The Adventure Zone by Clint McElroy

The Adventure Zone

Welcome to the Adventure Zone!SEE! The illustrated exploits of three lovable dummies set loose in a classic fantasy adventure!READ! Their journey from small-time bodyguards to world-class artifact hunters!MARVEL! At the sheer metafictional chutzpah of a graphic novel based on a story created in a podcast where three dudes and their dad play a tabletop role playing game in real time!Join Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the...

Details The Adventure Zone

TitleThe Adventure Zone
Release DateJul 17th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second
GenreFantasy, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Humor, Fiction

Reviews The Adventure Zone

  • Patrick
    I'm a big fan of The Adventure Zone podcast. So when the McElroys asked me if I wanted to write an introduction for the upcoming comic book adaptation, I gave an enthusiastic hell yes.I just re-read my Advance Reader Copy of the book, and rather than ramble on here, I'm going to print that introduction in its entirety, so you can see how I really feel about the book:* * *When it comes to the Adventure Zone, and the McElroys as a whole, I'll admit...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    That was freakin fun!! Mel That was freakin fun!! 😃Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • Charlotte
    Full disclosure: Merle has cast Zone of Truth, so this review is unreservedly honest.If you are anything like me, you're coming to this book with years of feverish McElroy sycophancy under the belt, many of which have been spent urgently foisting The Adventure Zone and My Brother, My Brother and Me upon poor unsuspecting friends. (The Donald Duck impressions bit is my go-to introductory bit.) But whether you're a superfan or a newcomer looking to...
  • Megan
    1. I cannot believe I snagged an ARC of this. Thanks, Macmillian. Honestly. I'm !!!!2. ALL RIGHT, GUYS, HERE WE GO: It's absolutely, 100%, exactly everything you always wanted.Carey Pietsch did an absolutely MAGNIFICENT job with the character designs. And the environment designs. And literally everything, to be honest. All of the artwork is stunning. It's hard to translate something purely auditory into a visual medium, especially something so be...
  • Paul
    I'm really, really biased here, so my rating counts for nothing.Some BackgroundI've been listening to a half-dozen McElroy (pronounced MAC-EL-ROY, not MIC-EHL-ROY — don't worry, it's a mistake everyone makes at first) podcasts for a couple of years now, The Adventure Zone among them. What initially started as a one-off "special" that the brothers did while Justin was on break from their first (and longest-running) series, My Brother, My Brother...
  • Tori
    I feel bad about this rating. Goodreads has two stars as meaning "it was ok" and that's really how I feel about this adaptation. It had almost none of the magic of the podcast. It tries to capture at times the goofy, playful feeling the original telling of the McElroys playing together and figuring out how to make D&D work, but these attempts, to me, fell flat and felt out of place. As such, the shining moments of the first arc of The Adventure Z...
  • David Schaafsma
    I mainly read this because it was a 2018 Goodreads Graphic Novel/Comics series nominee and I thought this year I would read the few I had not already read, but 1) I am not a gamer, nope never have been and 2) I am not particularly a fantasy guy. On the positive side of the ledger, I do like it that it is a father and sons project: I am a father and like that aspect of it (I almost rated it up a point just for that), but I have never listened to t...
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my youtube channel: you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review!Video Review: off of a Dungeons and Dragons podcast run by three brothers and their dad, this adventure follows three unlikely heroes... Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior. They set o...
  • Chad
    Apparently I'm no longer one of the cool kids, because I'd never heard of this podcast before today. This is based on an RPG podcast where three brothers record their role-playing adventures with their dad. This reads exactly like one of the Dungeons & Dragons campaigns I used to have with my friends growing up. Lots of irreverence and goofing off amidst a fantasy backdrop that we actually grew to take very seriously as time was invested in our c...
  • Connor
    [3.5 Stars]I think I should have checked out the podcast before jumping into this. I more than likely would have appreciated this more with knowing a bit more about the authors. I also have no experience with table top games and don't know how they're generally played (cue the booing). So when they brought the dice out and talk about spell slots, I didn't fully follow. But I thought this was a fun romp with some solid art. The characters are all ...
  • Trin
    Doesn't quite capture the experience of listening to it, and I'm honestly not sure how clearly it would read to someone who hasn't listened, but as a supplement to the original podcast, it gave me a lot of warm fuzzy feelings of getting to hang out with a gang I love, back at the very beginning.
  • Ashley Daviau
    You know a story is going to be good when Patrick Rothfuss is writing the intro and a big fan. And this graphic novel was beyond good! In fact, it’s one of the best ones I’ve read yet. I absolutely devoured it, I couldn’t get enough of this hilarious story! It had everything you could want: humour, swearing, magic, battles and everything else you could imagine. Add to that the fact that the illustrations are out of this world and you have p...
  • Caroline
    3.5 out of 5 starsI'VE listened the podcast of this series and really enjoyed it so I was super interested to read the graphic novelisation of it and see how it translated. As always it's an incredibly fun story! The world building is rich and the characters are loveable oafs. The way Griffin (the DM) is integrated into the story was very clever and there were lovely little asides where the characters would interact with him. These moments were f...
  • unknown
    It's really quite remarkable how they've been able to translate the feel of the podcast into a comic. Really well done. I truly hope all of the campaigns are adapted.(And, oh, the foreshadowing! The pathos!)
  • rachel ☾
    Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[self-immolation, self-inflicted wounds, alcohol consumption, blood/gore, physical injuries, death of a family member, murder, attempted murder, explosion, fire, kidnapping, hostage situation, and graphic animal death & dead bodies (hide spoiler)]. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[self-immolation, self-inflicted wounds, alcohol consumption, blood/gore, physic...
  • Crowinator
    After spending years of my life on Critical Role (my first and truest love), I have now expanded my D&D world to include the hilarious and sweet Adventure Zone graphic novel and podcast. This was just stupid great. I've only listened to three episodes of the podcast and I loved seeing it reflected in the graphic novel - they did an amazing job translating this in multiple ways: from live game to podcast to GN. Amazing.(On a side note, I'd like to...
  • Anwen Hayward
  • Rod Brown
    I'm trying to catch up on the few Goodreads Choice Awards graphic novels that I haven't read in the final round, which is why I am reading a graphic novel adaptation of a work with which I have no familiarity despite my repeated vows to myself to never do that again. Apparently this is based on a podcast. And maybe hearing the guys talk makes all the difference, because I did not find this tribute to Dungeons & Dragons to be particularly funny, d...
  • Tori
    I'M OVERJOYED!!!! I'm so lucky that TAZ: Balance hasn't ended with the podcast and my overwhelming love for it can transfer to graphic novels now too. The story and characters translated so well from audio to visual and this was a super fun adaptation of the first arc I am SO EXCITED for more and to hopefully someday own all of Balance on my bookshelf!!
  • DeLani
    Thanks to the graphic novel release, I started listening to TAZ for the first time and I’m loving it so far. This book was beautiful done and the story was so lovingly crafted, I can’t wait to consume the whole story in this format. Also, Magic Brian is my favorite villain of all time.
  • Aaron Gertler
    Update: Recently read the actual graphic novel. It's really well-done, and a few original jokes land well, but the material can't help but lose something in the translation away from audio (the biggest loss may be the bits where the brothers crack each other up and have to stop and laugh it off). Big fans of the podcast will enjoy it, but I wouldn't consider it essential. (Once the scope of the story grows and the potential visuals become more ep...
  • Demi
    This adaptation turned out great—I’m thrilled. I’m especially appreciative of the fact that each joke felt like it deserved to be in print, and not like you were missing something by not listening to the podcast. Good job, McElboys.
  • Kathinka
    i love it so much im genuinely considering buying a second copy
  • Newly Wardell
    Well I didnt listen to the podcast but I have played the game and this reminded me why I stopped. I dunno maybe I was way too excited about it so my expectations were impossibly high but I couldnt get into it. More emphasis was put on snark than storytelling and since when does the funny equate to a 4 letter word vocab. I mean come on! Its the equivalent of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of a shoe. Yep it works but with repetition comes contemp...
  • Kristi
    Oh you guys, I'm not sure I can really be objective when it comes to this book in particular and The Adventure Zone as a whole. The podcast itself came into my life a couple of years ago in a moment when not only was I just venturing into tabletop gaming myself, but I was struggling with severe depression and anxiety. It was exactly what I needed, and while when I started listening I was desperate for the laughs it gave me, the fact that the stor...
  • Adam
    4.5 / 5 StarsThe first chapter of the epic Balance campaign brought to a new medium, making the conversion from podcast to graphic novel. As a huge fan of the podcast who listened to this story unfold in real time, it was a treat to finally have this comic come to fruition.Half module, half original story, this chapter kicks off a truly remarkable (and loosely-rules) D&D 5e campaign than ran for over three years. There is a short but sweet intro ...
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    Good fun, especially if you're a D&D player, I suppose. I am not, but still enjoyed it as fluffy adventure.
  • Maia
    I've been excited about this book ever since it was announced and was delighted to get to hear Travis McElroy, Clint McElroy and Carey Pietsch talk about it's creation on a panel at SDCC. One of the early decisions they had to make was: Would they include only Taako, Merle and Magnus as the characters or would they include Taako, Justin, Merle, Clint, Magnus AND Travis as characters? Would Griffin's voice only be included in narration or would he...
  • Stewart Tame
    This was fun, though a bit more low key than I was expecting. Magnus, Taako, and Merle are adventurers. They're actually characters in an RPG campaign, but, aside from some of their banter and occasional interruptions from Griffin, the Dungeon Master running the game, it plays as a fairly straightup fantasy comic. The trio are on their way to deliver a wagon-load of supplies to Merle’s cousin in Haverdale, when complications set in … Our intr...