior to that and would be called World of Warcraft: Horde.
However, in December 2009 Wildstorm announced the comic series was coming to an end, to be replaced by a series of original graphic novels. In July 2011, during Blizzard's Comic-Con 2011 panel, it was announced that the first Alliance OGNs would be released as Dark Riders, and the first Horde OGN would be released as Bloodsworn, to be published by DC Comics following the closure of the Wildstorm imprint.
- Broll Bearmantle
- Garona Halforcen
- Jaina Proudmoore
- Meryl Felstorm
- Rehgar Earthfury
- Thargas Anvilmar
- Valeera Sanguinar
- Varian "Lo'Gosh" Wrynn
- The original comic series leaned its focus more towards the Alliance rather than the Horde. In response Wildstorm intended to spinoff a Horde series and continue the original series as an Alliance centric comic beginning with issue 26. This has since been cancelled, however, in favor of releasing the stories in graphic novel form instead. The spin-offs became Dark Riders and Bloodsworn.
- The comic introduced in the canon many characters that were originally action figures, such as Broll, Meryl, Rehgar, and Thargas.
- The comic establishes that canonically, Varian Wrynn and his allies raided Onyxia's lair and killed Onyxia at the end of The Burning Crusade events, not the adventurers and not during Vanilla. Same goes for Alliance quest plots of the Onyxia's Lair attunement such as the rescue of Reginald Windsor from Blackrock Depths and the revelation of Onyxia in Stormwind City, making the involvement of the adventurers of the Alliance and Horde in-game non-canon.
- Chronicle Volume 3 later also went with The Comic version of the events.
- ^ a b http://dccomics.com/media/podcasts/DCComics_2007-07-28_Wow_Its_World_of_WarCraft_San_Diego_Comic_Con_2007.mp3
- ^ http://au.comics.ign.com/articles/835/835086p1.html
- ^ Medievaldragon. 2009-07-27. SDCC 2009: Wildstorm to Launch a World of Warcraft Horde Title. WoW.Incgamers. Accessed 2009-09-07.
- ^ a b Richard George. 2009-12-16. Warcraft, Starcraft Comics Find New Format: Blizzard's comic book franchises see cancellations and new life. IGN Comics. Accessed 2009-12-16.
- ^ http://comics.ign.com/articles/105/1055759p1.html