Quests Aside #1

Writer: Brian Schirmer Artist: Elena Gogou Publisher: Vault Comics Release Date: May 4, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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A skeleton, an apprentice mage, and an exiled princess walk into a bar... for another shift at Quests Aside, the local watering hole run by once legendary, now retired adventurer Barrow.

When the King privately explains that he plans to shut the place down, Barrow must find a way to hold onto his business and the family he's built around it.

It's always sunny in the realms!

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 3, 2022

    For $4.99, this issue costs a bit more than the usual comic, but it's also longer at 27 pages of content. Mostly this is a character drama with characters talking, but with the nice cut-aways, a mix of character types, and a mystery worth investigating it's worth a look. Quests Aside hits a pleasurable groove of comedy and fantasy with a great cast of colorful characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn May 5, 2022

    Quests Aside #1 has many of the tropes we love, but also enough subversion of them that they seem fresh. The story that is being revealed is serious, even dark, so the humor plays an interesting counterpoint to that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lotusland Comics - Hank Rea May 9, 2022

    'Quests Aside' is an unexpected but delightful fantasy sitcom with so much humor and heart that it's hard to dislike the new series. Schirmer's love of the genre and his characters shows making them endearing right off the bat. Playfully illustrated by Gogou and Nalty, 'Quests Aside' is a good time where the stakes are low, the ale is flowing, and everyone knows your name.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu May 15, 2022

    There's quite a lot to like here and a fully realized world established in just this first issue. This issue is a lot of fun and a great choice, even if you're not ready to bring out a big bag of dice. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge May 4, 2022

    Quests Aside is the kind of property that has all kinds of places it can go and a cast that can easily do it. You can see how it can get serious, silly, romantic, and political in really big ways. The setting offers up a lot of potential and just the teases we get with the cast shows a lot of that as well. I'm cautiously optimistic with it because we get a solid enough foundation here but it takes a lot of work for a property like this to engage in the long run. And the fact that I'm hoping it has a long run to grow into says a lot. The book reads pretty well as a whole and is really going to make something of itself as Gogou only grows more comfortable with the characters and settings over the run and takes more chances with them. The flashes of brilliance are already there. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin May 9, 2022

    A confident debut for a funny, creative idea Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bookcase - Clyde Hall Apr 26, 2022

    As the sagacious bards intone, Dont sit there in your room all alone, come sample our ales then stay cause youre prone! Quests Aside #1 is just potent enough that a second round will be hard to resist. Read Full Review

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