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, The Adventure Zone: 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.
“I was given a second chance in death.
Vengeance was offered and I was quick to accept.”
A man with no name has returned to the brutal town of Oasis. Ten years it has been since the Stranger ran this town with malice and harshness. Even then, there was hope for his soul. His wife and daughter were on the verge of turning him from wickedness. But they were murdered, and so was he. Now he has returned, hell-bent on killing.
Hidden within the Desert of the Dying Tree lies a town run by ruthless killers, a growing cancer upon the vast and volatile fantasy world of Asunda. Some say it’s a watering hole for the Devil. For one man, it’s a second chance at revenge… and a last chance at redemption.
<b>Would you damn yourself to save the ones you love?</b>
The Untamed: A Sinner's Prayer is set in the dark fantasy world of Asunda. Asunda was created by Stranger Comics founder and president Sebastian A. Jones over a 20 year period. A true labor of love, Asunda is unlike any other fantasy setting in existence. Developed in coordination with Stranger’s art director, anthropologist Darrell May, Asunda features an honest and oftentimes beautifully violent and savage approach to the medieval sword and sorcery genre, one where the world is exactly that... an entire world, filled with a variety of races which have evolved to suit their environment, not a decades old preconception of what elves and dwarves should be or how they should appear. If you like your fantasy with a touch of Sergio Leone, The Untamed is for you. If you think Clint Eastwood, Toshiro Mifune, or Richard Roundtree would have made bad ass elves, The Untamed is for you. If you want to see a wicked man return from the dead to choose between revenge and redemption... then The Untamed is definitely for you.
SEE! The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure!
READ! Their journey from small-time bodyguards to world-class artifact hunters!
MARVEL! At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in real time!
Join Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior for an adventure they are poorly equipped to handle AT BEST, guided ("guided") by their snarky DM, in a graphic novel that, like the smash-hit podcast it's based on, will tickle your funny bone, tug your heartstrings, and probably pants you if you give it half a chance.
With endearingly off-kilter storytelling from master goofballs Clint McElroy and the McElroy brothers, and vivid, adorable art by Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins is the comics equivalent of role-playing in your friend's basement at 2am, eating Cheetos and laughing your ass off as she rolls critical failure after critical failure.
“Good thing about an alleyway in my home town.
You can scream and no one will care."
A Stranger has returned to Oasis. A deal has been made. Seven souls for seven days. Now, he is holed up in a tavern cared for by a girl not old enough to remember his past. She radiates an innocence that defies his thirst for vengeance. But there is another soul to collect, and he shall find it within the brutal and blood soaked underbelly of the town: The Pit Fight Arena!
“She has a face that men kill for."
Love versus lust. Can a man tell the difference? Two souls have been claimed, but Stranger’s focus for killing is distracted by a beautiful woman from his past. He is drawn to her without knowing why, trapped in a game he cannot win. With his guard down, he is nearly caught when he discovers the man responsible for his family’s death – Phylax, the leader of the Kraven - and Stranger’s older brother.
“Do I look like a demon?"
A third soul has been reaped by Stranger, but the killing proved difficult. He was a friend, caught in a greater game than either knew. Perhaps not all men deserve to die at Stranger’s hand. And so, a boy is spared – Stutters, the young Kraven con man Stranger reared like a son. Now they both have a choice to make. Revenge or redemption.
“I will scream for you… like the old days.”
Stranger’s bond with the orphan Niobe has grown into a father’s conscience, leaving him vulnerable to betrayal once again and leading to a bloody battle with the mute Grachukk orc that left him victorious but exposed. Captured and imprisoned, the Stranger finally came face to face with his brother, Phylax. With the seventh day approaching, and the seventh soul waiting, Stranger at last called upon Arukas, the Untamed, for aid.
Now, the devil has answered... by sending his greatest sin.
“Not even hell can hold me!”
Feeling out of place, she finds comfort in an unlikely friend, a Sin-Grachukk (Half Orc) boy who has been accused of murdering one of the tribe.
Will Niobe discover the truth in time to save her new companion from certain execution? Or will her feelings get in the way?
Seek Paleblood to transcend the hunt!
Awakening in a city plagued by a twisted endemic – where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless Hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of Paleblood… the only escape from the endless Night of the Hunt!
Discover the terrifying secrets of Old Yharnam in this brand new comic series based upon Fromsoftware / Hidetaka Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed Bloodborne videogame!
Collects Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep #1-4
“Whether you’ve played or not, this is a nightmare worth dreaming!” – i09.com
An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito’s long-awaited return to the world of horror.-- VIZ Media