We are living amidst a TTRPG renaissance. With cultural phenomena like Critical Role intriguing millions, and bringing the intimate adventures of D and D campaigns to the internet with a fervor, it seems everyone is interested in donning their armor, finding their dice array, and getting lost in the fantasy for their various campaigns. I'll admit it, I did not first start playing Dungeons and Dragons until last fall, and I am kicking myself for not getting involved sooner! I'm obsessed!
Instead of creating another fantasy-oriented dice slinging tale, this winter Mad Cave Studios brings us a new offering focusing on how a RPG can help aid you during your toughest moments in life as well as how the real life changes to adventurers in a party could threaten the success of completing a campaign in....
The Last Session
The last campaign begins in a high school GSA meeting, where for the last several meetings...the president has failed to show up. Looking for something to do, our club of individuals across the genderqueer identity spectrum decide to embark in a campaign of Dice and Deathtraps together...and the rest is history!
While they begin this campaign in high school we learn that as they are all on the verge of graduating college, their campaign lies incomplete. The will of the group is to wrap up the one thing that brought them together in high school before they all collectively move into the post-college phase of adulting.
While this 5 issue series first releases on December 22, 2021, I was lucky enough to read the whole series. There are several reasons I think you should pick this title up!
- This series perfectly captures how a stable adventuring party becomes an excellent source of family, and anyone who's ever undertaken a TTRPG campaign will be able to relate to it.
- This also highlights how disruptions and/or changes in the real world may also threaten the stability of a party and their ability to complete a quest. If you've ever gone through awkward phases in your longitudinal friendships, you can relate to the hiccups in the group dynamic.
- When the story is taken into their realm of fantasy, it perfectly captures the struggles of adventurers trying to progress through a campaign, do you listen to the person who knows it all? How can you contain someone who wants to "Leeroy Jenkins" every encounter? (that's me) Host importantly, if and when your campaign wraps...what do you do next?
- I've gone on at length both here and on youtube as to why I love comics which are more inclusive, especially in sharing with my students. This story is the pinnacle of something I'm looking for as our entire cast of characters are across the queer identity spectrum.
This series checks so many boxes of what I look for in a comic, I am THIRSTY for this book's release. When asked about this series, Jasmine Wells (writer) says:
"As someone who made a tight-knit group of friends playing D&D in high school, this book was an absolute joy to write. Combined with Dozer's stunning artwork, we've created the kind of characters I'd have loved to read about, especially as a teen struggling with what being aro/ace meant to me. We're exploring the often scary transition from teenage years to adulthood in a way that's fun, a little messy, and with plenty of monster fighting. One thing I've realized as an adult is that friendship really can save the day, and more often than you might think."
In reading her quote after completing the series, I can definitely agree you can see how personal this series is to her, and it makes me feel more involved in the story because it feels as if we are looking into pages of Jasmine's high school year book, and I LOVE IT!!!!!
I am also in love with the art throughout the series. I love how the characters have a sense of authenticity to their appearance. I also love how you can pick out the essence of each of the people in their fantasy characters. As the story transitions in and out of the DM's fantasy world, it is done in such a seamless fashion that other stories which time/world/scenario hop could take notes on the masterclass Dozer conducts throughout the series.
When asked about what the series means to them, Dozerdraws says:
"As a nonbinary asexual artist I was thrilled to find parts of myself in the characters from The Last Session. We have such a big and wonderful cast and Jasmine managed to give everyone their time to shine.
For Dozer, I have two words for you...Mission Accomplished! As I adventured from panel to panel I found new reasons to fall in love with each character and how they advance not only on their in-game journey but in their lives. I really feel a strong synergy between artist and author in this one, and I hope that they succeed in making more of you fall in love with it just like I did.
Again, this releases on December 22, 2021, and you don't want to miss out!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...
Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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