There are few video game characters from my formative years that I regard as highly as Kerrigan. She was complex and unforgettable, the sort of villain who makes you forget that you’re supposed to root for the good guys. To this day, I can’t help but feel awe when remembering the emergence of the Queen of Blades.
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty
, on the other hand, left me unimpressed. Naturally, the Zerg were going to get stomped, but to see that brilliant character stripped of her power, both literally and figuratively, then carried off into the sunset by her former boyfriend — come on
. Kerrigan deserves better than that. The trailers for SCII’s
upcoming expansion, Heart of the Swarm
, seem to agree, pointing toward a vengeful reclamation of the leaderless broods. While the expansion's release is still a few weeks out, tie-in novel StarCraft II: Flashpoint
, written by Christie Golden
, raises some interesting questions about how Kerrigan’s next chapter will unfold (minor spoilers ahead).