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Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria Gets a David Mack Variant

Critical Role and Dark Horse Comics have announces a line of retailer exclusive variant covers for Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria — The Bright Queen comic series, only available through Things From Another World. Illustrated by the incomparable David Mack, each of the four issues of the series will have its own unique variant cover. All four Mack covers will be available exclusively from Things From Another World, as a complete set of four or individually.

Pre-orders for the exclusive variants will be open during the timeframes noted below:

#1 –  #4 (Complete Set) Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:00 am PT – Monday, September 27,2021,  5:00 pm PT
#1 Thursday, September 23, 2021, 9:00 am PT – Monday, September 27, 2021, 5:00 pm PT
#2      Monday, October 25, 2021, 9:00 am PT –      Monday, November 1, 2021, 5:00 pm PT
#3      Monday, November 22, 2021, 9:00 am PT – Monday, November 29, 2021, 5:00 pm PT
#4 Monday, December 13, 2021, 9:00 am PT – Monday, December 20, 202, 5:00 pm PT

Focused on side characters and stories from the world of Critical Role, the first Tales of Exandria comic series centers around Leylas Kryn, the Bright Queen of the Kryn Dynasty. This series is written by Darcy Van Poelgeest with Critical Role Game Master Matthew Mercer, and features art by Coupleofkooks, colors by Cris Peter, and letters by Ariana Maher.

Leylas has spent multiple lives in her pursuit to assemble the Luxon. With her eternal lover Quana at her side, she will stop at nothing to use its power to bring a Golden Age to the people under her rule. When what seems to be the final piece of the Luxon appears nearby, Leylas sends Quana to collect it…with consequences that may threaten the entire Kryn Dynasty!

Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria — The Bright Queen is the next addition in an ever-growing line of Critical Role comics, graphic novels, and art books from the ongoing collaboration between Critical Role and Dark Horse Comics! Issue #1 of this four part series, with standard cover art by Helen Mask, will be available at comic shops on October 20, 2021. 

Be sure to pre-order the special David Mack covers exclusively at Things From Another World by Sept. 27, 2021.

Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria David Mack Cover

Critical Role’s Nott the Brave’s Origins Revealed!

The Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins line from Dark Horse Comics and Critical Role continues to grow with Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins – Nott the Brave. Writer Sam Maggs is joined by Critical Role Game Master Matthew Mercer and cast member Sam Riegel, with art by William Kirkby, colors by Mildred Louis, and letters by Critical Role comics alum Ariana Maher for a heartbreaking tale about a halfling’s end and a goblin’s beginning.

Veth Brenatto doesn’t have an exciting life, but she likes it that way. Unlike her childhood, it’s safe. Predictable. And her husband and son love her as fiercely as she loves them. But Veth’s cozy existence is turned on its head when she and her family are captured by raiders. In order to save them, Veth will commit an atrocity that will sever her from all that she loves––maybe forever––and lead her to become Nott the Brave of the Mighty Nein.  

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins – Nott the Brave graphic novel will be available everywhere books are sold April 6, 2022.

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins – Nott the Brave

The Secret Origins of Critical Role’s Yasha Nydoorin

The partnership between Dark Horse Comics and Critical Role continues to expand with the latest title from the previously announced Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins line: Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins – Yasha Nydoorin. The New York Times bestselling author Cecil Castellucci is joined by artist William Kirkby, colorist Diana Sousa, and Critical Role letterer alum Ariana Maher, working with Game Master Matthew Mercer and cast member Ashley Johnson to shed some light on the tumultuous past of the Mighty Nein’s Yasha Nydoorin.

For Yasha, there has always been a storm on the horizon. 

Maybe it formed with her adoption by the Dolorov people in the harsh lands of Xhorhas. Or perhaps when she fell for her first love, Zuala. Or still later, when grief and madness drove her from her village and out into––somewhere else. Maybe, on the other hand, Yasha IS the storm.  

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins – Yasha Nydoorin graphic novel will be available everywhere books are sold September 15, 2021.

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins – Yasha Nydoorin

Dark Horse Reveals Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria

The world of the hit phenomenon Critical Role is expanding in a new mini-series from Dark Horse Comics. Written by Eisner Award-winner Darcy Van Poelgeest and illustrated by Critical Role fan artist CoupleofKooks, and covers by Helen Mask with creative consultation by Critical Role cast member Matthew Mercer, Critical Role and Dark Horse Comics present Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria.

Focused on side characters and stories, the first series in this line of bimonthly comics focuses on Leylas Kryn, the Bright Queen of the Kryn Dynasty. Leylas has spent multiple lives in her pursuit to assemble the Luxon. With her eternal lover Quana at her side, she will stop at nothing to use its power to bring a Golden Age to the people under her rule. When what seems to be the final piece of the Luxon appears nearby, Leylas sends Quana to collect it…with consequences that may threaten the entire Kryn Dynasty!

Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria #1 (of four) is the next addition in an ever-growing line of Critical Role comics, graphic novels, and art books from the ongoing collaboration between Critical Role and Dark Horse Comics! It will be in comic shops on March 17, 2021.

Critical Role: The Tales of Exandria

Discover the Origins of Critical Role’s The Mighty Nein

Dark Horse Comics and Critical Role have announced Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins—a brand new line of hardcover graphic novels focusing on Jester, Caleb, Fjord, Mollymauk, Yasha, Beauregard, Nott, and Caduceus. Following newly revealed stories about the heroes who would become the Mighty Nein, Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins will be launching with volumes about Jester Lavorre and Caleb Widogast!

Jester Lavorre had an unconventional upbringing, even for one born in cosmopolitan Nicodranas. Daughter of the famed Ruby of the Sea, she had many opportunities for mischief as a small child, of which she took full advantage! Dive into the mystery of Jester’s early years, her first meeting with the Traveler, and the fateful events that set her on a path to eventually join the Mighty Nein.

Written by Sam Maggs, line art by well-known Critter Hunter Severn Bonyun, colored by Cathy Le, and developed in direct consultation with Critical Role cast members Laura Bailey and Matthew MercerCritical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins: Jester Lavorre will be available everywhere books are sold June 16, 2021. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop.

In Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast, Bren Aldric Ermendrud is chosen to attend the exclusive Soltryce Academy, preparing for an important future in service to the Empire. But nobody––least of all Bren himself––can foresee the cruelty he will endure, and the ways in which it will break and remake him. Witness the events that transform Bren into the Mighty Nein’s Caleb Widogast, and how they inform the path he’ll take in the future.

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast features Critical Role alum writer Jody Houser, illustrated by Selina Espiritu and colors by Diana Sousa, with direction from Critical Role cast members Matthew Mercer and Liam O’Brien. This graphic novel will be available everywhere books are sold on July 14, 2021. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. 

The Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins line is presented in hardcover format and volumes will retail for $17.99 each.

Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria—The Mighty Nein Deluxe Edition Artbook Delivers A Curated Look at the First Part of the Critical Role’s Mighty Nein Campaign

Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria—The Mighty Nein Deluxe Edition Artbook

Dark Horse Books is delighted to announce that the Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria—The Mighty Nein Deluxe Edition Artbook is now available for pre-order through all major book and comics retailers.

Straight from the second campaign of the wildly popular Critical Role webseries, the deluxe edition of The Chronicles of Exandria—The Mighty Nein showcases 264 pages of art created by the Critical Role fan community, with accompanying text written by Liam O’Brien, Taliesin Jaffe, Dani Carr, and the cast of Critical Role. This artbook is the perfect way to revisit the beginnings of the Mighty Nein through the in-world perspective of Expositor Beauregard Lionett and the archivists of the Cobalt Soul.

The Deluxe Edition includes exclusive features such as a faux-leather, foil-stamped cover and decorative clamshell box featuring art by Lauryn Ipsum and designed by Cindy Cacarez-Sprague, an annotated map of the Dwendalian Empire by Deven Rue, a triptych-style lithograph featuring exclusive art by Sam Hogg, character sketches of each of the Mighty Nein by Nick Robles, a flyer for the Fletching & Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities by Will Kirkby, an invitation to the Lavish Chateau Helen Mask, blueprints for the Tinkertop Bolt Blaster 1000 by Fernando Furukawa, a pamphlet on the Traveler by Ceri Giddens, and embossed flower sketches on vellum by Lauryn Ipsum.

Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria—The Mighty Nein Deluxe Edition Artbook is available everywhere books are sold starting November 10, 2020. This oversized deluxe hardcover will retail for $124.99.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Gets a Library Edition from Dark Horse

Experience the stories of the adventuring party known as Vox Machina before the smash-hit show Critical Role started! Writers Matt Mercer, Matthew Colville, and Jody Houser, along with artist Olivia Samson, colorists Chris Northrop and MSASSYK, and letterer Ariana Maher bring to life Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Library Edition – Series I and II Collection.

 What do a flirtatious bard, a clueless barbarian, a naïve druid, a pair of stealthy twins, a holy cleric, and a vengeful gunslinger all have in common? They’re not sure either, but one day they’ll become the heroes known as Vox Machina! Follow the main characters from the smash-hit series Critical Role as they team up for the first time, facing cults and curses in the revelation of their origins and the path that will lead them to glory…eventually.

Fans of the celebrated series Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins won’t want to miss this stunning, oversized hardcover collection!

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Library Edition – Series I and II Collection collects Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Vol 1 and Vol 2. It will be in comic shops on November 11, 2020 and in bookstores on November 24, 2020. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop. This 320-page oversized library edition will retail for $39.99.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Library Edition - Series I and II Collection

ECCC 2019: Dark Horse Delivers More Critical Role with Comics, Collections, and Art Books

Dark Horse Comics and Critical Role have announced three new projects set to release in 2019. Based on epic tales from the world of Exandria, these new comics, art books and more will explore this universe in new and original ways! The most popular digital tabletop game in the world, Critical Role is live-streamed every week and set in Exandria. In each episode, veteran voice actor and Game Master Matthew Mercer leads his nerdy ass and wildly entertaining friends (also fellow voice actors!) on a thrill ride of turmoil and adventure. The cast includes Matthew Mercer (Overwatch, Final Fantasy XV, Fallout 4), Travis Willingham (Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers Assemble, The Legend of Korra), Marisha Ray (Star Wars: Battlefront, Batgirl: Spoiled, Metal Gear: Survive), Taliesin Jaffe (Street Fighter, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XIV), Ashley Johnson (Blindspot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans Go!), Sam Riegel (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, One Punch Man, The Amazing Spiderman), Liam O’Brien (Star Wars Rebels, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Wolverine and the X-Men), and Laura Bailey (Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Gears of War 4).

On July 10, 2019, Dark Horse and Critical Role will release Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II #1, which finds the unlikely heroes of Vox Machina back in action-packed yet absurdly entertaining adventures! The six-issue series will be available through Dark Horse Digital and through retail stores and continues to follow the origin stories of engaging characters, material hinted at but not fully disclosed in the live-stream. From award-nominated writer Jody Houser and first series artist Olivia Samson, with colorist MSASSYK and letterer Ariana Maher comes Critical Role: Vox Machina Originsseries II, the highly anticipated sequel to Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I. The beautiful first issue cover is by artist Fiona Staples. The series will be collected into a trade paperback collection in summer 2020.

In Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II, familiar faces from Critical Role’s smash-hit first campaign return as their escapades in Stilben lead them towards their next adventure—and a dire threat to Grog Strongjaw, the goliath barbarian, when he goes missing in the night. Tracking him down will see the party lose one member, gain another, and reveal parts of Grog’s secret past. But first, his friends have to actually find him.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series II

Due to popular demand, Dark Horse and Critical Role will also release a trade paperback collection of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I on October 15, 2019! Writers Matthew Mercer and Matthew Colville team with artist extraordinaire Olivia Samson and colorist and letterer Chris Northrop to tell the story of how Vox Machina first met. Originally released through Dark Horse Digital, the Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I paperback collection will be available for fans to purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, critrole.com, and in local comic shops! Featuring a cover by Stjepan Šejić, Critical Role fans can buy this 168-page collection for $19.99.

Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series I

In late 2019, Dark Horse and Critical Role will release Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria — The Mighty Nein. With a stunning cover by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio, this gorgeous hardcover art collection contains materials presented chronologically from the first few story arcs of the Mighty Nein campaign. Featuring a wide variety of illustrations from the Critical Role fan community paired with text by cast members Liam O’Brien and Taliesin Jaffe, and art direction from Lauryn Ipsum, this 200-page tome retails for $39.99.

Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria -- The Mighty Nein

Geek & Sundry Partners with Dark Horse to Bring the World of Critical Role to Comics Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins

The world of Exandria is coming to comics. In a partnership between Dark Horse and Geek & Sundry, Critical Role, the beloved weekly web series, will be featured in a monthly six-issue digital series entitled Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins. Exploring the enthralling origins of the Vox Machina team, the comics are written by Matthew Colville with interior art by Critter community member Olivia Samson, and coloring and lettering by Chris Northrop. Readers can expect a classic, low-magic fantasy with plenty of snappy dialog.

The first issue, with cover art by Deborah Hauber, launches today, September 20, and will be 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.

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