WOTC released a free comic entitled Crisis in Raimition - An adventurers Guide to D&D for the Free Comic Book Day event, on july 3, 2004.
Pencils / cover art : Scott Roller Story / inks : Matt Clarke
Inks : Matt Phillips Digital color / lettering : Zach Odil
You can find official WOTC review here.
The story is about a bunch of RPGers preparing a D&D game (creation of characters, etc) and then playing it. The story then depicts the characters' adventure.
To be fully honest, I would qualify this issue as a pure piece of shit.
No more no less... no offense heh XD
Part showing the gamers in "real life" is just a mix of caricatures and idealistic propaganda. Like, the guys are eating chips but they all look like fitness addicts. More, the players are 2 dudes and 2 gals... which is pretty much anti-sexism but really far from reality. (I dunno the stats but i do think at least 80% of RPGers are dudes...). On other hand, the DM is still a dude heh... o_O
|Be an adventurer...eat chips !|
But anyway, if the story is all but interesting, it s not where the novel falls short.
The ultimate fail is the graphics... man... they so suck. And the computer coloring and the cheap lettering are just adding to the mediocrity imo.
At least it was a free issue heh... I always try to find the good in the bad... but here... heh... more than a challenge to me. Even the adventure scenario, being so simplistic, is distressing...
The only good thing i could say of this issue is about the purpose the authors had. It s obvious they really wanted to create a understandable introduction to D&D (3.5) to the uninitiated public. But even with the best of intentions...
But well, this is marked D&D...this is a comic... this had to be in my collection...