Make A Perception Check

If you play Dungeons & Dragons or similar games, you may be familiar with some of the related comics.  There are a number of stories tied into the worlds of the Forgotten Realms (D&D) and Golarion (Pathfinder), as well as those featuring Minsc and Boo, in an appeal to fans of the Baldur’s Gate computer games.  These are the obvious D&D comics.

The next time you are in your local comic shop, make a perception check .  If you roll high enough, you might discover extra loot on the shelves.  Here are a couple of titles that unexpectedly — and with great fun — made us scrambling to roll another nat 20.

Gotham Academy, Vol.1: Welcome to Gotham Academy. Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl. DC Comics, 2015.

Gotham.  Home of Batman, sewers, and all sorts of creepy villains.  Gotham is a dark place, full of mystery and bats.  Lots of bats.  The kids at the Gotham Academy prep school see bats, but they also start seeing a ghost.  None is more prepared for this adventure than Maps.

Mia ‘Maps’ Mizoguchi is a first-year student at the Academy.  She has a penchant for drawing maps and she plays Serpents & Spells.  She knows that party members should carry an extra grappling hook and rope.  She gets super-excited when it seems like her dungeon crawling dreams are coming true!  Maps is super-excited about everything!!

This isn’t really Maps’s story.  But she may be the most epic starting-level supporting character you will find in Gotham.

Gotham Academy drops good loot

Rocket Raccoon and Groot #4. Skottie Young, Aaron Conley, and Jean-Francois Beaulieu. Marvel Comics, 2016.

A sarcastic space rodent and a talking tree.  Who else would you expect to be playing Magic & Monsters: Wizard Wars?  Tony Stark?  Actually, yes.  Iron Man guest stars in this issue with Rocket and Groot and the whole thing is a blast.  Literally.  Prepare to break the rules of the classic handbook and the rules of fantasy football in an epic showdown for nerds.  Prepare to roll the dice, tally some football stats, and have a good laugh.

If you belong to either or both of these nerd categories, you won’t regret tracking down this single-issue story.  If you can’t find the comic, look for the story in Rocket Raccoon and Groot Vol. 1: Tricks of the Trade.

Rocket Raccoon & Groot in battle of the nerds

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