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Breakfast Topic: Are there some things you wish weren't canon?

Anne Stickney

I liked the Warcraft comics, for the most part. Keep in mind that I say this as someone with 18 boxes of various DC and independently published comics in my closet. That said, I like comic books -- superheroes are pretty awesome. Superhero comics generally have an in-your-face quality to them, the characters are larger than life, and the stories are ridiculously complicated. In a way, it's kinda like a soap opera, only on paper with less weeping and more kicking butt. So the Warcraft comics fit quite nicely into that niche of superhero comic, in my opinion. The stories were pretty epic, there was always something going on, and the characters were larger than life.

But oh, how I wish Med'an did not exist in official canon. It's one thing to have an overpowered character in a comic book introduced for some sort of overarching epic tale; it's another thing altogether to try and shoehorn that character into a franchise full of characters that have a small spark of reality to them. Don't get me wrong -- there were plenty of things I loved about the comics series that were taken into canon. The split-personality Varian was a really intriguing element that has been pushed into what ultimately I see as a really unique way of developing his character beyond random king #3 or #4.

Med'an, on the other hand, has no redeeming emotional aspect; he's just a flat-out superhero. He doesn't appear to have any weaknesses whatsoever, and his introduction threw a wrench into Garona's character that I didn't particularly care for, not to mention Medivh's. His arrival seemed like it was solely for the purpose of telling a good superhero comic story, with no real root in Warcraft. And the fact that he's the hybrid of three races all from different planets is just a little too over the top from the standpoint of simple biology.

I was happy to simply let Med'an sit in his little comic book world and stay there, but now he's been mentioned in other lore -- he had a brief, tiny appearance in the Velen leader short story on the official Warcraft site. And now that he's made that little step from the comic book world into official lore, I am dreading the day we see him in game. To me, looking at the character, he simply doesn't fit in the Warcraft universe.

Of course, I don't write WoW, so I don't really have any say in the matter. I can just quietly cross my fingers and hope this doesn't end up in a poor story. But I don't think I've ever been so keen to have someone simply stricken from the record and relegated to the status of "Oh that, that was uh, Crisis on Infinite Azeroth and it doesn't count" as Med'an.

What about you guys? Was there ever a moment in lore that you wish had never happened at all? Is there something you wish you could change? If you had a chance to rewrite one thing, what would it be, and how would you do it? Let's get creative!

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