I’m a big RPG nerd (surprise!) I’ve always loved RPGs in any form: Tabletop D&D (nerd wife actually has a D&D tattoo, lol – ok, it’s supposed to be my initials PD, but it looks kinda like DD), console RPGs (Japanese, western, strategy), MMORPG (I’ve played most of them). There’s something about the questing and leveling up I just dig. So, when I saw there was an original graphic novel (OGN) coming out spoofing the adventure RPG I knew I had to read it. It was so much greater than I hoped for. That book: Dungeon Quest: Book One, by South African cartoonist Joe Daly.
Story in brief – Millenium Boy – a freakish little character with a head hinting at Megalencephaly – decides he needs an adventure because homework sucks and he’s sick of watching Dr. Phil. So he collects his starting level gear (bandana, pocket knife, hobo stick with food) and heads off into Glendale to start his adventure. He collects a few other characters Steve (starting weapon: Baseball bat, class: developing rogue), Lash Penis (dumbells, warrior/tank), and Nerdgirl (Archer, practitioner of Kyudo-Japanese Archery). Together they begin their quest, at first starting fighting just local bullies, but later on after levelling up their equipment more dangerous foe.
Anyway, its a great sendup of the RPG genre in general, complete with level up screens each time a fight ends or equipment is updated. WARNING: This is definitely not for kids. It contains harsh language and multiple references and views on penis. (Including an explanation of why Lash Penis is named Lash Penis.) All in all though, if you like the RPGs, or even know what they are all about, you’ll really enjoy this. I highly recommend it, and will be looking forward to Book Two sometime soon.