Dark Horse has announced a partnership with Geek & Sundry to expand on the weekly web series Critical Role through the medium of comics.
The world of Exandria is featured in a monthly six-issue digital series called Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins. In the comics, we learn about the origins of the Vox Machina team, and the creative team will be Matthew Colville writing (Evolve, Priest, Thief) Critter community member Olivia Samson on art, and Chris Northrop on colors and letters.
Dark Horse say: “Readers can expect a classic, low-magic fantasy with plenty of snappy dialog”.
The first issue, with cover art by Deborah Hauber, launched last week on, September 20th, and is available on Dark Horse Digital, iBooks, ComiXology, Amazon (Kindle), Barnes & Noble (Nook), Google Play, and other digital platforms for $3.99. Each issue will feature cover art from a different artist within the Critical Role community.
This is actually the second time Dark Horse have partnered with Geek & Sundry, having produced a series of motion comics in 2012 when the channel was new to Youtube.
Critical Role Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer says:
I grew up reading comics, with Dark Horse first capturing me with their expansive world from the Alien franchise when I was 10 years old, and I’ve been a massive fan ever since. To even consider that our comic series endeavor would culminate with a partnership under their umbrella would seem crazy and impossible! I am so very excited to be working with them to tell the early tales of Vox Machina, both knowing that a story so close to our hearts is in good hands, and to also be working with a company I’ve respected my entire life.
Overall, Critical Role has garnered over 50 million views since the show launched in March 2015 and the cast includes Matthew Mercer, Travis Willingham, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson (Blindspot), Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, and Laura Bailey. Additionally, the show has featured a number of celebrities as special guests including Chris Hardwick, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, and Phil Lamarr.
In the first issue of the comic, we learn how Vox Machina met, and in the first few issues, we’ll see the members in previous groups not quite fitting in before finding their place in their “destined” group.