That Outrageous D&D Spoof Allen, Son Of Hellcock Arrives On Halloween

by Hannah Means Shannon

Way back when, you may have caught wind of a project that was in the works from Z2 Comics that lampooned D&D and Sword and Sorcery stories in crazy new ways. That book, Allen, Son Of Hellcock, is finally on the slate for release.

Comedy writers Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Onion), Gabe Koplowitz (VICELAND), and international artist Miguel Porto are set to release the original graphic novel.

It’s a book that has:

…washed-up sorcerers and swordsmen, terrifying horse-donkeys, sensitive ogres, cynical blob-men, ornery minotaur landlords, an exceedingly polite retired despot, a black-hearted but oddly lovable villain, an idealistic young woman who’s the only one with any brains, and a would-be warrior who can’t seem to escape his own hackneyed destiny . . . But mostly, it’s a story about a boy and his father. See, living in the shadow of your father’s legacy can be a tough thing, especially if your dad was the mightiest warrior to ever live.

Focusing on the “misadventures” of Allen, “a slack jawed hipster who desperately wants to cast off his family’s legacy …to embrace his lifelong dream to become a comic book artist”, the book is primed to tap into plenty of comedic and fantasy tradition.

John Oliver even provided a blurb:

I don’t often provide blurbs for books, but when the writers literally have you chained to a wall and are refusing to let you leave before you give them one, you tend to relax your standards. Enjoy this book. I did. Now let me go, please.

Z2 Comics will publish the graphic novel on October 31, timed to Halloween.