Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #1 Review – Hamsters Nibbling at Your Nose

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur's Gate #1
7.5 / 10 Reviewer
{{ reviewsOverall }} / 10 Users (0 votes)
BC Rating
Writer: Jim Zub, Artist: Dean Kotz, Color Artist: Stefani Renee, Letters: Neil Uyetake, Cover by: Max Dunbar and Joana Lafuente, Variant Covers by: Dean Kotz and Joana Lafuente; Dean Kotz; Max Dunbar, Editor: David Hedgecock, Publisher: Greg Goldstein, Publishing Company: IDW Publishing, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Our party of heroes return to Baldur’s Gate under cover of night and smuggling. They are still outlaws in the city, even after saving the world again. The party splits up to attend to their own business, and we follow Minsc and his pet hamster, Boo. Minsc is still looking for heroic deeds to accomplish, and he appears to have found one with a new hero in Baldur’s Gate. He seems quite impressive, but he is hiding a terrible secret underneath it all.

Dungeons and Dragons: Evil at Baldur's Gate #1 cover by Max Dunbar and Joanna Lafuente
Dungeons and Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #1 cover by Max Dunbar and Joana Lafuente

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #1 is a humor-focused fantasy tale following the aforementioned Minsc. He thinks himself a classical hero, but he’s quite dull even though he means well. He has many entertaining lines and even reminds me quite a bit of the Tick. Boo is quite adorable and even fights himself from time-to-time.

The story meanders a bit as it establishes the starting point of this series. The “new hero” Minsc discovers isn’t even around that long before we discover what his terrible secret is. The funny thing is that his secret, while it is enough to get Minsc to turn on him, seems like it shouldn’t matter all that much to someone whose idea of a good time is stabbing bandits with a broadsword. It’s like if the Punisher didn’t like Wolverine because he stabs people to death instead of shooting them. Actually, the Punisher and Venom is a more apt comparison, but going into more detail would give away the ending.

Dean Kotz’s artwork looks quite good throughout the comic. It handles the fantasy elements well while still feeling weighty and tactile. The characters are all expressive and look distinct from one another. The action scenes are visceral. Stefani Renee’s color art is well-balanced and appealing, bringing the aesthetic together nicely.

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #1 is a fun fantasy read with a likable lead and a decent plot. It doesn’t blow the mind, but it’s fun. Kotz and Renee do solid work on the visuals. In the end, I can recommend this one. Feel free to check it out.

What people say... Leave your rating
Order by:

Be the first to leave a review.

User AvatarUser Avatar
{{{ review.rating_title }}}
{{{review.rating_comment | nl2br}}}

Show more
{{ pageNumber+1 }}

Leave your rating

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.