IDW’s Dungeons & Dragons, Infernal Tides #3 hits the bricks running. The Baldur’s Gate heroes are trapped in Elturel, the capital of Elturgard. And they’re under Infernal attack!

Writer Jim Zub (D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, D&D: Shadow of the Vampire, Avengers) keeps the long list of characters straight and keeps us right in the midst of the action. There are proclamations, boasts, banter. The wit and wisdom of battling the unconquerable, seriously outnumbered, surrounded by storm clouds and the clang of swords. It’s a Blood War. Demons from the abyss use the River Styx to enter Avernus!

Max Dunbar (Avengers, D&D: Legends of Baldur’s Gate) illustrates the ‘hell’ out of this tale, with dramatic and dynamic figures flying, hammers of gods clashing, the sky filled with writhing figures. Likewise, colourist Sebastian Cheng pulls out all the stops in lighting effects, environmental effects, and character costumes. No easy feat to identify the ‘teams’, nail the lighting, the fire and brimstone moments, the light and dark moods.

It’s richly complex, vastly full of characters and dramatic tension, battles that seem unwinnable, and good versus the evil.

IDW Dungeons & Dragons, Infernal Tides #3, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Assume Teen rating

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!

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