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REVIEW: Quests Aside


REVIEW: Quests Aside

Book Title: Quests Aside

Book Description: “Quests Aside” takes place in a fantasy world. Most of the story focuses on the happenings inside an inn the series is named after. We get to see the staff interact with one another and learn that everyone at Quests Aside has a secret or two.

Book Author: Brian Schirmer

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Vault Comics

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Illustrator: Elena Gogou

  • Story
  • Interior Art
  • Cover Art
  • Dialogue
  • Mechanics
  • Editing


“Quests Aside” strikes me as a Dungeons and Dragons themed “Cheers” that feels like”The Muppets” with all of the behind the scenes interaction we get. Barrow makes one think of Sam “Mayday” Malone and the mage reminds me of Gonzo.

“Quests Aside” seems to spend so much time laying the foundation for subplots that the main plot and character development seem to take a back seat. From what I can tell, I believe the main storyline is about Barrow and the king having a history together. This history is why the king is giving him 30 days to clear out instead of just seizing the inn and the land it sits on outright.

There are fun moments along the way. I got great entertainment from the musical battle of the hales. Watching the mage repeatedly swing and miss in efforts to catch the waitress’s eye gave me a chuckle.

I liked the nostalgia that the cover triggered. The lettering reminded me of the Dungeons and Dragons books of a bygone age. It played a big part in my decision to buy this issue.

Overall “Quests Aside” has a good premise and a lot of potential. From what I saw it needs more than one issue to get the ball rolling with the rest of the plot line and character development. As a geek on a budget it was worth $4.00 to go on a curiosity voyage. I will be all over this one if I come across the rest of the series in the ding and dent section. Beyond that I’m afraid I have to pass.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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