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Critical Role Partners With Dark Horse For Vox Machina Origins Comic Series II, The Mighty Nein Art Book

March 11, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Volume 1

Critical Role is continuing to expand as it strikes out on its own, announcing that it has partnered with Dark Horse for its a second run of its comic book series and a new art book. The popular D&D streaming series made the reveal on Monday that it is teaming up with the comic book publishing giant for the second series of the Vox Machina Origins comic series, a trade paperback release of the first series and an art book looking at the first story arcs of the adventures of the Mighty Nein.

The first issue of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series two will release on July 10th through Dark Horse Digital, and will also be available in comic stores for the first time. The series comes from comic writer Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things) with art from Olivia Samson (Vox Machina Origins series one), with colorist MSASSYK (Gotham Academy) and letterer Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena). The first issue of the new series is described as follows:

“As Vox Machina’s escapades in Stilben lead them towards their next adventure—and a dire threat to Grog 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.”

The first Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins series was a critically and commercially successful launch and told the origins of the trepid band of adventures from Critical Role’s first campaign, detailing how Vax, Vex, Grog, Scanlan and Tiberius Stormwind first met in the town of Stillben. That six-issue series was written by Critical Role DM Matthew Mercer and Matthew Colville, and is set to be released in a trade paperback through Dark Horse at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, critrole.com, and in local comic shops starting October 15th. 411 gave high marks to the first issue of series one in September of 2017, calling it “an effective jumping-off point for people who want to learn what all the Critical Role fuss is about.”

Finally, in late 2019 Dark Hourse will release The Chronicles of Exandria: The Mighty Nein. The art book will cover the initial arcs of the second campaign, focusing on the group known as the Mighty Nein, and will feature illustrations from the Critical Role fan community paired with text by cast members Liam O’Brien (Vex, Caleb) and Taliesin Jaffe (Percy, Mollymauk, Caduceus Clay). The 200 page book will feature art direction from Lauren Ipsum and will retail for $39.99, with more details to be revealed as the year progresses.

The new partnership comes as Critical Role continues to expand its influence into new forms of media. Currently ruling as the most popular D&D streaming show, the series in in the middle of a successful Kickstarter for an animated series and recently struck out on its own after a long run on Geek & Sundry’s Twitch channel, as well as Legendary Digital Networks’ Alpha streaming service.

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