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Dungeon: Parade - Vol. 1: A Dungeon Too Many (v. 1) Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Grade 8 Up—Set in the already absurd Dungeon universe, this book collects two humorous stories that exist without any additional contribution to the overall saga, making it a great stand-alone volume but not the best introduction to the series. The first tale concerns a theme-park dungeon being built next to the eponymous setting, and the competition that arises between the real thing and its family-friendly knockoff. The second story involves the last wish of a genie's lamp, time travel, and fart jokes, as well as the interesting speciesism that crops up in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals. Both tales involve the fabulously macabre sense of humor that characterizes the series, with a childlike fascination with displays of gore and social commentary. The line work is raw and energetic, and may not appeal to those used to the clean compositions of American and Japanese comics, but after the initial immersion, there is much to like here. The character design is grossly comic, and the level of variety and detail that goes into populating the world with bizarre monsters is both endearing and fascinating.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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In a tale from the halcyon days of Dungeon, business is booming, with the dungeon fulfilling the adventuring needs of all comers and all of its employees happy and content. Not all remains peaceful when a new and different sort of dungeon springs up next door. Its papier-mache walls, cotton candy, and on-the-hour puppet shows constitute a special sort of competition for the Keeper. Herbert the Duck, Marvin the Dragon, the Keeper, and the gang eventually sort things out and, in trueDungeon style, cast off on a tangent when they end up with a magic lamp with one wish left and must seek the sage, Matthias, about what to wish for. As usual, half the fun lies in how the story careers off in new directions. Sfar and coauthor Lewis Trondheim have never met a tangent they didn't like. Trondheim's art, with its nonsensical flourishes of cartoon violence, portrays the action and characterization that keep the Dungeon series entertaining. Plundering has never been so much fun! Tina Coleman
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Running the operation is a chicken in a top hat, Hyacinthe de Cavallere (aka the Dungeon Master). The DM is bossy and greedy (hence the reason most adventurers don't make it out with their spoils) but in generally a pretty good guy. He understands business and knows that sometime you've got to let warriors make it out with a few treasures because, after all, if you kill them all, then you're getting rid of all your customers!
Helping the Dungeon Master run things are Herbert the Duck and Marvin the Dragon. Herbert's a bit lazy, feigning death to get out of work. Marvin is a vegetarian red dragon who is Herbert's protector and a pleasant chap.
In Dungeon Parade, Volume 1, A Dungeon too Many, a lizard man arrives to apply for a job as an intern at the Dungeon. He's given the nickel tour and sent on his way...only to open up a rival dungeon, right across the...uhhh...street, for lack of a better word. Customers are streaming from all over the lands to visit Lilsnaught's new dungeon and seem to be having one heck of a great time. Dungeon Masters sends Marvin and Herbert over to investigate and they never return...Seems Lilsnaught has decided to pay them more to come and work for him! But Lilsnaught's dungeon is actually more of a theme park with rides and cotton candy...and he's making money hand over fist! The Dungeon Master is losing all of his business and is in danger of having to shut down!
This series is a true delight. Whether you're a Dungeons & Dragons fan or not, you can't help but be amused by the clever cartooning and the wittiness of the script. You'll never look at hordes of monsters the same way again. Great Fun!
REVIEWED BY TIM JANSON