Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury #1 – Review
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Netho Diaz
Colors by Thiago Ribeiro
Letters by Neil Uyetake
Published by IDW Publishing
This is the third Dungeons & Dragons mini-series featuring this particular band of heroes. After narrowly escaping the terrifying – Strahd, Lord of Ravenloft and a vampire of enormous power, our heroes find themselves teleported to the frozen northern reaches of the Forgotten Realms, injured, unprepared and in low spirits.
Whether you are an old school tabletop gamer, video RPGer or just a fan of fantasy, you can enjoy this epic and slightly silly tale of action and adventure. You do not need to know an Ogre from a Hill Giant to enjoy the swords and sorcery of Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury. This is the first issue in the miniseries and while you may want to read the previous two mini-series featuring these characters, Legends of Baldur’s Gate and Shadows of the Vampire, it isn’t strictly necessary to enjoy this tale.
The author sets the landscape of the story quickly without gratuitous exposition and provides just enough detail to ensure the reader understands character motivation and group dynamic. He catches you up deftly and jumps right into the action showcasing the group’s talents and personalities. This is actually a stronger start than the first two mini-series. Jim Zub seems to have hit his stride and really found the characters voices, something I thought was somewhat lacking in the last mini-series. While Minsc, the over-the-top ranger and his battle companion, the miniature giant space hamster – Boo, seemed to steal every panel in Shadows of the Vampire, the other heroes sparkled just as bright in this issue.
The artistic team of Diaz and Ribeiro due a great job in this issue. The landscape, the heroes and the action all stand out as fun and exciting. The ogres in particular, their unique features, were a welcome sight. Too often an artist will make the throw away monsters in this type of fantasy book uniform in appearance, forgettable clones. I am happy to report that is not the case here. I can’t wait to see what they do with the Frost Giants.
Full disclosure: Nostalgia for the days of late night gaming sessions in a friend’s garage fueled by Mountain Dew and Doritos may have colored this review a bit. That being said, I enjoyed this book thoroughly and the last panel has me itching for the next issue. I am all in on Dungeons & Dragons: Frost Giant’s Fury.
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