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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 18, 2021
Note: This graphic novel, though called 'Volume 5' collects the earlier released volumes 1-4 into one single volume.
The Fading Memories is a story in four parts, each feeling like there will be four distinct stories with a central theme and main plot. Toward the end they meld into a straight-up continuation though. I very much enjoyed the main theme and how it is presented: One of the hallmarks in all the Witcher stories is that the age of monsters, and thus Witchers, is coming to an end. Geralt wanders the world looking for work, but is really looking for a purpose for his life if there is no longer a need for a monster hunter.
In each of the smaller stories he meets others who are in the same situation - one way or another each one's time has passed. Viewing their struggles helps the reader understand Geralt a bit better. I definitely enjoyed this aspect of the story the best - especially in the first one the theme was extremely well crafted and I was moved by it. The second part is also very good, though the third and fourth feel weaker but luckily with a satisfying end.
In terms of characterization, this Geralt feels more of the Witcher-from-the-game rather than Witcher-from-the-books but the difference is subtle. The world feels just right.
The art is crude which usually works for this type of graphic novel. It works here as well most of the time - though in some dark panels I had to look twice to figure out which one of the characters is Geralt.
In all all, a worthy addition to the (so far) excellent set of Witcher comics. Fans should definitely check this out; as well, it should work for readers with no prior experience with Witcher given that the story is completely detached from other events or characters. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
Enjoyed previous volumes so preordered this one. Unfortunately this is pretty much garbage compared to the others. Geralt is lame and story is pathetic. This is not the Witcher you know or want. I recommend saving your money. My copy will be going out with the trash.
Da mir die letzten Bände sehr gefallen haben war dieser ein Pflichtkauf. Leider enttäuscht der Band, da Gerald nicht derselbe zu sein scheint. Darüber hinaus ist die Story recht flach und ohne großen Spannungsbogen. Künstlerisch ist dieser Band auch der schlechteste.