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Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur's Gate Volume 1 Paperback – May 19, 2015
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Jim Zub is a writer, artist and art instructor based in Toronto, Canada. Over the past fifteen years he’s worked for a diverse array of publishing, movie and video game clients including Marvel, DC Comics, Capcom, Hasbro, Cartoon Network, and Bandai-Namco. He juggles his time between being a freelance comic writer and Program Coordinator for Seneca College‘s award-winning Animation program. His current comic projects include Dungeons & Dragons, a new series celebrating 40 years of the classic tabletop RPG, Thunderbolts, the return of Marvel’s villainous superhero team, and Wayward, a modern supernatural story about teens fighting Japanese mythological monsters.
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Here's the thing though: not only does the story feel complete (a major problem for the Shadows of the Vampire/Ravenloft arc that comes next, chronologically, as well as several of the 1980s D&D comics), but the characters are fun. Very fun! They feel like individuals played by different player styles, so you've got Minsc & Boo that are like the metagaming player who loves The Tick, you've got the wild sorcerer who's innocent and under-optimized but has a great backstory that informs the entire plot, and you've got the team-up of rogue ne'er-do-wells that are a bit optimized, roleplay a bit, but are mostly just there to deliver snarky remarks and occasionally have some random last-second contact to help move the plot along. But it works. It all comes together under these auspices to deliver a fun, action-heavy comic that is funny, thrilling, and even a little personal at times.
I feel that anyone with no experience to D&D might find this of some interest to whet their appetite. I also feel that the simple story/dialogue would be best read by a child of 10 or so years. As a one shot it was mildly entertaining and ended quickly before delving into any character, but it felt so paper thin that it didn't leave me satisfied. If you can find it inexpensively and want a quick, simple read in the FR world, it might be worth a look.