Tag Archives: How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon 3 Updates

6 Jun

how_to_train_your_dragon_3_posterBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

While How to Train Your Dragon 3 is a year away from release, the past ten days have been exciting for fans keeping tabs on reveals. This work has been finished for some time, and it’s supposed to get a preview at Annecy International Animation Festival next week. A teaser trailer may well be released during or afterwards.

For now, the release of the poster shows Toothless meeting the female of the species, a Light Fury, and all hearts will be aflutter for this pairing. Adorable as she is, one big question many will ask is where has she been? The world is large enough for any serpentine species to find places to hide in, hence the title.

The reason is that the new villain, Grimmel (voiced by F. Murray Abraham), has an agenda. He’s wiped out nearly all of the male of the species, and Toothless is next!

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How to Train Your Dragon: Serpent’s Heir TPB Review

4 Feb

HTTYD Serpents HeirBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

* Mild spoiler alert

If I had to decide between which How to Train your Dragon (HTTYD) comic book series to follow, my vote is for Dark Horse Comics‘ official follow-up. Penned by Dean DeBlois, director and showrunner of DreamWorks’ series, and Richard Hamilton (Star Wars: Dark Times), I’m enjoying the continuing adventures which take place after the second movie as it puts Hiccup into new adventures before he can even get comfortable with his new crown.

The Serpent’s Heir begins with everyone from the village of Berk helping to rebuild. After a few mishaps, King Hiccup gets a visitor from another island tribe. Calder’s village is being racked with earthquakes and while he expected to meet Stoick the Vast, he only finds the boy king. This young leader certainly has learned a lot from his dad, and he knows never to turn his back to those in need. Both he and his Dragon Riders travel to the island of Nepenthe to assist and find treachery in the midst.

While this first graphic novel is an easy short read, I feel these trials are just one of many in a series of books to help cement Hiccup as King of the Archipelago. News about Stoick’s death has not spread far, but it soon will. Other Vikings will come to challenge Hiccup. Unlike other burly soldiers who are hard to push over, this matchstick shaped lad may seem easy to bend.

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A Glimpse at How to Train Your Dragon, The Serpent’s Heir

1 Oct

HTTYD Serpents HeirBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Solicitations have begun through Diamond Distribution for Dark Horse Comics‘ How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir. This volume goes on sale Feb 15, 2017, but for retailers (comic book shops), they can officially take in orders and the details are in for what to expect. Value-priced at an MSRP of $10.99, there will be 80 pages of goodness to admire. The trade paperback measures 6×9 inches.

Picking up just after the events in How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup, Astrid and company are called upon to assist the people of an earthquake-plagued island. But their lives are imperiled by a madman and an incredible new dragon who even Toothless — the alpha dragon — may not be able to control!

Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton are the writers of this comic book tie-in to the upcoming 2018 film. This detail makes owning this volume quintessential for teases in what’s to come in Dreamworks product. For this HTTYD fan, while much of this news has been out for a while now, to see a tease in the advance order catalogue of what’s to come is a first look at the art.

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The Dragon’s Eye is No Longer Needed to Race to the Edge

1 Jul

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

New episodes of Dragons: Race to the Edge are now available on Netflix and months have passed since Hiccup and the Dragon Riders dealt with Viggo Grimborn. This new antagonist has all the makings to be a classic James Bond style of villain and his patience in how to deal with threats to his trade of selling dragons suggests he will be around for most of the saga. I’m curious if he knows Drago from the films, because one episode suggests he is more aware of what’s out there, beyond the Archipelago.

Very little added exploration is taking place in this new season when a threat is nearby. The crew have to fortify their defenses and plan for the eventuality that either Grimborn or a greater threat will attack. But first, and old adversary, Dagur, emerges out of the woodwork and he’s apparently turned over a new leaf. Hopefully the fate given unto him at the mid-season cliffhanger is not certain. This character has received more development than the others in this series, and I’ve grown to like him.

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