“MINSC IS BACK! And he’s got a new quest: a young sorceress named Delina is on the hunt for her missing brother. But to find him, the unlikely duo of heroes needs to avoid the Watch, bargain with thieves, and navigate the twisted politics of Baldur’s Gate. What could wrong?”
You can find my review of the first issue here! The second issue was released on November 19, but I completely missed it because of the holidays. Last time, Delina (a wild mage and a moon elf) was being chased through Baldur’s Gate by gargoyles. She casts a spell which brings a statue of Minsc and Boo to life. They help her, but now the city guard think they killed all the people the gargoyles killed!
I really loved the intro pages, which focused on Delina as a child and explained what the difference is between mages and sorcerers in the Forgotten Realms universe. We see her fighting with her twin brother and being able to cast a spell when she loses her temper. This issue introduces two new characters, Krydle and Shandie, both thieves – and Shandie is a woman of color. I really love that there are already two women characters, and one is the protagonist. We learn that Delina is in Baldur’s Gate to rescue her twin; she’s sensed he’s in danger. The art is much more colorful here than in the last one; there’s a particularly lovely panel series filled with sunrise colors. Character art is consistent and expressive. My one small complaint here is Minsc – he seems to be a caricature of himself – yes, he’s funny and makes hamster quips in the game, but he also shows a deeper side. I hope this is coming as he spends more time in Delina’s company. That said, he did make me laugh quite a few times. Of course, who knows if he’s the “real” Minsc, considering how he arrived in the comic. In the editor’s notes at the end, we learn that he’s been a statue for about a century, which is good to know for timeline purposes. There’s quite a bit of intrigue stirring, and another Baldur’s Gate character to meet, and I’m super excited for issue #3!
Price: $3.99 at Comixology, IDW, and your local comic book store.
Written by: Jim Zub
Art by: Max Dunbar
Colors by: John-Paul Bove and Joana Lafuente
Letters by: Neil Uyetake
Edits by: John Barber