Dragonseed: Oversized Deluxe

Kurt McClung, Mateo Guererro, and Aure Jimenez. Humanoids, $24.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-59465-537-1
In this Dungeons and Dragons–derivative graphic novel, half-dragon, half-human Adam Spittleseed is tasked with retrieving a rare gem that fuels a machine of prophecy. The machine is critical to a war effort that has percolated for two centuries. If Adam doesn’t deliver the jewel in time, a pact between dragons and the rest of the world will be rendered null and void, plunging the realm of Krath into brutal chaos. Joined by a chosen fellowship, along with his former lover, Polly (who bears more than a passing visual resemblance to comics fantasy mainstay Red Sonja), Adam embarks on a rote plot journey that checks all of the boxes expected in a standard fantasy epic. McClung’s background in writing for video games is apparent as the RPG-style mission is packed to the rafters with fantastical creatures and races, melees punctuated by clashing steel, and gratuitously bare-breasted female characters. Though the art is skillful, rising above most sword-and-sorcery comics, its impact is diminished by the script’s meandering pace and panel upon panel of endless exposition. There’s little to distinguish this mediocre fantasy offering. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 03/19/2018
Release date: 01/01/2018
Genre: Comics
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