Best Bets: Comixology’s ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Sale
I think we can all agree that the best comics are cheap comics, which is why I always keep an eye on Comixology's sales page to see if there are any good deals to be had. This week, they've announced a pretty big sale on IDW's Dungeons & Dragons comics, including all three collections of John Rogers and Andrea Di Vito's run from 2011 for five bucks each, and seriously? If you don't already have them, you need to get those immediately.
Dungeons & Dragons wasn't just a great licensed comic and it wasn't just a great fantasy comic, it was legitimately one of the best comics on the stands, period, and a pretty stellar example of the increasingly popular "group of adventurers inadvertently cause everything around them to explode in increasingly terrible ways" genre.
The series was focused on Level 7 Human FIghter Adric Fell and his group of adventurers as they dealt with your typical dungeon-crawling problems like an exploding orphanage, a group of flesh-eating children possessed by dark magic, and a doppelganger that was framing them for the crime. Then, in the second issue, things get even worse.
It's cleverly written, the characters fit the archetypes of the genre --- you know, the standoffish elf, the greedy rogue, the dwarf cleric who secretly writes love poems --- without ever feeling stale or predictable. In fact, it's the exact opposite, as Rogers and Di Vito take great care to change things up every time you start to feel like you know where it's going, twisting up all those RPG genre tropes into delightfully character-driven balloon animals.
Pretty much everything about this comic was as clever as it could be, to the point where the print hardcovers of the first three arcs were oversized to match D&D sourcebooks --- and even collected actual, playable adventures based on the events of the comic. I'm not sure if those made it to the digital edition, though.
Sadly, the series went on a hiatus after the first three arcs that seems like it's become more-or-less permanent, but the three arcs that exist are darn near perfect in how well they do fun, compelling fantasy.
If you're a fan of Order of the Stick or Rat Queens and you haven't already read Rogers and Di Vito's Dungeons & Dragons, then I can almost guarantee that you'll love it, and if you're a fan of smart, quippy action books like the Giffen/DeMatties/Maguire JLI, then you'll likely get a kick out of it too. And really, fifteen bucks for the whole run is a deal so good you should have to pass a diplomacy check to get it.
The IDW Dungeons & Dragons sale runs until Monday March 2nd.