Hey all, Sam here.
Because I’m writing this up a little early, I can’t say exactly how Fan Expo Cleveland is going, but I expect it’s going pretty well. Saturdays tend to be the busy day at most conventions, so hopefully it’s going well for us. It would honestly be really cool to sell most of what Mousai Crafts has available on the table. If you’re in Cleveland, Ohio, for Fan Expo Cleveland, swing by Artists Alley and say hello….and talk about D&D with us, if you want. Or books. Or writing. I love any kind of geeky conversation.
It’s been a while since I last did a comic review, but I said I wanted to review all of the prequels for “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves,” so here we go. This is the last of the prequels for the movie, and it seems a perfect time, because the movie comes out in less than a week (here in the US, anyway). I sincerely cannot wait to go see it again, because it was such a fun time.
Anyway, let’s go ahead and jump into the review.
Before you catch Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, in theaters March 31, 2023, make sure to pick up this must-read prequel comic!
When their latest heist ends in failure, Edgin and his band of thieves find themselves stranded in a town under siege! The Bandit King and his thugs have been extorting the locals for years, but nothing is what it seems, and, as the Feast of the Moon begins, a greater evil lurks.
Edgin and his friends—roguish Forge, barbarian Holga, and sorcerer Simon—promise to help, but will they honor their word? Or will the unlikely heroes abandon the last of the Harper principles Edgin used to hold so dear?
Then, in a special bonus story, the paladin known as Xenk swore to protect an artifact of dangerous and mysterious power. But the terrors of the Underdark will test his oath more than he could have imagined!
Discover how the lovable and hilarious heroes of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves landed themselves in an unforgettable adventure with these thrilling tales set before the events of the film!
Rating: 5 stars
This was the fastest read of all of the prequel options, mostly because it is shorter and there are a lot of pictures. We also get two different stories/adventures in this one, which was pretty entertaining.
This is also the only prequel to feature the paladin Xenk, and mentions an artifact that comes into play during the movie as well, as well as a brief mention as to how Xenk is loosely tied to the main adventuring party of Edgin and friends. So, I guess I’ll talk about his story, which is the second story of the comic, first.
We get to understand a little more about Xenk, who is a very stereotypical stick up his butt, rule-abiding paladin…and honestly it’s amazing. While we don’t get to see a whole lot of action or paladin awesomeness, I think we get to see just enough to catch our interest, and make us look forward to when we run into Xenk in the film (and we do get to see plenty of paladin epicness in the movie).
But Xenk is an interesting character, and I think I would have liked to have had more with him. It’s entirely possible that we didn’t get more than this little comic because it could have led to spoilers for the movie…but hey, maybe in a few months or a year or something we could get a Xenk novel, that gives us even more adventuring with him. That would be cool.
Okay, back to the first story in this comic bind-up prequel…The Feast of the Moon gives us another small adventure with Edgin, Holga, Forge, and Simon. Wow, this party has been through some interesting times, and has encountered a lot of various creatures, including a number of classic beasts and monsters from D&D lore.
It’s kind of fun to experience these adventures, and follow a party that is fairly decently balanced, although it’s also clear they have a few points of weakness when it comes to the prequel party makeup. It just makes it even more clear that they need to form up a better team in the movie.
I’ve really tried to refrain from spoilers for the movie with these prequel reviews, especially after going to the early screening. And I know David and I will want to do a review of the movie, but we’ll try to wait a week or two after the official release date…because our review of the film will have spoilers in it. So…I guess stay tuned for that in a couple weeks.
That is all from me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with more geeky content.
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