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The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)/Issue 3

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The Legend of Zelda Issue 3
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The comic's third issue
Writer(s) George Caragonne
Publisher(s) Valiant Comics
Release date
April 1990

The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics Issue #3 was originally released in April 1990.

Parts

The Power

Link uses the Triforce of Power to defeat three Darknuts

The story begins with Link and Zelda trapped in an underground battle with Darknuts in Ganon's Death Mountain lair as they attempt to retrieve the Magic Trophy, which is necessary to keep the town of Rauru from perishing.[1] Zelda is ready to go and find it, but Link interrupts her and tells her that she must return to the overworld, for he fears for her safety and confesses that he loves her.[2] Just as Zelda is about to kiss Link, the Darknuts find the duo,[3] and Link uses this opportunity to warp out Zelda out of the lair by pushing her into a Wallmaster.[4] Link manages to lose the pursuit of the Darknuts when he stumbles upon Ganon's chambers.[5] Not only does he find the Magic Trophy,[6] he also comes to face the Triforce of Power, which burns his hand upon contact.[7] Because of the touch, the Triforce remains with him, and he is able to defeat the Darknuts with ease. He then exits the underground lair and meets with Zelda, informing her that he obtained both the Magic Trophy and the Triforce of Power.[8] However, he is pursued by Ganon. The two engage in a battle, of which Link emerges the victor after using his newfound strength to heave a large rock on top of his foe.

Several of Ganon's Goriya minions offer to serve Link, as they believe that he holds more power than their master,[9] but Link refuses.[10] Ganon then bursts out from under the rock pile in a desperate attempt to escape since he has no power left,[11] but Link goes after him and gravely wounds him, paying him back for all the damage he has done to the young hero.[12] Ganon is barely able to escape and crawl back to a place where he can teleport back into the Underworld lair to heal.[13] Zelda tries to calm Link down, reminding him that they have beaten Ganon and that they must return the trophy to Ruto.[14] Frustrated, Link refuses and tells Zelda that he needs to possess the Triforce of Wisdom and Power to be able to defeat Ganon for good.[15] However, Zelda informs the young hero that the Triforce cannot be possessed since it must be held in trust for the benefit of all Hyrule,[16] making Link think that Zelda does not trust him.[17] Although Link persists,[18] Zelda stands firm in her decision that she cannot give the Triforce to Link or anyone and tells him that the Triforce of Power has changed Link.[19] An angered Link then storms off, and while the princess tries to go with him,[20] the young hero tells Zelda he does not need her, for he will prove to her that he has not changed by destroying Ganon with the Triforce of Power alone.[21]

The Price

The Price picks up where The Power left off. Following his defeat, Ganon flees to Parapa Palace, but his lust for the Triforce of Power consumes him and is a giveaway of his location to Link.[22] Link heads to the palace, and is greeted outside by the same group of Goriya that had offered to serve him.[23] This time, he accepts their aid.[24] He dons a robe similar in likeness to that of Ganon's,[25] and feels that Ganon, who is watching him through a mirror, is close by.[26]

Princess Zelda seeks advice from the Triforce of Wisdom about Link's actions since she is worried that Ganon, like Link, had always wanted to possess the Triforce of Wisdom.[27] The Triforce of Wisdom informs Zelda that Link has a sickness, for he has "power without wisdom," and that no one can help him, except by helping to destroy himself.[28] Zelda refuses to believe so and and follows Link's trail to the palace to cure him.[29] There, she is taken into captivity by Darknut Prime.[30] At that moment, Ganon teleports to Link's location and offers him the chance to join his army of darkness so that they can conquer Hyrule together, leaving Link to rule the eastlands in Ganon's name.[31]. Link refuses his offer,[32] and the two engage in a short battle. Ganon attempts to reclaim the Triforce of Power,[33] but the Triforce chooses to remain with Link,[34] and the young hero reveals that Link's power is already greater than Ganon's.[35]

Desperate, Ganon uses his last piece of leverage: Zelda.[36] Darknut Prime brings her into the throne room, and Ganon threatens to kill her unless he surrenders the Triforce of Power.[37] Link plays what Ganon thinks to be a bluff and says that she means nothing to him.[38] Ganon orders his minion to kill her[39], but Darknut refuses to and states that he has only one master.[40] Enraged, Ganon attempts to use a spell on Zelda, but it is blocked by Link, who then casts him into a cage hanging over a bottomless pit.[41]

Link realizes he is being corrupted by the Triforce of Power

Overjoyed, Zelda hugs Link,[42] but Link demands that she turn over the Triforce of Wisdom which she brought along.[43] Zelda refuses, and when Link inquires why, she confesses that she loves him,[44] but Link reveals he does not care for love anymore and only wants more power.[45] He tries to fire a magic spell to attack Zelda, only to discovery that the Triforce of Courage has left him and has gone to Zelda, which protects her from his attack.[46] Zelda then reveals to Link what he has become, telling him to give up the Triforce of Power or, as much as it would break her heart, she will fight him since she knows that Wisdom and Courage will always triumph over Power.[47] Just then, Ganon begs Link to let him have the Triforce of Power back so that the two of them can defeat Zelda together,[48] but Link ignores him and says that the Triforce of Power is his forever.[49] Zelda, informs that he does not need to join Ganon, for he has become Ganon himself and has even taken on a physical likeness to him.[50] Link then realizes what the price of that power is, and chooses to throw to Triforce of Power into the bottomless pit to keep his soul, although he is aware that doing so will end his own life.[51] Due to Link's loss of power, the cage that was holding Ganon disappears, and sends him tumbling down after the Triforce.

However, even as Link lays dying in Zelda's arms, the Triforce of Courage returns to him, proving that he is worthy of wielding it and thus restore his strength.[52] He then wakes up in North Castle, virtually unharmed. When Link mentions that Zelda admitted that she loves him,[53] she mentions that he must have dreamed it and continues to deny it despite Link's persistence.[54]

Bonus 1

The first bonus story is titled Secrets of the Triforce, and explains the differences between the three Triforces and their bearers. The story explains that the Triforce of Wisdom is kept by Princess Zelda in North Palace. Its guidance helps her rule the kingdom wisely, and it also allows her to cast powerful magic spells when needed.[55] The Triforce of Power has been held by Ganon ever since he stole it from Hyrule, making him a nearly invincible, mighty magician, and if he ever obtains the Triforce of Wisdom, he will be unstoppable.[56] The Triforce of Courage remained hidden until Link accomplished a daring quest, and it now rests within his heart.[57]

Bonus 2

The second bonus story is titled Zelda's Consumer Tips, and jokingly recounts some of the times that Link has been swindled. It takes up two pages.

References

  1. "The Magic Trophy Ganon stole is hidden in the lower chambers! The town of Ruto will perish unless it is returned! We MUST find it!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  2. "Not WE. Just ME. You're going back to the overworld! [...] Because it's gotten too dangerous down here. Because I'm a hero, this is MY job! Because I'm going to protect you whether you like it or not! And because...because I love you." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  3. "Aw, heck! Something ALWAYS happens every time I'm about to get a smooch!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  4. "That Wall Master will put you outside where it's safe! I'll take a raincheck on the kiss!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  5. "Wonder what's behind that door! Maybe I can hide in there till these guys give up the case! Wow! Ganon's chambers!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  6. "The magic trophy! Tsk! Tsk! Ganon left it unguarded! I wonder what else is in here..." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  7. "The Triforce of Power! This is what gives Ganon his magic force! For years, he's been trying to steal Zelda's Triforce of Wisdom. Whoever has both Triforces will control Hyrule forever! I wonder what happens if I...YOW!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  8. "Zelda: Link! You got the magic trophy!
    Link: That's nothing! I got Ganon's Triforce!"
    (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  9. "Link has powerful magic! Goriya serve Link! Link be master, not Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  10. "No! What am I saying? Get away from me! Get out of here!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  11. "I must escape! I have no power left!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  12. "It's over, Ganon! I have the power now! You've hounded me! Attacked me! Made my life miserable! I'll give you MERCY! The same mercy you've always given ME!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  13. "He teleported! He got inside Death Mountain and he TELEPORTED!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  14. "Take it easy, Link! We've won! We've beaten Ganon and now we can return the trophy to Ruto!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  15. "Ruto!?! I can't go to Ruto! I'm going after Ganon! I have to DESTROY HIM! But to crush him INSIDE Death Mountain where he's strongest, I need more power! I need the Triforce of Wisdom! I MUST HAVE IT! If I possess both Triforces, I can defeat Ganon once and for all!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  16. "What are you SAYING? You know the Triforce of Wisdom cannot be possessed! It must be held in trust for the benefit of all the people in Hyrule!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  17. "What? You don't trust me?!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  18. "Aww...come on, Zelda! You're just imagining things. I'm fine." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  19. "The Triforce of Power, it's done something to you! [...] I... I'm sorry, Link. I can't give the Triforce to you. Or anyone!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  20. "Wait! It may be dangerous. Let me come with you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  21. "Well, then... I guess I'll have to prove that I HAVEN'T changed! I'll hunt down Ganon and destroy him with the Triforce of Power alone. [...] I said I'll destroy him ALONE! I don't need you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  22. "Ganon can teleport to any underworld location in Hyrule. But his yearning for the Triforce of Power betrays him! His lust for the Triforce--MY Triforce--is so strong I can FEEL it--! He's HERE..." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  23. "Link let Goriya serve him now? Goriya MUST serve! Only Link has Triforce of Power! Only Link is worthy to be master!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  24. "Hmmm... Well... Why not?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  25. "Link will rule! Link is king! Link wear King robes!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  26. "Ganon is close by! I can FEEL it!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  27. "I'm worried about Link! He...wanted to TAKE you! I couldn't help thinking--that's what Ganon always wanted, too!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  28. "Link has a sickness. He has power without wisdom. [...] No one can help Link now...except by helping him to destroy himself!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  29. "If power without wisdom is a sickness, then first I must CURE Link...no matter what the Triforce of Wisdom says!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  30. "Perhaps there are scavengers as well--seeking easy prey!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  31. "Now that you have tasted true power, I offer you this--join my Arm of Darkness! Help me conquer Hyrule, and I will give you the eastlands to rule in my name!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  32. "I'll NEVER join you! I have the Triforce of Power now! I'll DESTROY you!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  33. "Don't you see? I LET you capture the Triforce! And I can take it BACK! Triforce of Power! Return to your true MASTER!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  34. "The Triforce chose you! It's not possible!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  35. "I'm ready for you! I KNEW you'd try to take the Triforce back! But my power is already greater than yours!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  36. "You may have power but your heart makes you weak! I too was prepared! Behold!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  37. "Surrender the Triforce or my Darknut Prime will destroy your precious princess!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  38. "She means NOTHING to me." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  39. "You're BLUFFING! Darknut! Destroy her!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  40. "There is only ONE true power here! What do YOU wish me to do..." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  41. "My magic is powerful enough to CAGE you now! I should just drop you into this endless pit!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  42. "Link! I knew you wouldn't let anything happen to me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  43. "I WANT the Triforce of Wisdom, princess! I know you have it in your satchel! I can SENSE it!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  44. "Because you LOVE me...and I love YOU." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  45. "I don't want LOVE! I want more POWER!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  46. "Your spell didn't harm me! How? The Triforce of Courage protected me! [...] The Triforce of Courage has left your heart...and come to me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  47. "Give up the Triforce of Power, Link. Or, even if it breaks my heart... I'll fight you. Wisdom and Courage will always triumph over Power!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  48. "Link! Listen to me! We can defeat her together, if you let me have the Triforce of Power back--! Then, once she's gone, we'll divide the spoils of Hyrule! I swear it!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  49. "Shut up, Ganon! The power is mine, forever!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  50. "Don't you see what's happening?! You don't have to JOIN Ganon! You've BECOME Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  51. "There is a price either way. My LIFE, if I give up the Power! My SOUL, if I keep it! I choose to keep...MY SOUL!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  52. "And in doing so, you proved worthy of the Triforce of Courage! It returned to you, and restored your strength! It saved your life!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  53. "Hey! What about you saying you LOVE ME!?!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  54. "Oh! Uh...um...you must have DREAMED that, Link!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  55. "The Triforce of Wisdom is kept by Princess Zelda in Hyrule's North Palace. Its guidance helps her rule the kingdom wisely. In times of dire need, the Triforce helps her cast powerful magic spells!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. Bonus 1)
  56. "The Triforce of Power makes Ganon, already a mighty magician, nearly invincible! If he should ever obtain the Triforce of Wisdom as well, he would conquer Hyrule with ease!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. Bonus 1)
  57. "The Triforce of Courage, the most mysterious of the three, remained hidden for many years until Link accomplished a daring quest. Now the Triforce of Courage dwells in his heart, the secret of his greatest power." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. Bonus 1)
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