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Start of Darkness (original 2008; edition 2007)

by Rich Burlew

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Title:Start of Darkness
Authors:Rich Burlew
Info:Giant in the Playground paperback
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Rating:*****
Tags:Adventure, Black and White, Comedy, Comic Book, Comic Fantasy, Fantasy, Heroic Fantasy, Prequel, Rich Burlew, The Order of the Stick, Webcomic

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Start of Darkness by Rich Burlew (2008)

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Paltry fantasy hars. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Jul 5, 2013 |
Does a fairly decent job of covering the origins of the villains of the webcomic Order of the Stick. An enjoyable read. ( )
  theapparatus | Jul 18, 2011 |
The book is numbered "-1" in the Order of the Stick series, and that's because it's a prequel book. It's the prequel to the prequel book, in fact; the origin of the villains we all know and love to hate. It's also quite good, very much on par with the more recent OoTS strips and books; the fact that Burlew's growing as an artist and a storyteller with every new entry in the OoTS world shows. It's particularly nice that he held off and didn't publish backstories for his characters until after he had quite a bit of polish under his belt (to mix metaphors); the stories flow much better than some of the original strips do. ( )
1 vote ovistine | Nov 9, 2008 |
Burlew sheds some light in the darkness that is the beginning of the OotS's nemeses. He does so with the same brilliance as he twists the tales of the OotS, but in Start of Darkness, he can do so more cohesively as he is not bound to the joke-a-page tempo of the web comic.

A definite read for everyone even mildly intererested in the world of OotS (and if you are not, you should be!). ( )
  JapaG | Nov 2, 2008 |
Not quite as funny as the comic strips at their best, but still had me laughing out loud at several places. ( )
  Xuenay | Sep 5, 2007 |
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From the depths of time comes a story of wicked villains, terrible secrets, and monumental screw-ups! The Order of the Stick: Start of Darkness reveals for the first time the secret origins of Xykon, Redcloak, the Monster in the Darkness, heck, even the demon cockroaches. Containing 112 pages of all-new never-published-online comics in dramatic black-and-white, Start of Darkness is full of villainy goodness for any fan of the OOTS. Learn such secrets as: How did Xykon and Redcloak meet? How did Xykon became a lich? Why did Eugene Greenhilt swear revenge on Xykon? What ever happened to Lirian's Gate, anyway? How did Redcloak discover the Monster in the Darkness? Why on earth does Redcloak put up with Xykon's crap??? The Order of the Stick: Start of Darkness is presented primarily in black-and-white, similar to our bestselling On the Origin of PCs, but features a special full-color insert detailing the Secret Lore of the Crimson Mantle--in the popular crayon format, first seen in No Cure for the Paladin Blues. Featuring introductions by the author and Miko Miyazaki, paladin of the Sapphire Guard, this book is a flat-out must have for fans of the OOTS plotline, as it fills in missing details in the story of who these evildoers are and why they do evil. Wallowing in unrepentant villainy has never been this much fun (legally)!

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