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Pathfinder Volume 1: Dark Waters Rising Hardcover – May 28, 2013
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Since they are derived from a D&D-style role-playing game, it's no surprise that the six comic books collected in this volume are centered on the adventures of a small group of stock RPG archetypes (a fighter, a thief, a wizard, a sorceress, a ranger and a cleric) and feature lots of action. That's pretty much what comics and these sorts of games are about, right? Myself, I largely gave up reading comics and playing D&D years ago, but nevertheless, enjoyed the stories here.
The quality of the art is pretty good--detailed, colorful, stylized. The character design is great, though I don't know if that originated with the book's artists or the Paizo RPG. There were a few instances when I had problems following the action, but that may be due as much to my having learned to read comic books in the `60s, when there was more narration and tightly defined panels as to the artists' sometimes frenetic style.
Lastly, I want to emphasize the high physical quality of the book. When I first considered getting it, I balked a bit at the relatively high cost for comic collection, being used to the cheaper Dark Horse TPBs. Upon arrival those impressions were cast aside. This is a nice item: a good sturdy hardback with over-sized pages. The larger pages allow the preservation of the original comicbook page dimension and a decorative band along the gutters of the pages. This clever addition prevents the edges of the pages from disappearing down the middle crease of the book. Great idea.
I would recommend "Pathfinder Volume 1: Dark Waters Rising" to anyone interested in the Pathfinder RPG (the book's extensive game oriented section that follows the comics is geared to such readers) or the Adventure Card Game, as well as anyone just looking for some rousing D&D-style adventure in a comics format. Definitely a fun read for me and I look forward to getting the next volume when it is published.
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The artists did a amazing job at all the details of the characters