Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pathfinder 1-Dark Waters Rising (review),

Pathfinder Volume One: Dark Waters Rising Hardcover ( Exclusive) 

Dark Waters Rising (1)

By Jim Zub, Andrew Huerta, 
Jake Bilbao &Ivan Anaya

 Genre: Graphic Novel
Published May 2013
Pages: 224

Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment

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Summary:  "Valeros the warrior can rely on his sword arm and his friends - the mysterious and beautiful sorcerer Seoni, the quick-witted elven rogue Merisiel, knowledgeable and powerful wizard Ezren, the well-traveled dwarven ranger Harsk, and courageous cleric Kyra - but nothing can prepare him for the dangers that lurk ahead. The scattered and chaotic goblin tribes of Varisia are changing, growing in power, and unifying in ways no one has ever seen before. At the heart of this strange evolution is an ancient evil force looking to establish itself anew in the world of Golarion.

 Paizo's incredible award-winning fantasy world, fiction line, and tabletop RPG is now the ultimate fantasy comic from Dynamite Entertainment. With an action-packed story written by Jim Zub (Street Fighter Legends, Skullkickers) and incredibly detailed artwork by newcomer Andrew Huerta, this first volume introduces readers to a richly envisioned fantasy world filled with compelling characters and impressive sights. This beautiful, oversized hardcover collects the first six issues of the comic series and includes more than 30 pages of encounters, characters, and world detail for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, including a brand-new poster map of the region explored in the Pathfinder comic!"

Review:  I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I had heard of Pathfinder, the RPG, but never played so I was not sure what to honestly expect here. Let me say that you do not have to be a gamer to enjoy this graphic novel. Although, if you are, it really adds to the story.

Each character is very unique in personality. They are very stereotypical of their various class. The warrior was a drunk and blindly charges in, the zealous cleric, the elder wizard, etc. I can easily see a group of gamers playing these roles.

Then there are the goblins. Shocking to say, but...I LOVED THEM. Ugly, nasty creatures that there were they amused me so much! They spoken in rhyme and, oh the things they said. "Meat and Spice! Chop and Slice!" or "Goblins Creep, Goblins Leap, take the gold then go to sleep." So many amusing expressions!

This book had me laughing or at least smiling through almost the entire book. Things like referencing Dwarven Woodsmen (when dwarves like to me amongst their rock typically) or the quote here: "When I imagined myself traveling the world finding adventure, staying up all night spying on a junk pit was not part of the dream."

What I could have done without were the giant spiders. I hate spiders!! Also, the artwork was a bit chaotic at times and certain character expressions were a bit odd at times. Otherwise very nice. Great color use!

As a bonus, at the end they have information about pathfinder, the world, character, etc. Including stat sheets and other useful gaming updates. Now I need to find some fellow gamers to check this out!

This book was provided by Diamond Book Distributors, courtesy of Netgalley. So special thanks to both those teams! And of course, the game creators deserve a round of applause for the creation of Pathfinder. This book was given in exchange for a fair, honest review.



  1. Sounds interesting. I'd never heard of Pathfinder before, but I love fantasy in general :)

    1. This was really good. Lots of classic fantasy stereotypes and comedy!


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