Critical Role: Vox Machina: Origins II #5

Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Olivia Samson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 19, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 1
8.1Critic Rating
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Let the nightmare begin!  

Or rather, manifest. Keyleth, Pike, and Scanlan have journeyed to the Umbra Hills to find the skull of a nightmare. Grog's survival depends on their success (no pressure), but the cult that has supposedly been conjuring the magical beast is nowhere to be found! Unless, of course, the mysterious stranger in the local jail is right, and the nightmare cult members are right under Vox Machina's nose!

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Feb 19, 2020

    Jody Houser's script captures the essence of each member of the party, making the reader feel as if Matthew Mercer and crew were leading a Dungeons & Dragons session in the comfort of their own home. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Calum Petrie Feb 19, 2020

    Issue #5 of 6 is a wonderful penultimate entry into the Series 2 of Vox Machina Origins, while setting up the ritual and possible fight in the final issue of this series. The excitement translates over to the comic very well from the Critical Role audio/visual storytelling medium, while allowing us the character origins we never got in the first series of Critical Role. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Kate O'neil Feb 19, 2020

    This mini-adventure inside this longer adventure feels less dangerous and daring than the previous issue. The cultists seem woefully underprepared and more bumbling than threatening. The group was lucky they were able to retrieve what they came for. What the reader came for is an introduction to Percy, who enters the story by bargaining with the party to let free and wields the only handgun known to exist in the world. Plenty of teases and nods for a Critical Role fan, but rather flat as a standalone chapter in this story. It's still a lot of story to cram into a single issue and I'm a bit worried at how they'll tie up the story arc in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Christian Hoffer Feb 19, 2020

    I'll admit that the actual introduction of Percy and his reasons for joining are a bit weak, but I don't think that's as much of a comic issue as it is just the typical problem with introducing new D&D characters in a campaign. Read Full Review

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