Pathfinder #1 (paizo.com Exclusive Cover)

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Cover by Tyler Walpole
Story by Jim Zub
Interior Art by Andrew Huerta

Paizo Publishing's incredible award-winning fantasy RPG is now the ultimate fantasy comic from Dynamite Entertainment!

Valeros can rely on his sword arm and his friends, the mysterious and beautiful sorcerer Seoni and the silver-tongued quick-witted elven rogue Merisiel, but nothing can prepare him for the dangers that lurk ahead. The scattered and chaotic goblin tribes of Varisia are changing, growing in power and unifying in ways no one has ever seen before. At the heart of this strange evolution is an ancient evil looking to establish itself anew.

The iconic heroes at the core of the Pathfinder world are brought to life for the first time in a brand-new story full of charm and high adventure that will please fans and entertain new readers alike. Issue 1 clocks in at 40 pages, and includes more than 10 pages of character profiles and Pathfinder RPG game statistics, plus an EXCLUSIVE removable, playable tactical map and poster.

This cover variant was produced by Dynamite Entertainment specifically for the paizo.com audience, and is not available in retail stores.

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A fun story and a Sandpoint resource

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The comic is a bit different from what you might be expecting. It's split into two sections: the comic proper and a roleplaying section.

The comic itself is fast-paced and pretty fun. The story hasn't hooked me yet, but my wife doublechecked I'd gotten the subscription last night, so we'll count that as a vote of confidence.

I was worried when I heard about the comic that it wouldn't be very "Pathfinder," but I was blown away on that front. It not only feels like Pathfinder, there are places that they're illustrating things I hadn't understood.

The art was a bit of a shock at first, because I'm used to page after page of Wayne Reynolds. It took a bit of getting used to, but I think Huerta ultimately did a good job with it.

The roleplaying section in the back includes sample characters for the core group (Seoni, Valeros, Ezren, and Merisiel). It also includes a single encounter mini-adventure related to the plot of the comic.

The real star, in my opinion, is the Sandpoint Gazetteer. It contains enough information to start a game in Sandpoint and, although you'd want to check for yourself, I think it's spoiler-free enough to share with players.

All-in-all, I'd suggest picking it up if you're interested in Sandpoint, even if you're not gung-ho about comics.


More than a Story. A Resource.


Issue #1 was fun. The artwork is wonderful and the story moves along. I like what Paizo does so well, crossing over their products to create a rich world you can immerse yourself in, even if you don't have a D&D group.

Negative: The story is shorter than expected. It's not the deepest story either, and they took no risks, but it was fun nonetheless. The female characters looked too much alike.

Pros: Great art. Added depth to the Inner Sea World. The 10 page Gazetteer at the end is fantastic! Even if the story was awful, which is not the case, this could make the purchase worth it for many people. The depiction of Sandpoint and Varisia, and the character profiles, breathed a lot of life into the story. The full page map was a bonus. These features put the comic book over the top and make it more than an extra (thin) storyline. The comic book doubles as an additional resource and that is a huge benefit.

This is one ongoing subscription that will continue for a while. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. Good product!


Pathfinder #1 - no spoilers

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I received my first comic yesterday and was pretty excited to open it and read. I must say I'm a bit disappointed. In my opinion, the anime art style was not very good:
1) The characters did not maintain a consistent look throughout the book
2) The scenes seemed way to cluttered
3) It was difficult to tell with any detail what was going on
4) One character at one point looked exactly like a certain adamantine, claw wielding, hero (who shall go unnamed)

The story was a very typical beginning to any random adventure and mostly ho hum in my opinion.

The book was put together well on quality paper etc, although mine had a couple of smudges (light spots) on the front cover.

I'm not planning on dropping the sub in hopes that as the title matures, it will increase in quality.


*****

I just bought the Issue digital over at comixology, because I live in Germany and can't wait till mid September to have my printed version.
Even though I can't speak for the removable parts. The story alone is top class, and I wish number #2 would already be available.
The art by Andrew Huerta fits perfectly for a fantasy setting and the characters are greatly displayed, not just by art but also by the writer, Jim Zub. From those pages I must say for now Seoni is my favorite.
Also the Gazetteer part is nice, for those who know Rise of the Runelords it might not hold much new information, but it might also attract new players.



any idea if that goblin cover art is available in print form??

Dark Archive

Well I picked up a copy of the comic today, one of the alternate covers. It was pretty cool all and all, though felt short. Of course I did read the first 8 page preview before so that didn't help with making it feel long. The extra stuff seems to mostly be reprint of information about Sandpoint. Though it does have stat blocks for a couple of the NPC's in Sandpoint, a mini encounter.


I kind of dug the format ;)

RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16

Did this come out today? Didn't make it into my pull file. I'll have to go look for it.

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motteditor wrote:
Did this come out today? Didn't make it into my pull file. I'll have to go look for it.

Yeah it was released today in comic shops.


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Got my copy from the FLG&CS, and while I'm very impressed with the Paizo parts, and I love most of the alternate cover choices, the art style of the comic itself is hard to look at. Characters aren't consistently drawn from frame to frame, everything is "grotesque" styled (by that I mean facial proportions are off), etc. We've seen dozens of stylistic renderings of the Iconics, from near-realistic to manga-ish, and I'm disappointed that a look so radically different from previous work (not to mention the comic cover and character bios in the back) was chosen by the artist for this comic.

That being said, the story is chock-full of flavor and has me wanting more. And Seoni's disgusted look is pretty fantastic. You'll know the look I mean when you see it. The Sandpoint intro stuff is good, though mostly stuff experienced players have seen before, and I really like the idea of including an encounter map and scenario in the issue; a practice I hope continues, especially if they ramp up the CR to match the issue number or something.

So I'm grudgingly looking forward to future issues.


hdan wrote:

Got my copy from the FLG&CS, and while I'm very impressed with the Paizo parts, and I love most of the alternate cover choices, the art style of the comic itself is hard to look at. Characters aren't consistently drawn from frame to frame, everything is "grotesque" styled (by that I mean facial proportions are off), etc. We've seen dozens of stylistic renderings of the Iconics, from near-realistic to manga-ish, and I'm disappointed that a look so radically different from previous work (not to mention the comic cover and character bios in the back) was chosen by the artist for this comic.

That being said, the story is chock-full of flavor and has me wanting more. And Seoni's disgusted look is pretty fantastic. You'll know the look I mean when you see it. The Sandpoint intro stuff is good, though mostly stuff experienced players have seen before, and I really like the idea of including an encounter map and scenario in the issue; a practice I hope continues, especially if they ramp up the CR to match the issue number or something.

So I'm grudgingly looking forward to future issues.

Exactly what I would say.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber

This needs a PDF like the other suscriptions.


Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Not going to happen unfortunately, comixology has the exclusive pdf rights.

Scarab Sages

What sized comic is this?

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Masika wrote:
What sized comic is this?

If you mean physical size it is normal comic book size. If you mean page count it has 22 pages of comic in it, 12 pages of Pathfinder Golarion information, 6 pages of adds, not counting the inside covers.

The Exchange

I like the format and extras...hope at some point the extras will be new. (the sandpoint info is mostly reprint)
unimpressed by the interior art. dynamite has much better.

I like that these are new adventures, but I definitely would buy comics of established adventure paths.

I thought the mini scenario at the back was a great idea!

Scarab Sages

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Masika wrote:
What sized comic is this?
If you mean physical size it is normal comic book size. If you mean page count it has 22 pages of comic in it, 12 pages of Pathfinder Golarion information, 6 pages of adds, not counting the inside covers.

Physical size as I want to get Ultra Pro bags to store these puppies in. I am not a comic book guru/collector but wish to preserve these comics.

Silver Crusade

I got the comic at GenCon. Most copies were bent up. Finally found one to my liking. After reading i can say i enjoyed the story, but the art was horrid. I sure hope they have new artists to different arcs.

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Masika wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
Masika wrote:
What sized comic is this?
If you mean physical size it is normal comic book size. If you mean page count it has 22 pages of comic in it, 12 pages of Pathfinder Golarion information, 6 pages of adds, not counting the inside covers.
Physical size as I want to get Ultra Pro bags to store these puppies in. I am not a comic book guru/collector but wish to preserve these comics.

Normal comic book size which is 10 inches tall by 6.5 inches wide.

Scarab Sages

@Dark_Mistress
Thank you!


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Picked up my copy yesterday. I have to agree with some of the other posters - the art is a little off in places. I had to keep double checking panels to see who was who in some places. When you have to do that for iconics, something is wrong.

I liked the format and I'll give it a try for a few issues and hope that it picks up.


I picked mine up at my FLGS and I agree with the comments on the art. That particular style was definitely not for me.

The artist, though obviously talented, seems to have no concept of human anatomy. It seemed to me that, in certain panels, some of the characters teeth took on a life of their own. I can only assume it was meant to purposefully illicit a laugh as they appear so comically abnormal. Attempts to display different emotions changed not only facial features, but the entire shape of the head. Very strange, I hope they change the art style somewhere down the road.

On the plus side, I liked the cover art and the mini map/poster that came with it.


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I asked a while ago about a method of obtaining the encounter map in an electronic format, as Comixology does not include it. Any news?


Just got mine and I'm a paizo mark so it's pretty sure to please me at this point.

Let's just say this comic is getting me back into where I want to start collecting comics again.

My wife will be along shortly to yell at you :P

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I've been meaning to say this for a while, since I couldn't hold out and got a copy at my FLGS for my friend's birthday, but I sure hope the lil' battlemat included in this copy becomes a staple of the series.

What a great way to introduce some insteresting locals that insire adventure but don't necessarily fit into one of the map packs. A+ folks, just pure gaming gold.


Heaven's Agent wrote:
I asked a while ago about a method of obtaining the encounter map in an electronic format, as Comixology does not include it. Any news?

Any news about this possibility? I bought my digital copy at comixology and I have tokens on the junk beach map. Is it this the case also for printed copy? Paizo could you share a copy of the clean map in someway? I'll buy my printed copies with the next order...

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The battlemats will be included *at least* through issue 6. We're still in discussion with Dynamite about making them available digitally—for now, the print comic is the only way to get them.


Vic Wertz wrote:
The battlemats will be included *at least* through issue 6. We're still in discussion with Dynamite about making them available digitally—for now, the print comic is the only way to get them.

Wonderful if the printed copy has not the token superimposed to the map this is another reason for me to buy it... The problem here is still that I pay more for the order than for the books then I'll have to wait my next pathfinder novel shipping...


Any thoughts on how to store the battlemats? I'd like to store these in a way they won't get worn out if at all possible. 5x4.5 or so is a little tricky to find a container... 3x5 index card container just won't cut it. Leaving them unfolded at 10x16 would work but I can't find a properly sized protector.

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