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Goblin Squad Member. Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Card Game, Class Deck, Maps, Modules, Pawns, PFS RPG, Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber. 10,594 posts (12,266 including aliases). 16 reviews. No lists. No wishlists. 11 aliases.

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Even high expectations can be exceeded


In my opinion, this is the best opening to a Pathfinder comics story arc yet.

I am a big fan of Red Sonja, Valeros and Erik Mona, so I went in with high expectations - all of which were met. I don't think it would matter if you are unfamiliar with either Red Sonja or the world of Golarion. I think this series is going to be an excellent introduction to both.

There was always a risk that the "transported to another place" element was going to be too obviously just an excuse for a crossover. For me, I barely gave it a second thought - the comic begins with a bang and immediately opens up questions and mysteries for the hero to solve. I found myself wondering along with him, rather than being pulled from the story. I started curious about how it was going to work and ended up thinking only about the story, with a dozen questions, theories and guesses - eagerly waiting for the next issue.

There is lots of action, lots of story and lots of personalities introduced. Exciting battle scenes, genuine humor and a cliffhanger ending - what else could one want from a Pathfinder comic?

The only minuscule issue I had was with the opening - I felt like I'd just missed out on another cool story....Then again, I'm always happy when the sole complaint I can find with a product is that there wasn't enough of it.

Erik, Red Sonja and Valeros remain solidly as a few of my favorite things. If you're even mildly curious - buy this comic. It's awesome. :)

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Looking to be my favorite series so far

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I think the comics line is going from strength to strength. Whilst I enjoyed the origins series of one-shots, it's good to get back to a more extended storyline - plus the heroes are delving into a megadungeon with plenty of runelord flavor, so what could be better?

I quite liked the 'montage' approach taken to portray a protracted dungeon delve. The story has me immediately impatient for issue two - which is always a good sign.

The only negative, for me, was that some of the character interactions/developments are a little clumsy and obvious. I kind of feel like someone is hitting me over the head shouting "Hey! These two are in a relationship!" rather than just showing me. I can't decide if that's a function of this comic in particular or just the genre though, so I don't think it's worth the loss of a star (apologies to James - I feel like I'm being very picky here...)

It did feel a little too short (possibly just a function of setting the scene as issue #1) and I never like comics with ads, but one without is pretty rare these days. It also bugs me as a comic buyer that I can't opt-out of the folded up map included (which inevitably creases the covers). I'd much prefer it if the map inclusions were restricted to the covers (so the gamers could get their accessories if desired). this is especially true of the special edition covers which I really don't want to have pronounced creases in.

All up, I'm going to settle on four stars. If you haven't yet read any of the Patfinder comics, I'd strongly recommend this as a good place to start. There's a few references to people from earlier series, but nothing plot relevant.

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Surely they can't ALL be "the best set we've done to date..."?


Well, this one is. Plus it had to get over my bias against dungeon dressing (so count this as a five star rating from a minus one star start).

Wizkids and Paizo have done their typical, stellar job of rarity determination and collation. I got at least one of every figure in my case and ended up with multiples of the things I need multiples of and single copies of those that tend to come in ones.

I was struck by the colour scheme. Typically, I find PFBattles figures to be a little too bright and cartoony. These were much more to my taste. I had zero issues with any paint jobs - melty faced or otherwise (though I confess I'm a little less fussy than most, in that regard).

I really wish the dungeon dressing was in its own line of products (a la the iconics line) as I feel they're sufficiently different from "regular" figures to warrant separation. As it is, I find a niggling part of my brain resenting the fact that I subsidised the production of these when I COULD have been subsidising another half dozen rare monster sculpts.

Despite that one negative, the quality of this set demands a five star rating. This is right up there as one of my all time favourite cases from any miniatures manufacturer.

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I keep changing my mind about this novel.

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I really enjoyed the Golarion lore in this book. Quite a bit of stuff about the mwangi expanse, it's history and it's current exploitation by the Aspis consortium. There was an enjoyable plot - I found the protagonists believable and likeable and their enemies truly villainous. I desperately wanted them to get their comeuppance.

For me, the negatives came in the character development - a significant portion of the book had the main character reluctant to trust her new companions, feeling like an outsider, carrying her burden on her own, etcetera... Then it seemed like, all in a rush, everything is resolved and she's learnt to have friends. I also found myself railing at her blinkered stubbornness/stupidity a few too many times, though that's a pet hate of mine and probably isn't a big deal.

I can't decide on four stars for story or three stars for character - I'm going to round down because there was a particularly unpleasant torture scene (in my opinion it went beyond paizo's usual PG13 bounds). I don't enjoy reading that stuff without warning, so I've settled on a three out of five.

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Disappointing set

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I'm surprised the other reviewers have ranked this set so highly. To me, it feels like the line is getting tired. No doubt exacerbated by the inherent problems of working with licensees, I'm starting to experience a certain sense of deja vu when Erik posts that he's "working with Wizkids to iron out the problems - the next set is going to be awesome..." (or words to that effect).

The paintjobs continue to be sloppy, the number of sculpts has dropped significantly and there were a whole bunch of combat-useful figures omitted so that goats, crows, foxes and owls could be included. It's nice to have those, but not four or five of each at the expense of miniatures with far more utility. I can now plot out a nice farmyard scene but what's the point? The location of each animal is hardly going to be important.

I wouldnt recommend this set to anyone who wasnt an avid collector. I think it would make a poor first impression. Far better to just get a few of the single minis (several of them are quite good - it's the set overall which I found disappointing).

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