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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.
A Murderously Good Time
Carey Pietsch and Clint McElroy deliver once more with this stellar sequel to the first graphic novel in the The Adventure Zone series. Packing in even more references to the podcasts the McElroys’ empire is built on, this slightly self-aware adaptation is more strongly weaved into the overarching story with the momentary appearance of a certain robed figure (as well as Clint taking the opportunity to fix a hilariously underwhelming joke in the podcast serving as a callback to those who remember it). It’s easy to see that the illustrations are stellar as always, with detailed backgrounds packing in little references and foreshadowing characters that have a more prominent role later on. If the first book was a good time, this one is definitely a must-read.