“Carrier” by Michael Kogge – Short Story Review [Eroldren]

Carrier - Mr. Jack

Eroldren continues his spotlight review over Blizzard’s Heart of the Swarm short story series.

“A decent Protoss tale covering the often unheard Khalai Caste, however, there’s disbelieving logic which hinders the story’s premise on the other hand.” – The Founding Fields

To be honest I was rather thrilled by another brilliant piece of artwork from Alex “Mr. Jack” Mancini did for this protoss short story. After all, it’s a grand illustration of the old school Carrier unit from years back verses the newer model seen today in StarCraft II. Although does the cover actually represent the story’s grand nature? That was an iffy question for me.

Inspiring awe in their allies and sheer, naked terror in all who stand in their way, few ships are as recognizable as the massive protoss carriers. Even among these massive warships, the carrier Koramund is exceptional. But when his ship comes under attack by the zerg, a lowly protoss engineer must overcome unthinkable odds to save the Koramund from destruction.

For the most part of Michael Kogge’s “Carrier” Iaalu, our sole character left to his own devices. Through his eyes as one of the Khalai Caste – civilians, artisans, builders, scientists – tells us part the inner workings of operating one of the great Super Carriers of the Protoss races in times of war. New are elaborated upon as did “Lens of the Void” by Hugh Todd did for us in detailing a Void Ray.

And with a decent reading pace, drops of lore insight, and Iaalu’s touching characterization were done fine, Kogge kept me straight though reading from pages 1 to 28 with a couple of peculiar mysteries.

Although lookout for the plot weakness towards the end of “Carrier”. At least it was a big one as a lore nerd that really irked me the wrong way. It dealt with the story’s main premise of “Carrier” and that was the confounding in-universe logic behind the downfall of the Koramund. But to withhold telling ending spoilers I’ll put it shortly as it didn’t make sense at all and that too many questions where instead ask rather than answered. Had there been some story adjustments, the argument made in “Carrier” would’ve fared as a much better story in comparison to the one we’ve presented with now.

Until next time,

Overall Verdict: 6.5/10


Eroldren, a SFF follower of both tie-in media and original works, enjoys rereading books frequently. So be warned, he might bring out sometimes his share of older and heavy duty titles alongside the newcomers.