Start of Darkness

Start of Darkness 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 Re

  • Title: Start of Darkness
  • Author: Rich Burlew
  • ISBN: 9780976658047
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 DaFrom 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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    1. This is a prequel to one of my favorite webcomics: The Order of the Stick.It's an interesting thing in terms of narrative: the backstory of the antagonists. This is a tricky sort of story to write. If you make them sympathetic, they're not a proper villain anymore. But if the reader doesn't feel something for them, then the story isn't engaging. Suffice to say, this is a nutsy book to write. And despite the trickiness of it, Burlew pulls it off. It's a good story. It's got funny bits. Dark bits. [...]

    2. I picked up this comic after reading Patrick Rothfuss praising it here on . I wasn't sure where to start as two prequels had been released for the story. I ended up picking one of the prequels which might've been a slight mistake as it seemed to be made for those who are already familiar with the story and the characters. But even though this was my first touch with Order of the Stick, it worked quite well!The Order of the STick is an odd series. Sure, it's a web comic, but still. The artstyle l [...]

    3. Holy crap, I feel dirty for having read about how the bad guys got so bad. As always, Burlew is a master at storytelling and humor, and turning cliches on their heads. My favorite quote from the main Evil guy: "I know people think I'm stupid. Because [I didn't earn my power:]. Because I get bored easily. Because I have no interest in strategy or tactics or contingency planning.Only two things matter: Force in as great a concentration as you can manage, and style. And in a pinch, style can slide. [...]

    4. Mr. Burlew has a definite dark place in his inner psyche. I gotta say I really like the complexity that is Xykon far more than he appears to be in the comics at first. He does a really good job of looking like a blundering madman, but yet he's actually quite calculating. His method of enslaving the goblins (particularly Redcloak) into absolute tyrannical underlings is impressive and utterly devastating. You do start to feel for the goblins and their plight. And Redcloak's descending spiral in hi [...]

    5. This is the foundation of the entire story of Order of the Stick, more or less. It shows the genesis of our bad guys, and the reason our protagonists are so involved in stopping them. Its also surprisingly bittersweet, (view spoiler)[showing how guilt and fanatical drive cn utterly ruin a person er, goblin (hide spoiler)]

    6. I loved this fucking comic. First of all, I love the reference to Heart of Darkness, second the evil dude reminds me SO much of Rick from Rick and Morty, it's amazing. What I find most interesting about these comics is that though they're about D&D the author sure does make a ton of fun about people who play the game. Excited to continue reading these!

    7. The origin story of the villains. A journey through the backstory of characters that I found engaging and that builds up to its conclusion beautifully. How it should be done IMHO.

    8. When a book tells you that Taco Night is one of 26 unpleasant things that happen in the course of it, then you're right to be skeptical. I was and I knew Rich Burlew's writing. The Order of the Stick is phenomenal. Really it is. It's a ongoing pleasure of a webcomic that has progressed into a behemoth of geekdom. It's made me almost wet myself laughing and it's even made me shed a tear. But Taco Night. It just sends shivers down my spine. This book is a print-only prequel to the online comic and [...]

    9. Start of Darkness is a prequel story featuring the villains of the Order of the Stick webcomic. It is the second "print-only" OotS book, featuring material not available on the website.As with the other print-only collections, this trade is in greyscale due to cost concerns (except for a 9 page section in the middle).Start of Darkness is 112 pages long, and features background on Xykon and Redcloak. It's got light touches of humor, but is mostly a dark tale, as befits the embodiments of evil pla [...]

    10. Start of Darkness is lengthier than On the Origin of PCs, not just due to its page count, but also because he only focuses on two characters instead of six. In addition, while Burlew has already taken pains to give us the back stories of the protagonists, the antagonists appear to be evil for the sake of being evil. Here, he gives us an understanding of why they're the way they are. Xykon has never been a complex character (aside from his ability to stay one step ahead of the heroes and come up [...]

    11. Rich Burlew, author of The Order of the Stick (a webcomic), has, besides his comic strip compilations, also written two companion books. Book -1, Start of Darkness, explains how the bad guys – Redcloak, Xykon, the Creature in the Darkness – got together. Everyone who reads the comic faithfully needs to read this book. The background information about the Crimson Mantle (Redcloak’sumd cloak), Roy’s dad’s blood oath of vengeance, and Xykon fills in a lot of gaps in the series mythology a [...]

    12. Another prequel volume as you may have guessed from the number.Probably best read after volume 1 and 2.More unified than the Origin of the PCs, since it's tied more into the plot, and not into the sorts of random backstories that a herd of PCs may present to a DM.But we see Xykon's childhood and beginning, and Redcloak's, including why that's his name. And how they met, and how Xykon became a liche, and Redcloak's brother leaving to raise a family and what came of that.Eugene Greenhilt shows up. [...]

    13. The second released prequel (first chronologically) to the online "The Order of the Stick" comic strip, this book tells the back-story of the major villains. If you're a fan of the comic strip, this is a must read. If you've never read any of the comics, you're better off starting with the standard books and then coming back to this prequel at a later time (some major plot points and twists are given away in the prequel). It doesn't have quite as much humor as the standard strip, in part because [...]

    14. OOTS è uno dei migliori fumetti online che mi sia capitato di leggere, di sicuro il migliore incentrato su D&D. Solo in parte parodia, ha una grande trama, grandi personaggi, grandi trovate. Questo volume è un prequel incentrato sugli antagonisti, e siamo ad un livello di certo non inferiore alla webcomic. Direi fondamentale per capire le reali motivazioni e la storia di Xykon e compagnia, getta una certa luce diversa sul tutto e caratterizza ulteriormente alcuni dei villains. Divertentiss [...]

    15. Wow, the background stuff on Redcloak is just *heartbreaking*--this used to be just some funny D&D jokes for me, but I have progressively become more and more invested in the story (which is a really great story, by the way). I am even more eager to reread all the web content now that I've learned such compelling background on some of the "bad guys" characters. I can't wait to see them again. And of course I am desperate to hear how Rich finishes out the story, now for their sakes as well as [...]

    16. The author does a great job balancing this book so that the reader learns the backstory of the villains, but there's no chance of sympathizing with them (or at least not vey much). I was very impressed with Redcloak's story and I definitely look at Xykon in a new light now. I thought the black and white would throw me, but it actually didn't make much of a difference. I definitely would not read this unless you've read the main comic. This is a great story on its own, but you'd get a lot more ou [...]

    17. Some of Rich Burlew's most literary works to date. This is the book that explains the origins of the main antagonists. Xykon's a prick, but he always manages to be a loveable, charismatic prick (Even as a kid crying over his dead dog). Redcloak is where the real tragedy takes place, drawn between conflicting loyalties and hard choices. Plus, it does have that twisted sense of humour that I just love, morbid git that I am.

    18. Best read between volumes 2 and 3, this background view on the villains and their history is a lot darker than the rest of the strip (and not just because its in black and white). Instead we see the villains win, suffer a setback and then win again, showing you just how mean, nasty and dangerous they are. This makes them all the better as adversaries for their heroes, but it makes you long for the moments of hope (which Burlew is wise enough to provide). well worth it.

    19. If you like webcomics at all, and have any tolerance of standard-issue geekery, I highly recommend the webcomic Order of the Stick (just google it).If you are already a fan thereof, this book, which follows _The Origin of the PCs_, tells the tale of the OOTS's arch-enemies. It's good stuff, and feeds the addict's hunger.

    20. Before I even opened this, I wanted to give it a five star review. That is, of course, more a sign of my total love for Order of the Stick. However, the book is merely very good, instead of the expected excellent. I'm not quite sure what made it not work entirely, and am still trying to figure out it.But hey, it's more OOTS and I can't go wrong with that.

    21. The second prequel to the graphic novelization of the webcomic "Order of the Stick," this time detailing the origin story of Xykon, Redcloak, and some of the other villains. A must-read for any fan of OOTS, but you should probably read the first couple of volumes of OOTS first, or you won't understand what is being foreshadowed in the prequel!

    22. Comedy gold as well as character-driven drama. Yes, it's a comic book, and really a companion/backstory to the online comic The Order of the Stick, but the entire series is full of well-drawn (no pun intended) characters with dreams, ambitions, conflicts, and heartbreaks.

    23. An interesting backstory, well told. Much more cohesive than the Origins of PCs, and it would generally be up to the standards of the normal series (or better) if not for the miserly decision to print black & white.

    24. Order of the Stick may be the best webcomic I've ever read. This book did not debut on the web as individual comics, but was created as its own entity, giving it much more of a flow than the comics sometimes have. It's a great look at the two main villains of our piece and how they came to be.

    25. I'm not sure if I cry when reading about evil because that evil can taint people who are only trying to do good or because that evil is so ruthlessly efficient. The reason I'm not sure is that both of these happen in this book.

    26. One of the best webcomics/series ever. The parody is lighthearted and spot on. Rich Burley is brilliant, and evokes so much out of stick figures and gaming puns.

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