Infestation: Dungeons & Dragons #1
Written by Paul Crilley
Art by Valerio Schiti
Colors by Scarletgothica
Letters by Chris Mowry
Covers by menton3, Livio Ramondelli, Valerio Schiti, Scarletgothica
Release Date: February 15, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
My knowledge of Dungeons & Dragons comes exclusively from the 1980’s Saturday morning cartoon. I knew going in that Infestation: Dungeons & Dragons #1 wouldn’t be starring any of those characters, but I was curious anyway. What I found was about as different as you could get.
Writer Paul Crilley introduces the world of Dungeons & Dragons in a single paragraph printed inside the front cover, which pretty much set the tone for the rest of the book.
We meet a fantastically arrogant character named Abraxis Wren, a Sherlock Holmes type detective in the world of Eberron. The book mostly follows him from one mystery to another all the while trying to keep the reader one step ahead of what’s going on. A great mystery story, but it was a little light on the whole “Infestation” part. Fans looking to buy this book solely because of the crossover might be a little disappointed, but fans of the regular Dungeons & Dragons titles will have a great time with it.
The art by Valerio Schiti is good. Damn good. For an artist, I can’t imagine what is harder — drawing places that really exist or places that are completely and totally made up. I can see both sides of the argument, but Schiti creates a world that you can believe exists somewhere, someplace, sometime. The characters all seem to fit seamlessly together and when the monsters from the Infestation crossover show up, they look out of place, yet believable in that universe. Very nicely done.
All in all, if you’re a Dungeons & Dragons fan, as I said before, you’ll really enjoy this book. If you’re buying it just for the Infestation crossover, I’d give it a wait until it’s collected. It doesn’t seem to be a crucial part of the storyline and while it’s an entertaining read, it doesn’t justify buying it soley on those merits.