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, “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.
Another stellar adaptation of my favorite podcast! I’m so glad that the McElroys got to continue these graphic novels because as they pull away from the actual copywrited DnD content and go into Griffin’s original arcs that there is going to be so much more room to play! This one lent itself so well to the comic format, and it was so nice to see all of these iconic characters that I’ve only ever been able to form in my head!
I love how easily they were able to slip DM Griffin in, and how they used Railsplitter, the Extreme Teen Bible, and the Umbrastaff to showcase who was speaking out of Magnus, Merle, and Taako (respectively) if we weren’t looking directly at them. Angus was everything I needed him to be and more, and I loved seeing more of Lucretia. There was a moment with just her with no dialogue that took my breath away, because it was something that couldn’t be included in an audio medium but worked so well for the moment it was in and will hit so hard for devoted listeners of the show as a whole.
I cannot wait for Petals to the Metal to come out, as it is probably my second favorite arc, and the subject matter will be even more exciting than this one was to see actually play out on the page! I think the McElroys and Carey are doing such a wonderful job staying true to the podcast but also breathing new life into it for lovers of the show AND newbies to the Good Good Word of our McElBoys alike! I recommend this series and the show it’s based on to anyone who will listen to me.