The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins

The time has come to review my first graphic novel! It’s been a while since I read one for some reason. So, let’s review The Adventure Zone! This one is going to be a quickie, so let’s jump in!

I’ll start off by saying that I went into this book having already been a fan of the podcast by the same name, as well as the other podcasts that the McElroys produce. In fact, I usually listen to podcasts while I type up these reviews, and often it’s one of theirs. So, I had really high hopes for this book.

For some context: the book is the adaptation of the podcast The Adventure Zone. That podcast consists of Clint, Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy playing a father/sons game of Dungeons and Dragons. For the Here there be Gerblins arc, Griffin is the dungeon master, and Clint, Justin, and Travis are the players. Clint’s character is Merle Highchurch, a dwarven cleric. Justin’s character is Taako, an elven mage, and Travis’ character is Magnus Burnsides, a human fighter. They’ve been hired by Merle’s uncle Bogard to make a delivery to his bodyguard Barry Bluejeans.

In brief, I liked the book. I think it’s a good way for fans to see the characters brought to life, and I think it’s a good way to catch up on the first arc for new listeners. Carey Pietsch’s art really brings it together in a playful, fun way.

I would recommend this book to anyone that likes adventure and farcical comedy. It’s a fun romp with memorable characters that left me wanting more. Which is good since apparently there is going to be a sequel.

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