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Dungeons & Dragons Volume 1: Shadowplague HC [Hardcover]

Andrea Di Vito
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12 July 2011 Dungeons & Dragons
Beginning a new era in Dungeons & Dragons history! The genre-defining roleplaying game gets its first ongoing series in years! Join writer John Rogers (Blue Beetle) and artist Andrea Di Vito (Annihilation) as they bring us a tale of high adventure and deep secrets. Adric Fell leads a band of heroes in a world where civilization has been reduced to a few scattered points of light amid a rising tide of shadows.

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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (12 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600109225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600109225
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 22.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 4 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
Very entertaining stuff. The artwork, plot, and characterization are all top-notch, and the dialogue really feels like it's coming from a bunch of D&D players. Lots of action, lots of humour, interesting characters ... highly recommended.

Plus, if you're a D&D fourth edition player, there are a couple of adventures in the back ... although the plots for them may be somewhat familiar by that point ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a D&D comic ... 3 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
... that feels as if it is written by the players. The dialogue almost feels like an episode of 'FireFly' as the banter between the party is very fluid and comical. Anyone who enjoys D&D and comics - this is a must. And any who have never played D&D, but enjoy comics - get this as you'll soon realise the enjoyment us players get out of the game. Don't worry about the usual slow start with background stories like with other comics, as this collection throws you straight into the action and you find yourself immediately warming to the heroes.
This book does look from the outside like one of the rule books, so it'll fit in with your D&D collection quite nicely. Also, please note that this collection covers comics #0 to #5, as it doesn't mention this anywhere. The collection also includes a module of the story at the back of the book, so that you can play the comic with either your own characters, or the books.
This is a must read and I am now seriously addicted to the next comic - get it and join the adventure!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 9 July 2011
By Peter Faden - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read the first three of these when they came out as regular comics and enjoyed them. They are very well illustrated, and the dialogue is also quite excellent. It kind of reminds me of an actual gaming session, if the players had some time to tighten up their interplay and interaction a bit. Just the right amount of playful banter mixed in with a cool storyline, and characters everybody can appreciate. When the group encounters an orc raiding party attacking a caravan, and the orc leader ends up being quite a bit more intelligent than they figured, while still being a deadly warrior, i had to laugh a bit, as this was exactly how it would have played out on the tabletop. As often happens in gaming groups, every plan, whether well thought out or spur of the moment falls through, and yet luck prevails. The characters, and especially the Fighter leader continually find themselves in life or death situations, but always manage a self-deprecating quip or get to listen to one of their party members laughing at them as they stave off death in various forms (orcs, undead, dopplegangers, etc...).

I really enjoyed this. Additionally, it is bound just like a D&D Hardcover manual, which i really appreciated. Far more durable and user friendly than any other graphic novel or compilation i have ever purchased. The pre-order price was great $14.69. Five stars for this one. I think you will enjoy it. :)

p.s. I forgot to mention this earlier, but after #6 ends (set up as chapter six in this book), they have gone ahead and converted the first two chapters into D&D module form, set up for groups of 1st and 2nd level characters so you can play through as an actual adventure if you are so inclined.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No joke, this is really good! 29 Sep 2011
By Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been waiting for a comic to capture the way I wish my Dungeons and Dragons campaigns would go. The voice captured within this comic is fun, witty and appropriate. The art is excellent and detailed. Some of the art is so detailed that some of the sequential panels, especially with Bree the rogue and her "D&D Like" moves, tell a story themselves.

I highly recommend this book to any lover of fantasy, any one who played AD&D, lovers of D&D, or wished they could find people to play D&D.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Nearly Enough To Bring Me Back for Volume II 12 Mar 2013
By E. David Swan - Published on Amazon.com
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As a longtime fan of Dungeons and Dragons with no D&D group to satisfy my craving I've looked elsewhere to recapture the fun. The licensed D&D books are generally average to terrible and not worth my time. Only one new D&D video game is released every few years at most and my PC is junk. I was happy to see some good buzz being generated by the D&D series by IDW so I decided to give it a try. So does it send me back to my days in the late 80's playing D&D with my friends or is it another disappointment?

The series thrusts the reader immediately into the action with a group of adventures fighting a cave full of Gnolls. The group is composed of a warrior, thief, dwarf, elf and magic user. Not particularly creative but I'm cool with that because it sticks with the classic D&D template. I also liked the use of Gnolls since they are fairly unique to D&D. The next scene has the group conversing in a tavern when they are suddenly beset by zombie like humans smashing up through the floorboards. Already I was becoming concerned. Things happen very abruptly in the comic with little to no scene transition. It had the feel of a writer who has yet to master pacing and storytelling.

Several years back IGN gave issue 1 a 5.5 out of 10 which seems like a fair score. Where I part ways with IGN is on their assertion that the interactions of the characters was the saving grace of the issue. I actually found the snarky banter annoying and unfunny. I think back to the interactions in the Lord of the Rings and although they could be playful they were never goofy. Here, everyone is just on silly mode 24/7. I know people who I could lend this book to that I'm confident would find the dialogue hilarious but for me it was just a series of bad jokes from unserious characters. Maybe the writer was trying to emulate the chatter of people sitting playing D&D but I would hope for something better than the level of teenagers trying desperately to be humorous.

I will say that the issues presented in volume 1 improve through the book but never to the point where I would buy the second volume. The art is generic, the writing is unmemorable and it didn't rekindle the joy I had playing D&D in the least. There was one very cool part where several of the issues were broken down into campaign modules including stats and experience points of the enemies but it just wasn't nearly enough to buy another book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Around the Table 21 Aug 2012
By Christopher J. McGurr - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Book. It jumps right into the action and doesn't let up. It reads like a D&D session. Very fun!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rogers rolled a natural 20 with this one 27 Aug 2011
By P. A. Romei - Published on Amazon.com
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John Rogers and Andrea Di Vito bring to life an adventure that showcases the best aspects of a DnD adventure. Each step of the story is a blend of character, humor, and pell-mell encounters with a whose-who of fantasy aggressors. I find myself mentally tallying skill checks, encounter powers, critical hits, and what my DM calls "critical successes" or 1s.

I find the story inspiring, and it makes me yearn to start a game of my own, and the hardback offers some interesting fodder to build encounters for my own epic story.
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