Utterly Dwarfed (The Order of the Stick #6)
Here comes the sixth volume of The Order of the Stick, the fantasy-comedy webcomic that everyone agrees gets longer with each book released! In Utterly Dwarfed, the Order is on their way north to save the world in style, thanks to their new friends on a cool pirate airship. Little do they suspect that while they deal with monsters and the usual plot stuff, one of their own is facing a battle inside their own mind! (It's Durkon, obviously.) And when the gods themselves start taking a closer interest in Roy's band of misfit heroes, this action-packed adventure ends up having repercussions so big, we couldn't fit them on the page! With almost five years of comics, this mammoth collection is our longest book yet (not counting the previous one). Here's what you'll find inside:All of the comics from #947 to, uh, the end of this story arc!More than 10 all-new bonus comics here and there throughout the adventure!A recap of events to-date by "Durkon Thundershield." (wink, wink!)Foreword by Haley Starshine!A never-before-seen map of the Northern Continent!Nine or so pages of navel-gazing author commentary!A new moderately improved art style that makes some things look better and others worse!Probably some other stuff!

Utterly Dwarfed (The Order of the Stick #6) Details

TitleUtterly Dwarfed (The Order of the Stick #6)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 9th, 2019
PublisherGiant in the Playground Games
Rating
GenreFantasy, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Humor, Comedy, Games, Role Playing Games

Utterly Dwarfed (The Order of the Stick #6) Review

  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Look, by this point you know what you are getting with an Order of the Stick book: zany adventures, epic fantasy action, RPG humor, and oh so many puns. It is one of my favorite pieces of fantasy, which is saying a lot for a webcomic about bumbling stock figure adventurers.While there is little in the way of new material in this book as compared to what was available online. What this book does offer is a great deal of insight into the creative process and decisions that have done into this Look, by this point you know what you are getting with an Order of the Stick book: zany adventures, epic fantasy action, RPG humor, and oh so many puns. It is one of my favorite pieces of fantasy, which is saying a lot for a webcomic about bumbling stock figure adventurers.While there is little in the way of new material in this book as compared to what was available online. What this book does offer is a great deal of insight into the creative process and decisions that have done into this series. I found it quite insightful and fascinating, and it gave me a greater appreciation for all the plotting and thought that has gone into this amazing webcomic.And if you haven’t given Order of the Stick a spin yet, what are you waiting for? You’re only hurting yourself.
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  • Juho Pohjalainen
    January 1, 1970
    Five years?! Sheesh, that's even longer than I thought it had been. The story works so much better all read at the same time, rather than one page a week.
  • Mary Catelli
    January 1, 1970
    The Order of the Stick book 6. Serious spoilers for earlier works ahead, as this one makes little sense without them.Starting with its opening with Durkon as a vampire, which means that a vampire spirit is running his body and holding him prisoner in his own head.This leads to a lot of incidents of his memories. Meanwhile the quest to save the world goes on with some sidequests and subplots. Belkar's awareness that Durkon is not really Durkon. A thread for Halley's past gets tied off and shows The Order of the Stick book 6. Serious spoilers for earlier works ahead, as this one makes little sense without them.Starting with its opening with Durkon as a vampire, which means that a vampire spirit is running his body and holding him prisoner in his own head.This leads to a lot of incidents of his memories. Meanwhile the quest to save the world goes on with some sidequests and subplots. Belkar's awareness that Durkon is not really Durkon. A thread for Halley's past gets tied off and shows her growth. A fight with giants that goes reasonably smoothly except for drama on the ship. The discovery that the gods are discussing what to do -- it really has reached such a pitch that can be a subplot. Death. A steampunk gnome city. And more.
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  • Karl Muller
    January 1, 1970
    This supposedly-penultimate collection of Burlew's webcomic really shines in the author's commentaries; there is a lot of plot advancement and story happening in this installment, and gaining a peek behind the scenes of how it came together was very interesting.As usual, the content is great because the original webcomic is great, and there are a few additional bonus pages woven in. But forget about it being a webcomic (or, in this form, a graphic novel) - this is another amazing installment of This supposedly-penultimate collection of Burlew's webcomic really shines in the author's commentaries; there is a lot of plot advancement and story happening in this installment, and gaining a peek behind the scenes of how it came together was very interesting.As usual, the content is great because the original webcomic is great, and there are a few additional bonus pages woven in. But forget about it being a webcomic (or, in this form, a graphic novel) - this is another amazing installment of a well-told story that just happens to be told with the trappings of D&D and similar fantasy genre tropes. Ten quatloos on Burlew flipping this into a mini-series when it's all done... and I'll be there for it.
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  • John Driscoll
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant as always. Order of the Stick is my favorite webcomic for a reason, and has been consistently good for more than a decade now (the update schedule is another matter, of course). While it's still very much a story based in 3.5 Dungeons & Dragons, by this part of the story having knowledge of D&D isn't really necessary anymore. This is epic fantasy with a self-aware parody style that can be funny without undermining the dramatic tension. I'm sad to think there will be only one Brilliant as always. Order of the Stick is my favorite webcomic for a reason, and has been consistently good for more than a decade now (the update schedule is another matter, of course). While it's still very much a story based in 3.5 Dungeons & Dragons, by this part of the story having knowledge of D&D isn't really necessary anymore. This is epic fantasy with a self-aware parody style that can be funny without undermining the dramatic tension. I'm sad to think there will be only one more volume before the story ends.
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  • Evan
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first physical book I've read for Order of the Stick (mostly because I can't resist reading the web comic) but the behind the scenes interludes and the comfort of reading it in book form make it worth it. That, and I wanted to finally financially support the author whose work I've been reading for well over a decade. Can't wait until the final book is released!
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  • Brian Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    While it's possible to read these on line. reading Burlew's thoughts on the process and plotting of the series - never mind not having any buttons to push or time lag on changing pages - make it well worth the investment in the physical copy. Burlew is doing definitive stuff here in terms of RPG storytelling and I'm more than willing to be along for the ride for the remaining volume.
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  • Jesse
    January 1, 1970
    The penultimate volume of OOTS (the main story, at least). As always, fun, entertaining, well written, strong worldbuilding. The story holds together a lot better when read over a few days than the 5 years it took to appear on the web. If you're a fan of the series, definitely worth a read. If you're not, it might be better to start at an earlier volume.
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  • Ben
    January 1, 1970
    Starts off slow, with a couple of potentially unneeded digressions, but really sticks the climactic moment.
  • Abby Paul
    January 1, 1970
    The bonus material is great and I love the secondary characters presented in this collection.
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