Critical Role is continuing their collaboration with Dark Horse Comics with a new series of graphic novels, Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins, centered around the characters from the adventuring party of Campaign 2.
At San Diego Comic Con 2017, it was first announced that Dark Horse Comics would be working with Critical Role and Geek & Sundry to explore the backstory of Vox Machina, the adventuring party of Campaign 1. The Vox Machina Origins comics not only explored the pre-stream adventures of Vox Machina, but how the group came together. Vox Machina Origins I is six issues and was successful enough that Dark Horse continued the partnership with Vox Machina Origins II which is also six issues.
Vox Machina Origins reveals key moments from the home game pre-stream allowing Critters to learn more about the famed adventuring party from Campaign 1. Similarly, the upcoming animated series The Legend of Vox Machina will explore pre-stream stories as well as stories from the livestream of Campaign 1. Vox Machina Origins has been an impressive if unexpected success and will continue with Vox Machina Origins III. Now Critical Role will explore the origins of each member of The Mighty Nein.
CRITICAL ROLE’S THE MIGHTY NEIN ORIGINS GRAPHIC NOVELS
The Mighty Nein Origins is a new line of hardcover graphic novels with each focused on a different member of The Mighty Nein. Unlike Campaign 1, the current campaign has been streamed since the beginning. While we know quite a bit of each character’s backstory, these graphic novels will give Critters a greater understanding of the characters and the events that lead them to becoming part of the Mighty Nein. The first two graphic novels announced will focus on Laura Bailey’s Jester Lavorre, a blue Tiefling Cleric, and Liam O’Brien’s Caleb Widogast, a human wizard which will be released this summer.
The Mighty Nein Origins: Jester Lavorre is written by Sam Maggs (Captain Marvel, The Unstoppable Wasp), line art by Hunter Severn Bonyun, colors by Cathy Le and has been developed with direction by Laura Bailey, who created and plays Jester, and Dungeon Master Matt Mercer. The Mighty Nein Origins: Jester Lavorre will be released June 16, 2021.
“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.”
The second graphic novel, The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast is written by Jody Houser (Vox Machina Origins, Stranger Things, StarCraft: Survivors), line art by Selina Espiritu, colors by Diana Sousa, and developed with direction by Liam O’Brien, who created and plays Caleb, and Dungeon Master Matt Mercer. The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast is set to be released July 14, 2021.
“In 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.”
The Mighty Nein Origins graphic novels look to be a great way for Critters to further explore the world of Campaign 2 and get a deeper understanding of their favorite characters. The Mighty Nein Origins: Jester Lavorre will be released June 16, 2021. The Mighty Nein Origins: Caleb Widogast will be released July 14, 2021.
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