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Petals to the Metal

(The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels #3)

4.62  ·  Rating details ·  5,070 ratings  ·  590 reviews
START YOUR ENGINES, friends, as we hit the road again with Taako, Magnus and Merle, the beloved agents of chaos from the #1 New York Times Bestselling books The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins and The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited.

Our boys have gone full-time at the Bureau of Balance, and their next assignment is a real thorny one: apprehending The
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by First Second
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Sarah Ames-Foley
#1: Here There Be Gerblins ★★★.5
#2: Murder on the Rockport Limited ★★★★
#3: Petals to the Metal ★★★★
#4: The Crystal Kingdom ???

finally, we get to that gay shit.

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love these!! And I don’t know what the eff is wrong with GR but my damn read/rated books aren’t going through or going through at weird times if they do!!! Can we just not have a normal ending, GR! I’m about I’ve this site and it’s bullshit!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Mara
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
Just so charming! This made me laugh out loud, and I loved seeing more of our beloved characters brought to life. Captain Captain Bane! Hurley! GARYL! This made me smile throughout
Adam
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best Balance chapter yet.

When I first heard that the podcast was being turned into a comic book, this was the act I was looking forward to most. (The Stolen Century is my other favorite, but that’s a couple years away.) I’m happy to report that seeing the battle race on paper was just as awesome as what I pictured in my head. What I didn’t expect was how well done the Hurley and Sloane relationship was presented. TAZ story has tugged on heartstrings in the past, but their story resonated mor
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Lizz
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like the first two books, PttM has all the advantages of a wild, improv’d, hilarious story AND the benefit of knowing how it all ends so they can polish it all up, fix their mistakes a little sooner, and sow all kinds of wonderful, devastating foreshadowing for those of us who already know the endgame. The first glimpse of [redacted]? The first convo with [also redacted]? Carey Pietsch’s art is so vibrant and expressive and I adore all of the little details and easter eggs. The facial expression ...more
The Bibliopossum
What's good about these adaptations is that the crew's able to retroactively tweak details from the initial podcast to maintain both a tonal consistency AND fix narrative flubs that were unintentionally bad.

What I'm saying is, Hurley and Sloane's story was done even better in this volume than in the audio files, and I'm so glad this exists.
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There's a preview of this comic in Entertainment Weekly that relays that one scene.
You know the one.

Merle, you scalawag, talking to vines like that.


My hea
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Caroline
Really fun and I love what they've done in adapting in. This one is probably my least favourite of the three so far. In some of the combat I found that things became somewhat cluttered and confusing. Otherwise high quality. ...more
Stewart Tame
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it
In this book, we’re exploring the trope of the Big Race. In order to reclaim their next artifact, Taako, Merle, and Magnus must first defeat its wielder in vehicular combat. Naturally, the track is filled with improbable machines and drivers, and anything goes when it comes to eliminating one's opponents.

As with previous adventures, although the situation and characters are presented with a nod and a wink, the actual events of the tale play out fairly straight. Most of the ongoing humor comes f
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Laura
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
We're getting to the point in the Bureau of Balance story where it makes sense to do some changes and foreshadowing and just generally make it worth reading the graphic novels when you already know the story. There are a few panels that are definitely Clint being clever ((view spoiler))

For some reason, I was less of a fan of the art in this volume than the previous ones, but I can't expla
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Maia
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I remember this series of episodes as some of my very favorite from the whole TAZ Balance arc, and I feel like the comic is really finding it's feet as well. There are a ton of great action sequences, the jokes are there, and some beautiful and emotional slash pages. It's still really hard for me not to compare each page to my memories of listening to the podcast- I think that whichever version (pod or comics) a person experiences first, that version will probably always be their favorite. ...more
Renata
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I endlessly struggle with figuring out how accessible these are to folks who don't listen to the podcast? Truly not sure if/how it translates. But also, that's on those people. I love the podcast and these books are a fun treat! ...more
Jessica L. Martens
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was everything I wanted it to be and more. Petals was already one of my favorite arcs, so getting to re-live it in this format is such a treat. I loved how the graphic novel dives so much more into Sloane and Hurley’s relationship, and the ending is absolutely stunning.
Marta
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The fun continues. This time we have a fantasy car chase with dangerous contraptions and crews, old and new friends, and for the first time, a bittersweet love story. Another new element is a hint of an overarching sinister mystery and some moral to the story. Don’t worry, though, most of it is fantasy action and adventure, nerdy jokes, spiced with the occasional meta-injections from the DM. The art is fun, cute and very action-driven. Occasionally I gad a hard time telling what was going on bec ...more
Joel
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This arc didn’t work as well as a comic—I found the action of the race basically impossible to follow—but it’s nice to spend time with these characters again.
Cameron
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
love the art
Vanessa
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gay rights 🏳️‍🌈🌸

Also I’m so excited to see Kravitz in the next volume

Edit: I just realized the only negative about the graphic novels is the bopping soundtracks don’t come with it 😔👊
Emma
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, graphic-novels
I absolutely love The Adventure Zone podcast and have thoroughly enjoyed the previous installments in the graphic novel adaptation but Petals to the Metal just didn't quite land for me. For starters, this has got to be one of my least favorite arcs in the Bureau of Balance campaign (or possibly the most -- it's been a while since my last listen) as its tonally very different from what came before.

The graphic novel version of Petals to the Metal was fine but was missing the same sense of joy as
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Katie
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Unsurprisingly, the McElroys and Carey Pietsch have done it again--adapting an incredible podcast into a graphic novel that stands on its own two feet, able to be completely separate from the source material while honoring it in all the right ways.

The art is, as always, fantastic. Carey is extremely talented and I always look forward to seeing how she will translate an audio source into images. The jokes are amazing too! There were some new ones created just for the graphic novel that made me la
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Jess
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5

These characters are fully realized creations in the best adaption yet*. Still a few places that I wish were more fleshed out. Carey's artwork is stunning and so effectively simple on places that I'm in awe. A lot of fun panels that will be fun to compare to later books. People who were concerned about the ending change shouldn't have worried. It wasn't the fix I thought it would be but this works so so well. The cutest couple. 😭



*One of my favorite bits was cut but that's life.
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Gretal
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
SLOANE AND HURLEY
Celine
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this series so much. They're doing such a good job adapting it from the podcast, keeping just the right things, adding and changing things around when the story needs to be tightened or some mistakes were made during the improv (unburying the gays directly for example) plus the super meta humor and god, the art?? Carey Pietsch is so talent!! 
Also can we appreciate the ramping up of the gay to 11 in this book?? Not just Sloane and Hurley but also Taako??? Being super gay way be
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Shane
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5. This was...fine? I didn't connect to it the way I expected to. The Petals to the Metal arc was one of my favorites when I was listening to the podcast, but the way it translated to this medium didn't super work for me. Part of it might be a reading during quarantine effect, of course, but the characters and the action just came across as a bit flat to me. I feel like they're trying to balance how the characters were in the podcast (a bunch of assholes a lot of the time) and making them more ...more
Ithil
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love the tré horny bois and therefore my opinion is going to be strongly biassed. So what?

The Adventure Zone, both the podcast and the graphic novels, are for me comfort media. This means when I’m having a hard time and need comfort, I come back to them again and again. And it never disappoints.

I absolutely adore the art of the graphic novel. I think Carey keeps doing an amazing job capturing the characters, the story and their peculiarities. The range she shows is huge. TAZ can go from a ver
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Andrew
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal, by the McElroy gang, is the third in a fantastic graphic novel series that chronicles the D&D adventures of the authors. This series is a graphic novel adaptation of a podcast series of the same name. This one follows the gang as they continue to hunt for dangerous artifacts in a golden city of finance. Demon eyeballs, death races, giant, sentient plants, thieves and cops all play a part in this one. The crew ratchets up quite the kill count (whoops!) as ...more
Corey Campbell
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is undoubtedly one of my favorite arcs in the podcast. It's exciting, fast-paced, and it's where the story really starts to sink in. The Graphic Novel was, ironically enough, my least favorite of the series so far. The story pre-supposes that you're familiar with the source material and the illustrations are a bit muddy. I still enjoyed it quite a bit, but I think some of the energy and charm of this arc was lost in translation. ...more
Sara
The colours and art in this one were off the charts!!! Also the ending made me tear up; I LOVE HURLEY AND SLOANE SO ! MUCH !

I eagerly await Crystal Kingdom (and hopefully the pending release date will force me to finish that arc in the podcast)!!

Ps. The views expressed in this review are my own and do not reflect the views of Indigo Books & Music Inc. or any of its subsidiaries. #IndigoEmployee
kylee
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MY GALS! SLOANE AND HURLEY!! i’ve been counting down the days until this book since november! and now i must wait another year for crystal kingdom :( and another year after that for the eleventh hour :(
Maisie Iven
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clint McElroy is the father of Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy. He does the Adventure Zone podcast with them and has also appeared on several Maximum Fun donors-only bonus episodes.

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Other books in the series

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels (4 books)
  • Here There Be Gerblins (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels #1)
  • Murder on the Rockport Limited!  (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels #2)
  • The Crystal Kingdom (The Adventure Zone Graphic Novels, #4)

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