October 22, 2014

A Review: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: LEGENDS OF BALDUR’S GATE #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: LEGENDS OF BALDUR’S GATE #1 from IDW Publishing. Jim Zub writes, Max Dunbar draws and John-Paul Bove colors.

Delina is a moon elf and a wild mage, and new to the city of Baldur’s Gate. Which is why she’s as surprised as anyone that two gargoyles are trying to capture her. So it’s just as well that her magic somehow turns a nearby statue into a warrior and his best friend. The warrior seems perfectly happy to help her as long as there’s combat involved. And so our epic tale begins.

And we certainly start off with a bang. This issue is an adventurous romp from start to finish, with equal parts combat and comedy (no surprise there for Zub fans). D&D fans will probably recognize Minsc and Boo, and noobs will likely find them entertaining anyway. The art is well done – a nice balance of gritty fights and pretty backgrounds (despite all of the fog), and the colors really bring out the fantasy feel (especially Delina’s spells).

I’m a big believer in sword-and-sorcery comics; I really think the format works well for the genre, and I like to think that it’s a great alternative to superhero books. And this is the kind of book that proves it. Go buy two and share it with a friend.


~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )

October 18, 2014

A Review: CHEWLER

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of CHEWLER from Fifth Dimension Comics. David Brown writes, and Shannon Gretzon writes and draws.

Grandmother Supreme has a big problem, and “she” needs the best agent she can get. So she recalls Jim Chewler, retired General, total badass and complete nutjob. His mission, whether he chooses to accept it or not, is to keep the long-hidden remains of a certain dictator out of the hands of the bad guys. Adventure, madness and violence ensue.

This is a book that’s hard to describe, and I think that’s a beautiful thing. It’s got violence. It’s got madness (sometimes bordering on hallucination) on both sides of the battle. Chewler is one seriously messed up dude, and he’s the protagonist! And it all fits together to tell a good story. And the art (by the guy behind Exspastic Comics) helps to accent the madness without straying too far from “reality” to break the story.

If you’re into conspiracy stories, “weird” art, gripping adventure tales, or any combination of the three, go back this campaign now and get this book.

CHEWLER is available now via Kickstarter at www.kickstarter.com/projects/5dcomics/chewler. More info can be found at fifthdimensioncomics.wordpress.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )