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The classic DC Comics "Forgotten Realms Series" returns to print for the first time! This action-packed volume collects the first eight issues of the fan-favorite series by writer Jeff Grubb and artist Rags Morales. The classic DC Comics "Forgotten Realms Series" returns to print for the first time! This action-packed volume collects the first eight issues of the fan-favorite series by writer Jeff Grubb and artist Rags Morales.


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The classic DC Comics "Forgotten Realms Series" returns to print for the first time! This action-packed volume collects the first eight issues of the fan-favorite series by writer Jeff Grubb and artist Rags Morales. The classic DC Comics "Forgotten Realms Series" returns to print for the first time! This action-packed volume collects the first eight issues of the fan-favorite series by writer Jeff Grubb and artist Rags Morales.

30 review for Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics, Volume 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    Better from a nostalgia standpoint than a pure storytelling standpoint, but, hey...who doesn't love nostalgia? Because I love nostalgia. Better from a nostalgia standpoint than a pure storytelling standpoint, but, hey...who doesn't love nostalgia? Because I love nostalgia.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Since I don't even remotely pretend to be objective, FOUR STARS!!!! (and by that I mean I enjoyed the art, the storytelling, the shoehorning of character development and actions into norms that fit the Dungeonmasters Guide, and the cameos by old-timey Realms luminaries like Alias, Dragonbait and Elminster hisself!) Since I don't even remotely pretend to be objective, FOUR STARS!!!! (and by that I mean I enjoyed the art, the storytelling, the shoehorning of character development and actions into norms that fit the Dungeonmasters Guide, and the cameos by old-timey Realms luminaries like Alias, Dragonbait and Elminster hisself!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    Despite its overblown cheesy, 80's/hair metal aesthetic, and ridiculous wizards shouting the names of their spells...I sort of adored this? It's a decent dnd story with memorable characters and the promise of a solid arc in further volumes. It's not outstanding but its fun, light, and imaginative with great golden age era artwork. It feels like the old X-Men comics I read as a kid, only dnd flavored. Despite its overblown cheesy, 80's/hair metal aesthetic, and ridiculous wizards shouting the names of their spells...I sort of adored this? It's a decent dnd story with memorable characters and the promise of a solid arc in further volumes. It's not outstanding but its fun, light, and imaginative with great golden age era artwork. It feels like the old X-Men comics I read as a kid, only dnd flavored.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    The book consists of two stories, one about a magical hand and another of a quest to save some dragons. I enjoyed them. Both fun and entertaining.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Part of the IDW / D&D Humble Bundle. It's real tempting to start this off with some reality checking: this wasn't great literature; this review isn't meant to spark a rediscovery of these classic (i.e., 1980s) comics; and I'm deeply in the bag for D&D and Forgotten Realms. (Then again, I'm arguably even more in the bag for the Dark Sun setting and Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun Vol. 1 - Ianto's Tomb didn't work for me at all.) But let's skate by all that and get to the meat: this comic shows how to d Part of the IDW / D&D Humble Bundle. It's real tempting to start this off with some reality checking: this wasn't great literature; this review isn't meant to spark a rediscovery of these classic (i.e., 1980s) comics; and I'm deeply in the bag for D&D and Forgotten Realms. (Then again, I'm arguably even more in the bag for the Dark Sun setting and Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Sun Vol. 1 - Ianto's Tomb didn't work for me at all.) But let's skate by all that and get to the meat: this comic shows how to do a media tie-in well. The secret is an interesting balancing act between recognizable elements, some new elements, and showing something of what that might be for real characters. There's a lot that we might call fan-service, with recognizable rules and flavor from the game. For instance, when a wizard casts a spell, they often announce what it is: "Magic Missile" is a pretty common word balloon here. Also we get all the typical monsters, from dragons to ogre magi. And these adventurers do sometimes act as if they've read the rule books; so the paladin might comment on what type of breath weapon a dragon has. (There's one pretty funny moment when one character wonders what creature could possibly change its appearance, which the other characters answer with a litany of all the many entries in the Monstrous Manual that include that power.) There's also mentions of characters and topics that RPG players will recognize, from Elminster to Halruaa. And yet, Grubb doesn't give us a bunch of 1st-level characters that hew directly to the rules. Sure, we have an odd group of adventurers here, going around finding artifacts. It's pretty much like your campaign at home. But one of the characters is an iron golem, another is an elf who veers between xenophobia and exogamy; sure, the halfling is a little thief, but the paladin has a past where he was a drunken bum. It's not ground-breaking fantasy, but it's a good instructional comic both for doing a media tie-in and for playing your own standard D&D game.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    Volume 1 is actually a compilation of two stories, 4 issues each. Great nostalgia factor if you grew up with the Forgotten Realms as the fantasy world. The first story is "The Hand of Vaprak", where we're introducing to a band of adventurers led by a wizard, and together with two new recruits, managed to put an end to the evil artifact. What was awesome about this story is the appearance of Alias and Dragonbait (shown on some of the covers). Brings back memories. Elminster was in the shadows, as Volume 1 is actually a compilation of two stories, 4 issues each. Great nostalgia factor if you grew up with the Forgotten Realms as the fantasy world. The first story is "The Hand of Vaprak", where we're introducing to a band of adventurers led by a wizard, and together with two new recruits, managed to put an end to the evil artifact. What was awesome about this story is the appearance of Alias and Dragonbait (shown on some of the covers). Brings back memories. Elminster was in the shadows, as usual. The second story is "The Dragonreach Saga", where the bands visit to Elminster got them tangled into a very serious matter, but taken in a rather light-hearted manner. Not quite sure how I liked this one; it builds upon the characters from the first story, but the way the main villain ((view spoiler)[a humanoid of unknown race, who wields a powerful artifact capable of decapitating dragons, and who summoned and rode the tarrasque (hide spoiler)] ) was dispatched felt rather callous given the subject material.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hector Ibarraran

    This book introduces us to a mismatched group of adventurers in search of ancient evil artifacts. Their goal, of course, is to destroy them before they fall in the wrong hands. I'm going to start by saying that I was surprised by the characters' personalities. I expected that I wasn't going to care about them, and while they were slightly cardboardy cutouty, I still managed to care about them and their struggles. This book was also a great reintroduction to the Forgotten Realms. I spent most of This book introduces us to a mismatched group of adventurers in search of ancient evil artifacts. Their goal, of course, is to destroy them before they fall in the wrong hands. I'm going to start by saying that I was surprised by the characters' personalities. I expected that I wasn't going to care about them, and while they were slightly cardboardy cutouty, I still managed to care about them and their struggles. This book was also a great reintroduction to the Forgotten Realms. I spent most of my awkward teen years lost in that world, so there was a little bit of nostalgia value there. It was good to see old friends like Alias and Elminster. A fun read, though a dated one. I'm glad I took the time to check this out. I'm sure I'll be reading the whole series. Also, a fairly chunky collected edition for the money.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Keith Irwin

    This book collects the first several issues of DC's series Forgotten Realms from the late 80s/early 90s. I read this after just having read their Advanced Dungeons and Dragons series, and, I have to say, this is clearly much better. The writing on this is much better at most everything. The dialogue feels more natural, the action more tense, and the bits which are supposed to be funny actually are (not always hilarious, but not bad). There's still some overhead at the beginning of this book as w This book collects the first several issues of DC's series Forgotten Realms from the late 80s/early 90s. I read this after just having read their Advanced Dungeons and Dragons series, and, I have to say, this is clearly much better. The writing on this is much better at most everything. The dialogue feels more natural, the action more tense, and the bits which are supposed to be funny actually are (not always hilarious, but not bad). There's still some overhead at the beginning of this book as we're being introduced to a bunch of new characters, but even that isn't too awkward. On the whole, definitely an enjoyable read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin

    I still have the originals that a old friends gave me. Lady's and Jent's I still love and treasure this comic strip. Not only does it have outstanding artwork but it also has something I've never seen since. A story with real people with real human problems. Having to face the daily grind of life. I couldn't say enough about this comic series and I hope you give it a chance no matter how old. A good story is ageless as well as timeless. I still have the originals that a old friends gave me. Lady's and Jent's I still love and treasure this comic strip. Not only does it have outstanding artwork but it also has something I've never seen since. A story with real people with real human problems. Having to face the daily grind of life. I couldn't say enough about this comic series and I hope you give it a chance no matter how old. A good story is ageless as well as timeless.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    Revisiting some old friends . . . I remember reading most of these when they came out back in the 80s and loving the artwork and the story. The opportunity to re-read and revisit these "old friends" on my Kindle Fire was too good to miss. I only wish my Fire had a bigger screen so I could experience the pages in the same size I did the first time . . . Revisiting some old friends . . . I remember reading most of these when they came out back in the 80s and loving the artwork and the story. The opportunity to re-read and revisit these "old friends" on my Kindle Fire was too good to miss. I only wish my Fire had a bigger screen so I could experience the pages in the same size I did the first time . . .

  11. 5 out of 5

    O'Rety

    Very nice. That's kind of entertainment that I sort of expected when decided to get at DnD comics. Both graphics by Rags Morales and story by Jeff Grub work really well to make for an enjoyable and not overwrought in terms of art-style, plot or character motivations etc. (if a little too-light at times for my tastes) whole. Very nice. That's kind of entertainment that I sort of expected when decided to get at DnD comics. Both graphics by Rags Morales and story by Jeff Grub work really well to make for an enjoyable and not overwrought in terms of art-style, plot or character motivations etc. (if a little too-light at times for my tastes) whole.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tara Tolbert

    Good memories I had the orginal copies back when they first came out plus in order. So brought out wonderful memories. I enjoyed reading them again . Jeff grubb is always good spin on dragon storyline or D and D

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gareth

    A good fun read this one. I always enjoyed Jeff Grubb's novels in the Forgotten Realms, and these comics continue in the same style, with the pictures supporting it well. Feels nice and Realmsy for me, with good call outs to the D&D system as well. I look forward to reading the other volumes. A good fun read this one. I always enjoyed Jeff Grubb's novels in the Forgotten Realms, and these comics continue in the same style, with the pictures supporting it well. Feels nice and Realmsy for me, with good call outs to the D&D system as well. I look forward to reading the other volumes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Oron

    The D&D comics mararhon moves on (thanks, humble bundle!) The first volume of the forgotten realms classic was fun, intersting and well drawn. Nice charecters and premise, if the next volumes in the series are on par, some fun times are afoot. Nice for the noatalgic bone, if you have it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    S.A. Adams

    PLEASE BRING THIS BACK! We want more! The world is dying for this type of classic fantasy story telling. This series is timeless! It never got the reapect it deserved, an fun read for any fan of fantasy fiction!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    A cute dash of nostalgia.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jerrad

    Not that great but incredibly amusing

  18. 5 out of 5

    Quinton Baran

    This is a good collection of stories and artwork, introducing the diverse crew, and sending them forth on several adventures.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steven L Coppedge

    Sword and Sorcery D&D style Classic D and D, set in Forgotten Realms, good story nice art pleasure to read. Nice to see Baldur's Gate and other references. Sword and Sorcery D&D style Classic D and D, set in Forgotten Realms, good story nice art pleasure to read. Nice to see Baldur's Gate and other references.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David

    This was such a fun series and I am so glad that the beginning has been collected. I can now read a favorite from my adolescence in order instead of the old task of having to try to hunt down the back issues like I did as a teenager. All of the characters are lots of fun and are interesting. It is great to be visually taken back to this wonderful world of magic. I hope that more collections like this come out. Granted, it is not as impressive to me as an adult as it was as a kid, but it is sti This was such a fun series and I am so glad that the beginning has been collected. I can now read a favorite from my adolescence in order instead of the old task of having to try to hunt down the back issues like I did as a teenager. All of the characters are lots of fun and are interesting. It is great to be visually taken back to this wonderful world of magic. I hope that more collections like this come out. Granted, it is not as impressive to me as an adult as it was as a kid, but it is still delightful. I wish that it had continued as a series so we could experience more of this crew and the fantastic world, however it really was a thing of the early nineties D&D craze and would probably not have carried well into other eras and would have lost its charm if it had been dragged out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Petabyte

    Stayed up and read this cover to cover. I own the individual comics (still in their potective dust jackets!) and collected them back in the early 1990s. I re-read them from time to time, This TPB from IDW Publishing collects issues 1 to 8 in a slim, attractive, handy volume. The art is dated, but that's part of the appeal. Anybody reading comics during that era is sure to get a kick out of this, and for Forgotten Realms gamers this is a bit of welcome nostalgia. I look forward to the subsequent Stayed up and read this cover to cover. I own the individual comics (still in their potective dust jackets!) and collected them back in the early 1990s. I re-read them from time to time, This TPB from IDW Publishing collects issues 1 to 8 in a slim, attractive, handy volume. The art is dated, but that's part of the appeal. Anybody reading comics during that era is sure to get a kick out of this, and for Forgotten Realms gamers this is a bit of welcome nostalgia. I look forward to the subsequent TPBs. Additional reading A Hero Twice a Month

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ned Leffingwell

    This was a lot of fun to read. This was how I remember comics being; cheesy, action-packed, and full of thought bubbles. The stories are excuses for a group of "adventurers" to run around using their special abilities. I liked seeing how people would actually use their abilities, such as detecting evil and stuff like that. If only they reprinted the old stats... This was a lot of fun to read. This was how I remember comics being; cheesy, action-packed, and full of thought bubbles. The stories are excuses for a group of "adventurers" to run around using their special abilities. I liked seeing how people would actually use their abilities, such as detecting evil and stuff like that. If only they reprinted the old stats...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    This was pure nostalgia for me. I read these back in the 80s in comic book form, but had long since lost them over the years. I was both surprised and happy to see these compiled into a series of graphic novels. This is a real throwback to the Forgotten Realms of old, when a well-known dark elf was not so renowned, and the most famous character in the setting was Elminster of Shadowdale.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Bowman

    I suspect this one wins on nostalgia, as I originally read scattered back issues of this series back when I first got into D&D in the 1990s. But I still enjoyed this a lot. One of my favorite groupings of D&D characters, and a simple but effective basis for taking the characters from place to place...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Lots of fun, nothing heavy but solid escapist fantasy stuff. Probably not for the non D&D fan. The early Rags Morales is interesting, especially as the series continues we start seeing the Rags we know today. The color is too bright and could have used a slick digital recoloring and the inks sometimes don't do it any favors but there are some moments that stand out. Lots of fun, nothing heavy but solid escapist fantasy stuff. Probably not for the non D&D fan. The early Rags Morales is interesting, especially as the series continues we start seeing the Rags we know today. The color is too bright and could have used a slick digital recoloring and the inks sometimes don't do it any favors but there are some moments that stand out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    I was pleased to find "Hand of Vaprak" as enjoyable as I remembered, with great characters, nice integration with D&D, and a fun, fast-paced plot [7/10]. Though not quite as strong, "The Dragonreach Saga" is still fun, though its ending is a bit anticlimatic [6/10]. I was pleased to find "Hand of Vaprak" as enjoyable as I remembered, with great characters, nice integration with D&D, and a fun, fast-paced plot [7/10]. Though not quite as strong, "The Dragonreach Saga" is still fun, though its ending is a bit anticlimatic [6/10].

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    This was the always the best D&D comic that DC published and it's still good all these years later. Jeff Grubb gives us interesting characters and challenging plots, and this is the first time I had ever seen art by Rags Morales; it looked good then and still does now. This was the always the best D&D comic that DC published and it's still good all these years later. Jeff Grubb gives us interesting characters and challenging plots, and this is the first time I had ever seen art by Rags Morales; it looked good then and still does now.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

    A fun volume of stories based in the Forgotten Realms. I enjoyed them, but will say the first half was better than the second. The story line of the second seem to be hurried and the ending not will developed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Max

    A pretty good collection of some old Forgotten Realms comics about an adventuring party that travels the Realms seeking out and taking care of magical artifacts.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jason Pym

    A lot of fun. Avoid the Drizzt comics like the plague though.

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