On The Cheap: Pay What You Want For Rogers And DiVito’s ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ In This Week’s Humble Bundle
This week's Humble Book Bundle is built around Dungeons & Dragons comics, and while there are a whole lot of comics in there, I'm going to go ahead and guess that whether or not you're going to enjoy a lot of them depends entirely on how you feel about Drizzt Do'Urden, most noble of the dark elves of Menzoberranzan and the twin scimitars that he uses to battle the evil of Faerûn alongside his astral panther Guenhwyvar. If that's your jam, well, you don't need any more convincing to get over there and check it out.
If it's not, well, you still need to get over there and check it out, because you can pay whatever the heck you want for John Rogers and Andrea DiVito's 2011 run on Dungeons & Dragons, one of the best fantasy comics of all time.
Back when Rat Queens first started, I mentioned that it was the perfect book to fill the Rogers-and-DiVito shaped hole that was left in my heart when Dungeons & Dragons went on more-or-less permanent hiatus, but the reverse of that holds true as well. If you like Rat Queens but you haven't read D&D, then there's a pretty good chance you'll get a kick out of the similar --- but slightly less foulmouthed --- dynamics of Adric Fell and his gang of hapless but relatively well-meaning adventurers.
As you might expect given the source material, the book is built around these massive, instantly exciting set pieces, like an exploding orphanage full of flesh-eating street urchins or the old standard of an underground Dwarven crypt full of deathtraps --- and while I'm not sure if it holds true for the digital version, the original issues also included playable versions of each one as mini-adventures you could adapt to a tabletop game. That said, the emphasis is always on the character interaction, and that's what makes the book work.
The three volumes of Dungeons & Dragons --- which sadly collect the entire series --- are currently in the pay-what-you-want tier, which means you can get them for as little as a buck. If, however, you want to pay more --- and you should, since the Humble Bundle is, as always, handing your money over to a worthy cause --- there's plenty more in there too:
The Dungeons & Dragons bundle runs through August 26.