Published by: IDW Publishing
Written by: John Rogers
Art by: Andrea Di Vito
Colored by: Aburtov & Graphikslava
Lettered by: Chris Mowry
Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Consulting Editor: Andy Scmidt
Covers: A- Tyler Walpole; B- Wayne Reynolds
The first issue starts up a couple days after the zero issue, with the Tiefling Tisha joining the small band. With a few words, we’re given some mysteries about the main cast. We also get a look at their relationship with eachother. Rogers does a good job of setting the tone. These are adventurers. They aren’t good, they aren’t bad, they’re out to make a buck and they tend to have some fun well doing it. They realize how dangerous their chosen profession is, and they treat it as such. Not with fear but with respect and a bit of bravado and humor.
There are spots that reinforce that these aren’t necessarily friends, but comrades in arms that may not like eachother very much.
And the book has humor. Not in large doses, but in witty banter between them. It helps create the feel that these are seasoned veterans that have worked together for awhile.
And Bree Three-Hands is a fun character.
The characters nonchalance to what is occuring around them, helps convey that this is par for the course for them. That they tend to respond with humor and sarcasm also helps set the tone that these are true adventurers and that the mundane is not something they encounter on a regular basis.
Rogers script is strong, each character having their own voice. To an extent. There are some spots where the individual voice is lost. The characters are well developed, at least so far. Little bits of personality shine through with the little moments.
There are also glimpses of the wider world and more characters that have passed through the small bands lives. There are pasts to these characters that get hinted at, not all of them, but a couple.
Rogers does a good job of establishing the small band, their personalities and their lives in this first issue. Now it’s time for the fun to begin and it looks like it will be a fun ride well staying true to the spirit of the pen and paper game.
Di Vito’s art is solid. This is the type of book that he excels at. One of his earliest works was Brath from Crossgen, which was a similar type of environment and story. He’s got a good grasp on the features of the characters already.
His storytelling is good. The pages flow smoothly and the layouts are easy to follow and keep the story moving.
The character sheet, usable in the D&D setting, is a nice touch. Being able to use these characters in a game setting is sure to appeal to fans. Now if I just knew people that played D&D, I wouldn’t mind taking Bree for a spin.
Dungeons & Dragons #1 receives
4 out of 5
This looks like it’ll be a fun ride for fantasy fans.