Media Release — Geek & Sundry, Legendary Digital Networks’ gaming and pop culture-focused digital entertainment company, has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to release a special hardcover edition of Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins, the six-issue comic series inspired by Geek & Sundry’s long-running Dungeons & Dragons series Critical Role. Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins #1 was the fastest- and strongest-selling comic for Dark Horse Digital, making it among the top-selling issues and series in Dark Horse Digital history. This new volume brings together Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins #1–6, which explore the enthralling origins of the Vox Machina team and provides fans with a closer look at the show’s setting, the captivating world of Exandria.
Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins follows six would-be heroes as they uncover a plot to destroy the small coastal town of Stilben. The comic series is written by Matthew Colville (Evolve, Priest, Thief) with interior art by Olivia Samson, a member of the Critical Role fan community, and coloring and lettering by Chris Northrop. Readers of Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins can expect more than 160 pages of magical storytelling and bonus content in this collection.
Critical Role is a live multi-platform role-playing show featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and a troupe of fellow voice actors: Ashley Johnson, Marisha Ray, Taliesin Jaffe, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Laura Bailey, and Liam O’Brien. Each week, nearly half a million viewers tune into Critical Role, with the series racking up over 53 million total views since its launch in March 2015.
“Being able to bring our origin story of Vox Machina to the world through a favored medium like comics has been a surreal dream. Beyond that, being able to work with such talented people in making it happen has been an incredible experience,” said Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer. “This collection allows us to bring the story into your hands as a physical collection, as well as present elements from the story for use in the reader’s home games. I’m still kind of blown away this even exists, and I hope you’re as excited as I am!”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Legendary Digital Networks and Critical Role to bring Critters everywhere these gorgeous collected editions,” explained Dark Horse Associate Editor Rachel Roberts. “Their creation was a true team effort and labor of love, so we hope fans really enjoy them. I’ve been so excited to share details about these books—it’s certainly been difficult to keep them a secret!”
Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins hardcover is offered in both limited and standard editions. The standard edition features cover art by Stjepan Šejic with a spot gloss treatment. The limited edition comes bound in foil-stamped and burnished faux leather, along with a lithograph and cloth portfolio, housed in a faux leather, foil-stamped, and burnished slipcase. The standard edition of Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins (shown at top) is available for $44.99 and the limited edition for $99.99. Along with the stunning artwork, readers will find the complete collection of Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins #1–6, and bonus content including annotated cover process pieces, preliminary character sketches, and special character descriptions and stats.
In partnership with Dark Horse Comics, both editions of this amazing volume can be purchased from the Geek & Sundry online store. For further details and order information on Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins, please visit shop.geekandsundry.com.
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Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins HC Limited Edition (shown below)