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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! (The Adventure Zone, 2) Paperback – Audiobook, July 16, 2019
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"It’s tough to adapt anything into a comic, but especially to go from an audio-only medium to a visual-only one, but Pietsch in particular knocks it out of the park." - Paste Magazine
"Murder on the Rockport Limited delivers on every possible expectation. Fans of the original podcast will not be disappointed" -Tor.com
"The story is fun, the artwork continues to be fantastic, and it’s a great read for fans of goofy adult fantasy, whether you’re a veteran D&D player or you just love irreverent jokes about Garfield, stealing from small children, or Tom Bodett." - Winter is Coming
"This arc is stuffed to the gills with excitement ― a murder mystery, some brand new NPCs, and a whole lot of wayward wizardry and other questionable hijinks." - Nerds and Beyond
About the Author
Carey Pietsch is a cartoonist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Her work includes drawing two arcs of Lumberjanes and the artwork for the Mages of Mystralia webcomic. Carey also makes Keepsakes and other original comics about magic and empathy. Along with brightening her workdays, The Adventure Zone got her to join a D&D campaign, where she’s currently playing a dragonborn sorcerer who cares too much about romance novels.
- Publisher : First Second (July 16, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250153719
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250153715
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.22 x 0.66 x 9.05 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5/5 stars, easy.
By Tyler on July 16, 2019
5/5 stars, easy.
The build quality on this sucker is great, same as the first volume. Art has somehow gone from God-tier to ultra God-tier. I can still hear Griffin's stupid laugh off in the distance as I read, and the fan art section brings me immense joy. 10/10 highly recommend to purchase.
Now comes the second volume of the adaptation, Murder on the Rockport Limited, which finds our brave adventurers infiltrating a train under false pretenses and attempting to not only find a missing artifact, but also solve a murder - or should that be murders, plural? - along the way. It was the first arc of the show that was all truly the McElroys, as Griffin (the DM) made his own story and the rest of the crew started to truly get into their characters, resulting in one of the funniest arcs of the show, as well as introducing some iconic characters for the whole series.
The graphic novel adaptation of Rockport is every bit as good, embracing both the podcast's jump in quality and the larger sense of the Balance Arc, and finding a great balance between both. While Gerblins occasionally felt like great bits were cut out of the adaptation (understandably, given how tangential they often felt), Rockport feels like it's much more able to retain a lot of the anarchy of the original series, from the ruthless mocking of a wizardly train attendant to the unexpected appearance of a beloved hotel spokesman to the odd dynamic that arises when three grown men bully an adorable young boy. Having just re-listened to Rockport recently, I can say that this adaptation absolutely captures the spirit of the original story, bringing out the humor of the characters and the McElroy sensibility, all while still making it fit more into the larger shape of the Balance campaign saga. (This last component is in some ways the most interesting thing about the book from the perspective of a TAZ fan, as it allows the story to start bringing out the emotional beats that make all the goofs so special, but they're hard to talk about in a spoiler-free review.)
I can't tell you how you'll feel about Rockport if you're not already a TAZ fan. Is it accessible to non-fans? Will it make sense if you don't already love this story? Will you appreciate the cavalcade of in-jokes from MBMBaM and TAZ tossed into the background by artist Carey Pietsch? (Okay, definitely not the last one, but trust me, they're there, and only add to the evidence of how great of a choice Pietsch is for this project.) But as a long-time fan of the series, Rockport is a ton of fun to read, bringing the arc to life, but more importantly, capturing the spirit of it all wonderfully, and conveying the fun and silliness - and the stakes! - of what the McElroys created.
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Don't take that as a bad thing because if anything Murder on the Rockport Limited! improves on the first book. While the first book was great for the fans, the podcast was in it's teenage experimental phase which may have made the story a little looser and harder to follow for the uninitiated. Not so Murder on the Rockport Limited! Griffin was in full control and the story benefits from that.
Special shout out to Carey Pietsch who does an outstanding job with the artwork. The scenes are all packed with detail, Easter eggs and little flourishes that really make the experience. This book also introduces some of the fans favourite characters - I'm looking at you Angus McDonald - and Carey does a flawless job of bringing these characters to life.
Bonus points to the McElroy's for including a section for some of their wonderful fan art at the back of the book. Not only is it a great reward for the fans it's also brilliant to see how other artists picture the characters we know and love.
The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! is a fantastically funny and beautifully drawn graphic novel that is a real treat for fans of the podcast and newcomers alike and I for one can't wait for the next instalment of Tres Horny Boys mayhem.