Rogers, Irvine, Di Vito, and Bergting.
Years ago, when the Vom Marlowe was but a tot, she played D&D. And before anyone leaps down her throat, she would like to be very firm and forestall complaints from all and sundry gameboys. Yes, it was D&D. Not AD&D. Played from a skimpy pamphlet and some funny looking dice we had to mail order. So there.
Gaming creds out of the way (no, I still cannot remember what the devil Thaco is, thank you kindly), I shall move onto the actual comic.
This is not a good comic. I shall admit this upfront. It has a dragon on the cover (or at least on my cover, I understand there are several). The human hero has shoulder muscles the size of a Toyota Prius, the colors are a tad murky, the ink is a bit thick, the plot is simple, and the jokes are silly. And yet… And yet…
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Go figure. Also it was only a dollar, which I’m sure helped.
Do I need to explain the story? I suppose I do.
A male human fighter, a dwarf with an axe, and a female halfling thief walk into a bar dungeon. There’s some swordplay, some kind of nifty warg-werewolf-troll things (green and wolfish), some slavers and a dragon. They find their buddy the male elf and meet a female elf-dragonish person who wields fireballs or some kind of magic. Nifty. Together they fight crime!
That’s about it, really.
The thing is though, that I found it all rather charming. It’s a cheesy premise, but let’s face it. Most comic premises are silly and cheesy. The execution is gleeful; it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it embraces the tropes that make it good.
Check out this bit:
But as I said, it’s not like this is a particularly good comic. The drawings are basically anatomically correct (if you allow for whacked out hero proportions, that is), but sometimes…
A stronger line of ink between the dragon and the fighter holding the shield would have made for a better differentiation between the panels. I mean, it’s cool that the dragon frames it, but I read it and first thought that the green thing was on top of the dragon. Yes, I puzzled it out, but still. And the dragon himself has a certain level of floppy cuteness which does not appropriately increase the dramatic tension.
Although honestly, if I saw a plush dragon toy with floppy spines like that, I’d buy it instantly, so perhaps it’s just clever marketing instead.
I bought this comic some time ago, and I admit upfront that I have been putting off reviewing it. It’s a bit tough to throw up a review of, well, a D& freaking D comic in a blog that spends time talking cogently about Derrida, but I have no secrets from you all, dear blog readers. You already know my tastes are strange and outre.
Can I recommend this comic? Well…. Do you know who Drizzt is? Do you like quippy hack and slash? I will name no names! But you know who you are. (Or, perhaps more likely, who you’re not. )
But remember. If you want to give it a try, it is only a dollar.
And yes, I am proud to say that I am awaiting the November issue.