WARNING: This review contains incidental spoilers for issues 1-3 of Pathfinder: City of Secrets and the 12-issue Pathfinder (2012-13) series.
Pathfinder – City of Secrets is a renumbered continuation of the Pathfinder comic series. The series follows a party of Iconic characters (characters developed to illustrate the concepts of the game) through their adventures together. The party in the Pathfinder/City of Secrets storyline is:
Valeros – Fighter
Seoni – Sorcerer (and leader)
Merisiel – Rogue
Kyra – Cleric
Ezren – Wizard
Harsk – Ranger
Since this party is two members larger (Seoni and Kyra) than the version of the party seen (rather, heard) in Big Finish’s Pathfinder Legends audio drama series, the cast members fill slightly different niches. Merisiel, for example, though she’s a somewhat generic Action Girl in Pathfinder Legends: Rise of the Runelords, is more of a Dark Action Girl in the Pathfinder comic series – more is made of her shady past, and indeed, City of Secrets revolves around it (having been heavily foreshadowed in the 2013 Special).
City of Secrets centers heavily on Meri and Kyra both, and will undoubtedly have repercussions in their relationship – working and otherwise – for many years of stories to come.
In City of Secrets, Meri risks her newfound romance with Kyra to find out if she’s still the same ruthless thief she was many years ago when she ran the streets of Magnimar, the City of Monuments, as one of the Ghost Trio.
Simultaneously, Kyra, Valeros, Seoni, and Harsk investigate who is murdering worshippers of Sarenrae in Magnimar… and to what end? For a change, this time their enemies are not worshippers of Lamashtu, the Goddess of monsters and nightmares whose followers were their primary foes in their first two storylines.
Since Pathfinder seems to be running on six-issue storylines, it seems no surprise that this issue ends in a cliffhanger. The next issue… should be interesting, I’ll give it that.
Pathfinder is certainly not Rat Queens, but it’s still an entertaining and interesting read, and worth picking up.