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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

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

Ian Bertram and Darcy Van Poelgeest’s Little Bird gets Collected this November

The bestselling, critically acclaimed miniseries by Ian Bertram and Darcy Van PoelgeestLittle Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope—will be collected, in its entirety, into a hardcover edition and available from Image Comics this November.

In the world of Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

With the same limitless scope as a new East of West or Saga—and the drama and surrealism of AkiraLittle Bird follows a young resistance fighter in a science-fiction style reminiscent of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale.

Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope hardcover edition (ISBN 978-1534313453, Diamond Code AUG190079) collects all five issues of the miniseries and will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, November 20 and in bookstores on Tuesday, November 26.

Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope

Little Bird #1 Sells Out Again and Gets a Fourth Printing

The debut issue of award-winning director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest and fan-favorite artist Ian Bertram’s bestselling miniseries Little Bird is being rushed back to print yet again to keep up with customer demand.

The miniseries’ final issue—Little Bird #5—will release on July 15, but the series will not be immediately collected. 

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1, fourth printing (Diamond Code MAY198629) will be available on Wednesday, July 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, July 1.

le Bird #1, fourth printing

Little Bird #1 goes Back for a Third Printing

Award-winning director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest and fan-favorite artist Ian Bertram’s breakout miniseries Little Bird is being rushed back to print to keep up with increasing customer demand. 

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year-old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Featuring the same limitless scope as a new East of West or Saga—and the drama and surrealism of AkiraLittle Bird follows a young resistance fighter in a science-fiction style reminiscent of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Little Bird #1, third printing (Diamond Code MAR198649) will be available on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, May 6.

Little Bird #1, third printing

Little Bird #1 Gets a New Printing

Award winning director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest and fan-favorite artist Ian Bertram’s highly anticipated Little Bird launched this week from Image Comics and is already being rushed back to print to keep up with overwhelming fan enthusiasm for the unique, eye-popping miniseries.

With the same limitless scope as a new East of West or Saga—and the drama and surrealism of AkiraLittle Bird follows a young resistance fighter in a science-fiction style reminiscent of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1, second printing (Diamond Code JAN198548) will be available on Wednesday, April 10. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, March 18.

Little Bird #2 (Diamond Code FEB190164) will be available on Wednesday, April 17. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, March 25.

Little Bird #1, second printing

Review: Little Bird #1

Little Bird #1

Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1 is a comic I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time. The concept of a resistance standing against a religious fundamentalist American empire is a story that sounds intriguing to me. While there’s a lot to like in the first issue, there’s also some stumbling as well in its world building.

Written by Darcy Van Poelgeest, the first issue feels like a cross between Saga, We Stand on Guard, and East of West. A Canadian resistance attempts to take on the evil American empire which works as a story, it’s something we’ve seen before. Where the issue stumbles a bit is in the small details of its worldbuilding which at times feels like weird to just be weird. Bathing in blood with what looks like intestines coming out. Weird baldheaded floating intestine creatures. It’s all visually interesting but with so little explanation we’re expected to go with it. What it winds up being is somewhat of a distraction.

Little Bird is a techno-organic religious world that we’re expected to go with. While the visuals are solid, we’re left wondering about those interesting concepts and it doesn’t help matters. A more straightforward visual would have helped. Getting rid of the weird focuses the story a bit. All of these things might be explained but in the first issue it’s all left hanging.

The concepts though are neat and the story pretty easy to get in to if you’re willing to overlook these open questions. The characters are interesting. The conflict has a lot of potential. The juxtaposition of societies is solid. There’s a lot of set up for what’s to come and a good inclusion on what we need to know of the past.

The art by Ian Bertram is absolutely interesting and as I said above, it can be distracting as well. Joined on colors by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the issue is one that has so many small things for you to linger on the page and stare at. While those visuals absolutely help build the world and hint at what we’re dealing with, they also aren’t explained enough and seem a bit odd for odd’s sake. Those cool visuals also distract without an explanation of the “why” and “what.”

The first issue has a lot of potential and I want to see where it goes. There’s a good chance the miniseries will read better as a whole than it does as single issues and those issues I have with the weird visuals will be explained later. Little Bird #1 absolutely creates and builds an interesting world but leaves too much out there not explained or acknowledged to not distract from the main story.

Story: Darcy Van Poelgeest Art: Ian Bertram
Color: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

Design: Ben Didier
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram, and Image Explore an Ultra-Nationalist North America in Little Bird

Director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to Ian Bertram’s breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries Little Birdlaunching from Image Comics this March.

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1 (Diamond Code JAN190099) will be available on Wednesday, March 13. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, Feb. 18. 

Little Bird #1
Almost American