The Adventure Zone
In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family's wildly popular D&D podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius child detective, an axe-wielding professional wrestler, a surly wizard, cursed magical artifacts, and a pair of meat monsters.You know, the usual things you find on a train.Hot on the heels of "The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins", the smash hit graphic novel that launched the series, "Murder on the Rockport Limited" picks up the saga where volume 1 left off. Both books are based on "The Adventure Zone," a tabletop RPG comedy podcast with downloads numbering in the tens of millions and an army of passionately devoted fans. With art and co-adaptation from Carey Pietsch, the McElroys are once again turning their raucous freewheeling D&D campaign into some damn fine comics.

The Adventure Zone Details

TitleThe Adventure Zone
Author
ReleaseJul 16th, 2019
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781250153715
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Humor, Fiction

The Adventure Zone Review

  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    Pre-release review:Oh, man, I am so stoked for this! I was forced strongly encouraged to read Here There Be Gerblins by a friend, and I fell in love with the graphic novel and have subsequently become addicted to the podcast. Seriously, in the three weeks since I started listening to The Adventure Zone, I've listened to 70 episodes, and I have no plans on stopping. But I also can't wait to read more graphic adaptations of the podcast!
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    CAAARRRREEEEYYY!!!! CAREY PIETSCH CONTINUES TO BE BEYOND AMAZING AT ART. FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, CHARACTER DESIGN, ENVIRONMENTS, TINY DETAILS ON BACKGROUNDS, TINY DETAILS ON PAPER/BOOKS, TINY DETAILS ON EVERYTHING. Listen, if you read Gerblins, you know what to expect from Rockport: Shenanigans. Absolutely hilarious hijinks. And deep character moments. And just a bit of foreshadowing. There's nothing about this book I didn't like just as much (if not more than) the podcast. But Carey's art just take CAAARRRREEEEYYY!!!! CAREY PIETSCH CONTINUES TO BE BEYOND AMAZING AT ART. FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, CHARACTER DESIGN, ENVIRONMENTS, TINY DETAILS ON BACKGROUNDS, TINY DETAILS ON PAPER/BOOKS, TINY DETAILS ON EVERYTHING. Listen, if you read Gerblins, you know what to expect from Rockport: Shenanigans. Absolutely hilarious hijinks. And deep character moments. And just a bit of foreshadowing. There's nothing about this book I didn't like just as much (if not more than) the podcast. But Carey's art just takes it to the next fucking level. God.
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  • Pretty Literate Opossum
    January 1, 1970
    7/23/19I went through the book once, gonna re-read it before giving it a thorough review, but in short it holds up better than the first volume. No contest.--------------------12/4/18There's a preview of this good child on the website and I'm already in love. Look at this jovial freckle-faced lad.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]This is an Angus I can believe in.--------------------11/12/18I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Angus MacDonald is as magnificent in this book as he was in the podcast a 7/23/19I went through the book once, gonna re-read it before giving it a thorough review, but in short it holds up better than the first volume. No contest.--------------------12/4/18There's a preview of this good child on the website and I'm already in love. Look at this jovial freckle-faced lad.(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]This is an Angus I can believe in.--------------------11/12/18I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Angus MacDonald is as magnificent in this book as he was in the podcast arc.
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    On the book tour for Gerblins, they all praised Carey's design for Graham (The Juicy Wizard). And yeah, I bet this book'll be good. But I'm 100%, all in, totally on board, completely infatuated, in this for the Juicy Wizard.
  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    Tres Horny Boys are back at it again, and I couldn't be happier to be along for the ride. The Adventure Zone stands out as one of the most exciting, clever, hilarious, heart-breaking and brilliant works of fantasy fiction I've encountered and I'm so pleased to announce that this second volume is just as successful as the first in capturing the wonderful heart and essence of the podcast with style, panache and lots of Jenkins-bullying. In addition to the crazy stunts, the most darling and wonderf Tres Horny Boys are back at it again, and I couldn't be happier to be along for the ride. The Adventure Zone stands out as one of the most exciting, clever, hilarious, heart-breaking and brilliant works of fantasy fiction I've encountered and I'm so pleased to announce that this second volume is just as successful as the first in capturing the wonderful heart and essence of the podcast with style, panache and lots of Jenkins-bullying. In addition to the crazy stunts, the most darling and wonderful of Boy Detectives and a good old-fashioned parlor room mystery solving speech, there are several little additions to the story that absolutely delighted me in this volume. First of all, *slams fists on the table* FUCKING THANK YOU FOR GIVING THE DWARF LADY A BEARD!!!! My skin is clear and my crops are flourishing because of that decision alone. And that page towards the end where Lucretia (the Director) breaks down in despair after the gang leaves her office??? Like a punch to the gut, except I loved it!All I can say is that I'll be a crazy, passionate fan of everything the McElroys do for the the rest of my forseeable existence and Carey's art is absolutely perfect. I'm already champing at the bit for the next one. <3
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    While "Here There Be Gerblins" was more of a copy+paste of the original Podcast, "Murder on the Rockport Limited" did a flawless job of adapting the best parts of the podcast while mindfully trimming and adding, to make the story well-rounded and well paced. A wonderful adaptation and well told story that's both dramatic and funny and just so good! Some key jokes are left out of the comic, but this book does well at being it's own thing and adding fresh jokes that leave you in stitches. We will While "Here There Be Gerblins" was more of a copy+paste of the original Podcast, "Murder on the Rockport Limited" did a flawless job of adapting the best parts of the podcast while mindfully trimming and adding, to make the story well-rounded and well paced. A wonderful adaptation and well told story that's both dramatic and funny and just so good! Some key jokes are left out of the comic, but this book does well at being it's own thing and adding fresh jokes that leave you in stitches. We will always have the moments from the Podcast, so let's see what the book has to offer! Also, wonderful art from Carrie, as always! Her panels are so detailed and have some truly powerful visuals. It's very emotional seeing our boys in action and our beloved side characters come to life and get more involved in the adventure. Looking forward to seeing this same treatment for Pedals to the Metal! If book two improved that much from the first, I can't wait for the nuance that three surely will have to offer
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  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    Three brothers and their dad started playing D&D and recorded themselves playing it. The podcast, The Adventure Zone, became so insanely popular, that we’re now getting the graphic novel treatment for the eight arcs of their campaign. What a world.Listening to this campaign play out over the years was a source of joy. Griffin, the DM,is a natural storyteller, and the familial bonds of the players elevates the comedy and camaraderie with each episode. The story got good, then really good, the Three brothers and their dad started playing D&D and recorded themselves playing it. The podcast, The Adventure Zone, became so insanely popular, that we’re now getting the graphic novel treatment for the eight arcs of their campaign. What a world.Listening to this campaign play out over the years was a source of joy. Griffin, the DM,is a natural storyteller, and the familial bonds of the players elevates the comedy and camaraderie with each episode. The story got good, then really good, then fucking BRILLIANT towards the end, and new podcast episode releases turned into midnight listening parties across the nation. So there’s a lot to live up to when translating this story to a new medium. Will the story still make sense? Will the humor still hit? Will the audience still empathize with the characters? Yup.Carey Pietsch once again brings these characters to life on the page, all 220 of them, as Merle, Taako, and Magnus are assigned to recover another artifact from a train station... but their contact has been murdered. What follows is a murder mystery that introduces one of the best characters in the whole TAZ universe (Angus MacDonald, Kid Detective) and some real clever planning and execution by the heroes. Of course they screw up a lot, making things way harder for themselves, but it makes it so much more entertaining watching them claw their way out of it, while making us laugh along the way.Even if you haven’t listened to the podcast, pick up vol 1 (Here there be Gerblins) and now this new entry for some entertaining fantasy role play with surprising heart and depth.
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  • Travis Riddle
    January 1, 1970
    Another great entry in The Adventure Zone's "Balance" series. It's really amazing getting graphic novel adaptations of this story. It's truly a fantastic tale, filled with interesting and surprising plot twists, fun and deep characters, and tons of varied, wild locales. While I loved the story, I'm not keen to re-listen to over 70 hours of content, so being able to relive it in this more easily digestible form with absolutely beautiful artwork accompanying it is great. This second volume improve Another great entry in The Adventure Zone's "Balance" series. It's really amazing getting graphic novel adaptations of this story. It's truly a fantastic tale, filled with interesting and surprising plot twists, fun and deep characters, and tons of varied, wild locales. While I loved the story, I'm not keen to re-listen to over 70 hours of content, so being able to relive it in this more easily digestible form with absolutely beautiful artwork accompanying it is great. This second volume improves on the first by beginning to tweak the story a bit, given the family's knowledge now of where everything leads to, so they know what scenes were filler and not really necessary as well as the deeper mythology of the characters and plot (which allowed them to create a powerful new scene at the end of this book that was not present in the podcast version). Luckily there's a teaser at the end of the book promising a third book coming, and I really hope we get an adaptation of the entire storyline, because this is a fantastic fantasy story that everyone should be reading, brought to life by tight writing and breathtaking artwork.
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    The short version of any TAZ Balance review is just "god, I love Taako so much" but I'll try to say a few other things as well ;) This is probably my favorite campaign from Balance, although some of my favorite parts aren't really translated to this graphic novel adaptation. Still, all the characters and character designs are great and Clint does an amazing job of taking all their disorganized rambling from the podcast and translating into a much more linear and well-paced story. Also, I don't k The short version of any TAZ Balance review is just "god, I love Taako so much" but I'll try to say a few other things as well ;) This is probably my favorite campaign from Balance, although some of my favorite parts aren't really translated to this graphic novel adaptation. Still, all the characters and character designs are great and Clint does an amazing job of taking all their disorganized rambling from the podcast and translating into a much more linear and well-paced story. Also, I don't know why but them ragging on Jenkins about his spell slots is one of the most hilarious things in the whole series to me so I enjoyed that a lot here. Definitely makes me want to go back and listen to the podcast version though because they obviously cut out all the parts where they just could not figure out ANY part of Griffin's puzzles in this one and he finally got so frustrated that he basically had the NPCs solve most of it for them. I get why they took it out here, but it just absolutely killed me in the show because I was like oh my god Griffin, you have vastly over-estimated how smart your entire family is lol. Looking forward to the next one because I had a VERY hard time visualizing what was happening with all the racing in an audio format so I'm hoping I will like the graphic novel version a lot better for that.
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  • Kales
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THE ADVENTURE ZONE. I will also be biased towards these books. I don't even care. It's a brilliant adaptation. And yes, it's an adaptation of the podcast. There are some significant changes in this one. We don't get the centipede fight, or the monster Bureau initiation fight. There is also a different ending to this one but the spirit, and the humor is still the same at the podcast.I am obsessed with Griffin's character and the metafictional aspect of this graphic novel. I also love how i I LOVE THE ADVENTURE ZONE. I will also be biased towards these books. I don't even care. It's a brilliant adaptation. And yes, it's an adaptation of the podcast. There are some significant changes in this one. We don't get the centipede fight, or the monster Bureau initiation fight. There is also a different ending to this one but the spirit, and the humor is still the same at the podcast.I am obsessed with Griffin's character and the metafictional aspect of this graphic novel. I also love how it still makes me laugh out loud. You instantly remember moments from the podcast that make it into the story -- even the smallest details like the Kenny Chesney tattoo. It's so great.Also, this art is incredible! Casey does a fantastic job and I can't image the work she puts into these projects. I seriously hope they continue the whole series. I will wait each year for these until I'm 40 if needed.Conclusion: Keep
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Stunningly imaginative. Pietsch's designs and Clint's narrative expertise combine to make a POWERFUL expansion on the TAZ universe you know and love. How she manages to create characters that are the perfect fit for the ones we have in our heads I'll never know! And I'm especially excited about the inclusion of background narratives that Griffin couldn't key us in on until the very end of the podcast--Lucretia's heartbreak and frustration, Barry's quest to rejoin his family... it's really excell Stunningly imaginative. Pietsch's designs and Clint's narrative expertise combine to make a POWERFUL expansion on the TAZ universe you know and love. How she manages to create characters that are the perfect fit for the ones we have in our heads I'll never know! And I'm especially excited about the inclusion of background narratives that Griffin couldn't key us in on until the very end of the podcast--Lucretia's heartbreak and frustration, Barry's quest to rejoin his family... it's really excellent work. Special shout-out to the PERFECT *chef's kiss* representation of Garfield the Deals Warlock. I literally laughed out loud. Bravo. A marvelous sequel. Can't wait for the next one!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Of course this was a delight! Great things all around: lots of little inside jokes for podcast people, a very very good Angus McDonald (the best character?!?), and an extremely good Garfield the Deals Warlock.
  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa
    January 1, 1970
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    This automatically gets five stars because of Angus
  • Alex Schwartz
    January 1, 1970
    This might be a bit of a biased review. I'm a huge fan of the Adventure Zone and borderline obsessed with the McElroys in general. There was no way I wasn't going to love this, especially after the fantastic first volume. Murder on the Rockport Limited improves on the first volume in almost every way and, just like the podcast, is where the real core of the Adventure Zone kicks off.What I Liked-The art. Carey Pietsch had already set the tone of this series of graphic novels in the first volume, This might be a bit of a biased review. I'm a huge fan of the Adventure Zone and borderline obsessed with the McElroys in general. There was no way I wasn't going to love this, especially after the fantastic first volume. Murder on the Rockport Limited improves on the first volume in almost every way and, just like the podcast, is where the real core of the Adventure Zone kicks off.What I Liked-The art. Carey Pietsch had already set the tone of this series of graphic novels in the first volume, but she continues to absolutely nail it in Rockport. This volume introduces some beloved characters, most notably Angus McDonald, and Pietsch's versions of each is so perfect. Every panel is absolutely gorgeous as well.-The transition from audio to visual. Seriously. I don't know how they pulled this off so well. The Adventure Zone is a mostly improved podcast, but they manage to both tell the story in a satisfying way and transfer over many of the goofs, pop culture references, and family banter in a way that fits in the visual format. This was true in the first volume as well, but I still can't get over how well they translated it here.-The story. The first volume, Here there be Gerblins, is the introduction to the world and the characters, but really sees the McElroys experimenting with the format (during the podcast). They did a great job of tightening up that arc for the graphic novel, but Murder on the Rockport Limited is the arc where things really start to pick up and I'm so excited for the continuation of the series.-The quality and love. There's a lot of little things in the graphic novel that are simply nice touches. There's obliviously inside jokes and easter eggs scattered throughout, but the thing I love the most is the section of fan art at the end of the book. The Adventure Zone has a ton of dedicated fans who produce all sorts of wonderful fan art and other content, so it's great to see the McElroys recognize and include that in the graphic novel.What I Didn't Like-Nothing. I told you above this would be a biased review. I love this series and these good good boys and can't wait for the next installment.
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  • Brenna Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Another stellar adaptation of my favorite podcast! I’m so glad that the McElroys got to continue these graphic novels because as they pull away from the actual copywrited DnD content and go into Griffin’s original arcs that there is going to be so much more room to play! This one lent itself so well to the comic format, and it was so nice to see all of these iconic characters that I’ve only ever been able to form in my head!I love how easily they were able to slip DM Griffin in, and how they use Another stellar adaptation of my favorite podcast! I’m so glad that the McElroys got to continue these graphic novels because as they pull away from the actual copywrited DnD content and go into Griffin’s original arcs that there is going to be so much more room to play! This one lent itself so well to the comic format, and it was so nice to see all of these iconic characters that I’ve only ever been able to form in my head!I love how easily they were able to slip DM Griffin in, and how they used Railsplitter, the Extreme Teen Bible, and the Umbrastaff to showcase who was speaking out of Magnus, Merle, and Taako (respectively) if we weren’t looking directly at them. Angus was everything I needed him to be and more, and I loved seeing more of Lucretia. There was a moment with just her with no dialogue that took my breath away, because it was something that couldn’t be included in an audio medium but worked so well for the moment it was in and will hit so hard for devoted listeners of the show as a whole.I cannot wait for Petals to the Metal to come out, as it is probably my second favorite arc, and the subject matter will be even more exciting than this one was to see actually play out on the page! I think the McElroys and Carey are doing such a wonderful job staying true to the podcast but also breathing new life into it for lovers of the show AND newbies to the Good Good Word of our McElBoys alike! I recommend this series and the show it’s based on to anyone who will listen to me.
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  • Celine
    January 1, 1970
    When they said they were cleaning up the narrative from the podcast they really meant cleaning up the narrative, huh? Also the foreshadowing....sweet fantasy jesus. When is the next one coming out? What, only 2020???????[spoilers] ************Luce's reaction to the umbrastaff killed me and then Barry at the end!!! "They noticed" yeah Barry fucking noticed. Fuck man. I really nearly cried. On the good side though: Garfield....is canonically the lasanga cat.....in disguise....I'm still not over it When they said they were cleaning up the narrative from the podcast they really meant cleaning up the narrative, huh? Also the foreshadowing....sweet fantasy jesus. When is the next one coming out? What, only 2020???????[spoilers] ************Luce's reaction to the umbrastaff killed me and then Barry at the end!!! "They noticed" yeah Barry fucking noticed. Fuck man. I really nearly cried. On the good side though: Garfield....is canonically the lasanga cat.....in disguise....I'm still not over it.
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  • Sarah Hayes
    January 1, 1970
    Just when you thought the TAZ graphic novels couldn't get any better, hot damn, it's MURDER TRAIN TIME! This is a perfect adaptation of the Rockport story arc from the Adventure Zone: Balance campaign. I love the artwork, I love the various framing conventions, every panel is perfection, and I covet Taako's outfits so hard. I am even more excited for the adaptation of Petals to the Metal than I was before reading this one, which is a lot. Also, Merle is like?? Super cute?? And I love this Cute W Just when you thought the TAZ graphic novels couldn't get any better, hot damn, it's MURDER TRAIN TIME! This is a perfect adaptation of the Rockport story arc from the Adventure Zone: Balance campaign. I love the artwork, I love the various framing conventions, every panel is perfection, and I covet Taako's outfits so hard. I am even more excited for the adaptation of Petals to the Metal than I was before reading this one, which is a lot. Also, Merle is like?? Super cute?? And I love this Cute Wee Rude Cleric so much. The art style really fits his character.PS: I would gladly perish for Jess the Beheader, an amazing woman that could easily crush me with her bare hands.
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    Another charming retelling of this story arc from TAZ podcast-- I so enjoyed revisiting this particular entry, and especially enjoyed seeing Angus & Jenkins brought to life. I also love that they put fan art in the back as a bonus. Recommended as a funny fantasy graphic novel for folks who love Murder on the Orient Express (there is one Christie Easter egg that I absolutely adored!)
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Not much to say except I love the McElroys so damn much :') Also the art in this is so so beautiful and absolutely perfect for the story! ps. The views expressed in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Indigo Books & Music Inc. or any of its subsidiaries. #IndigoEmployee
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  • Blanca
    January 1, 1970
    This arc was one of my top 5 from the campaign. I didn't remember it so well but all their shenanigans around Jenkins put me right back on track. I just love the McElroys and all of their chaotic energy. I'm really looking forward to get the whole campaign captured in these amazing comic books.Carey Pietsch makes them super cute and adorable but also fierce and astounding.
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  • Mallory Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I’m sure I said this for the first book but as a visual learner, having the graphic novels has added so much to my experience with TAZ. Things I may have missed in the podcast become a lot clearer seeing it on paper, particularly with the train puzzle. The graphic novels are a perfect companion. Additionally, the fan art in the back is a great addition. Can’t wait for the later arcs!
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  • Joey Nardinelli
    January 1, 1970
    Still the perfect companion pieces to the podcast. I wish all adaptations could work like this, with plenty preserved from the original but also weaving in richer character development, scene and word building, and fourth wall-breaking elements to enhance the overall pacing and hilarity. I am so excited for Petals to the Metal, which at least for me was the moment where the podcast really began to click. I think this graphic novel though is the moment where this genre interpretation really click Still the perfect companion pieces to the podcast. I wish all adaptations could work like this, with plenty preserved from the original but also weaving in richer character development, scene and word building, and fourth wall-breaking elements to enhance the overall pacing and hilarity. I am so excited for Petals to the Metal, which at least for me was the moment where the podcast really began to click. I think this graphic novel though is the moment where this genre interpretation really clicks into the right cadence that I hope carries everything through the remainder of Balance.
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  • Evan Dragic
    January 1, 1970
    I will never not give 5 stars to these stories. And all hail Ango, the perfect boy.
  • Maisie Iven
    January 1, 1970
    my local bookstore accidentally sold me this early!!! Oops!!!So so so good! Super funny and great art! One thing I was really aware of was there were more changes from the podcast than the previous book, but I really didn’t mind! I felt like it was better streamlined and it moved really well!
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I read one of the Adventure Zone graphic novels I am absolutely astounded at how well Carey Pietsch adapted the auditory experience of the podcast into the gorgeous visual world of the graphic novels. Everything, from the spot-on character expressions to the minute details in the background is just so, so good. SO GOOD! Everyone that worked to put this book together should be commended, but dag I am just so blown away by Carey Pietsch's work. I'm a huge fan of the podcast, but the gra Every time I read one of the Adventure Zone graphic novels I am absolutely astounded at how well Carey Pietsch adapted the auditory experience of the podcast into the gorgeous visual world of the graphic novels. Everything, from the spot-on character expressions to the minute details in the background is just so, so good. SO GOOD! Everyone that worked to put this book together should be commended, but dag I am just so blown away by Carey Pietsch's work. I'm a huge fan of the podcast, but the graphic novels do such a good job at preserving those good good goofs while cutting away a lot of the -uh- less good stuff. The end-story plot lines start to take shape much earlier, too, which I honestly think makes the story much tighter. I almost wish I could read this without having listened to the podcast to see what it would read like with fresh eyes. All in all, another AMAZING Adventure! I can't wait for Petals to Metal to come out!
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  • Bailey TaraBori
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun in this volume? Arc? Chapter? Good goofs from the podcast made it in, and they felt natural. Angus was 10/10, perfect and just how I always imagined him, and I absolutely adored Jess's design. The foreshadowing was strong in this one, and there was a very specific page that really hit me where it hurts. I also loved the unique addition that wasn't a part of the original story. It added something thats makes the rest of the story even better, so I was pretty pleased.I have one complai So much fun in this volume? Arc? Chapter? Good goofs from the podcast made it in, and they felt natural. Angus was 10/10, perfect and just how I always imagined him, and I absolutely adored Jess's design. The foreshadowing was strong in this one, and there was a very specific page that really hit me where it hurts. I also loved the unique addition that wasn't a part of the original story. It added something thats makes the rest of the story even better, so I was pretty pleased.I have one complaint, and it's that the joke about Angus's grandfather's name did not make it in, but that's forgivable because we got the "It's me, your Dungeon Master and best friend!" line.Super excited for Petals
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  • Mary Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm mostly caught up in the emotions of the foreshadowing at the moment, if I'm honest, but the boys and Carey are absolutely nailing it with this adaptation. I have nothing but good things to say. Go listen to the podcast if you haven't already -- you can definitely read these without having listened, which is an aspect of this adaptation that I really appreciate, but I still can't recommend the podcast enough.Best parts of this adaptation: foreshadowing that works for both people who have list I'm mostly caught up in the emotions of the foreshadowing at the moment, if I'm honest, but the boys and Carey are absolutely nailing it with this adaptation. I have nothing but good things to say. Go listen to the podcast if you haven't already -- you can definitely read these without having listened, which is an aspect of this adaptation that I really appreciate, but I still can't recommend the podcast enough.Best parts of this adaptation: foreshadowing that works for both people who have listened to the podcast and people who haven't, little details, character designs, emotional moments, dramatic moments, funny moments. Everything.
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  • Russ K
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, but only vaguely familiar with Adventure Zone. I also just straight up skipped Book 1 - this one was on sale. But I didn't feel like I missed too much. Aside from a few minor references, everything from the previous book that's important to the plot is explained. It is definitely not a fantasy adventure story to enjoy on its own. It is 100% a few guys playing Dungeons and Dragons, with no effort to avoid meta gaming or pop culture references. There were even po I'm a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, but only vaguely familiar with Adventure Zone. I also just straight up skipped Book 1 - this one was on sale. But I didn't feel like I missed too much. Aside from a few minor references, everything from the previous book that's important to the plot is explained. It is definitely not a fantasy adventure story to enjoy on its own. It is 100% a few guys playing Dungeons and Dragons, with no effort to avoid meta gaming or pop culture references. There were even points when I was thinking, "Hey, is the writer solving his own mystery through an NPC?"I found it funny and enjoyable, and reading a graphic novel is a lot easier than listening to hours of podcasts. But this is a book for fans of roleplaying games if not the podcast itself.
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  • Brittney
    January 1, 1970
    Was I impatient and could wait for my preorder that so t be at my house until the 22, so I drove out to Barnes and Noble to buy this on release day? Yes, and it was worth it! The art style is beautiful and the story is just as good with the changes as the original podcast episodes. And the new ending...I just love.
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