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Dungeon Quest, Vol. 1

(Dungeon Quest #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  358 ratings  ·  51 reviews
One day Millenium [sic] Boy decided to grab his hobo stick, his bandana, and his Swiss Army knife, bid his mom goodbye, and head off on a quest for adventure. Joined by his best friend Steve (weapon: baseball bat; clothing: wife beater, cargo pants and sandals), they soon find themselves in a violent altercation with two other adventure seekers. It ends badly for their ant ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Fantagraphics (first published May 2010)
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Jan Philipzig
Both an homage to and a parody of role-playing games, Dungeon Quest Vol.1 aims for some easy targets, but does so in a refreshingly offbeat and never presumptuous way. David Katzman has described the book as "Dungeons & Dragons meets Twin Peaks meets Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure meets soft gay porn while stoned out of its mind," which sums things up nicely. Awesome stuff, obviously! ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beavis and Butthead meet Diablo II, but with brains, in this gonzo-stoner quest starring Millennium Boy, Steve, Lash Penis, and Nerdgirl the Archer. Millennium Boy sets off on an adventure to cure his boredom, while the others join him for no other reason than that they have nothing better to do. Eventually, they find direction from mystic guides and the discovery of portions of artifacts such as the cover dish for the Atlantean Resonator Guitar (found in the sarcophagus of "the infamous pirate, ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Stoner profane roleplaying adventure game (D and D territory) graphic novel with either sophomoric or faux sophomoric (by which I mean characters depicted as sophomoric for laughs as opposed to just crude) characters, including Millennium Boy, Steve, Lash Penis, and Nerdgirl the Archer. Lots of penis jokes, drugs, and pretty good potty-mouthed dialogue. Good artwork throughout for action sequences, especially. I am not a gamer so didn't like it as much as I might have if I were. But I liked it p ...more
David Katzman
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Dungeon Quest is one tripped-out mamajama of weirdo Dungeons & Dragon’s reverence and mockery.

This review is for all three volumes in the series.

The story starts out odd and gets odder and odder as it goes. And odder. I’m gonna say it’s like Dungeons & Dragons meets Twin Peaks meets Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure meets soft gay porn while stoned out of its mind. You’d think such a thing wouldn’t have an audience. Would you? Okay, maybe it has an obvious audience. Well, obviously me, because I
Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Frustrated with homework, Megamind-lookalike Millenium Boy sets out on a quest with his pals. Along the way he kills some muggers, takes a book from a poet/drunk, fights off molepeople and skeleton pirates, finds a healing pool constructed by Jesus, and builds up his magic abilities along the way.

The book riffs on the standard hero/quest game books that have been around for decades. Millenium Boy and his group of adventurers abilities slowly develop as their quest continues like characters do i
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Daly is a ridiculously talented cartoonist (his more recent "Highbone Theater" is wonderful) but hooooo boy the humor in this 2010 comic has aged like milk. ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gamers with high tolerance for lowbrow humor.
Recommended to Zedsdead by: ?
Shelves: graphic-novels
A boy with an irrelevant giant cranium gets bored of the California suburbs and recruits some friends to go on an adventure. They start off with weak equipment and low stats but gradually power up by slaying miscreants and monsters, looting corpses, and bargaining with the occasional trader.

The simple B&W art is clear and functional and that's about it. Reminds me of Dilbert.

The tone is very “fuck, bro, I’m a poet too, dude…” The word “fuck” appears about once per panel. I don’t generally give
Nicole Cushing
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
The Good: Any parody of D&D has potential, and this first volume sets the stage for some interesting adventures. The Atlantean angle seems fun/interesting, with some potential.

The Bad: Flat characters (especially the seen-but-not-heard Nerdgirl). I have a feeling I'd have a lot better time reading this comic if I were a stoned 17 year old. Alas, since I don't smoke weed, I fear that my enjoyment of this little graphic novel series may be limited.

The Verdict: I may (or may not) read Book Two of t
Oct 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I love the premise of this book:a real life role-playing adventure through the suburbs = brilliant idea. I also dig the strange, stilted drawings. The problem with this book is that there is only one interesting or developed character in the posse, and that Daly's idea of humor is not the highest form of wit. The guy is obsessed with penis. He likes to draw them and talk about them a lot in this book. That gets old pretty quick, but he never seems to tire of it. So if penises seem like a source ...more
May 04, 2016 rated it liked it
A group of D&D players decide to go on a quest across town. From there they encounter weird variations of different D&D monsters mixed with the real world. Joe Daly is obsessed with penises. There are multiple instances where characters are walking around with their junk out. And I'm not sure why Nerdgirl even appears. She doesn't have a single line of dialogue or do anything. Anyway, it's an OK read, just not really my thing I guess. ...more
Erik Erickson
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fiction
A fun read with good art, similar in style to Charles Burns. I'll have to look up if the author intends on finishing the story, I think this is a couple years old already.

Neat idea though, a role playing comic story.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
So this week I coincidentally read three books that were influenced by adventure gaming, something I have only a passing familiarity with.

This is surreal and fun - and it has a lot of dicks in it - but it left me wanting more, in the "That's it?!?!" kind of way.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
pretty hilarious, especially for anyone with RPG experience.
Derek Royal
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Joe Daly's unique sense of humor is on full display here. I wish Fantagraphics would release all of the Dungeon Quest books in one large volume. ...more
Jon Hewelt
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
ReRead 4 September 2019
I really like this. I like the concept, I like the writing. I like the art style. It's a fun fantasy adventure transplanted to modern suburbia, etc.

Here's my only qualm.

A character named Nerd Girl joins the party later on in the quest, and she has no discernible characteristics whatsoever, other than . . . well, nerd girl. She doesn't even get any lines of dialogue! That struck me as odd.

Silent characters in general interest me because, true to life, there are character
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of: fantasy, video-game rpg's, indie comic books, Dungeons & Dragons
I read Dungeon Quest out of order having stumbled upon Volume 2 first. That graphic novel was enough to entice me into reading the beginnings of this adventuring group and I am so very glad I did. Dungeon Quest Volume 1 is one of the most hilarious things I have read in a long time.

The story begins with Millennium Boy, bored with homework and television, deciding to go on an adventure. He enlists the aid of his friend Steve and off they go. After successfully defeating two thugs in a mel
Alex Sarll
I read an article asking the Saga creators for their favourite comics worlds; I think I'd read all of Vaughan's, and maybe one of Staples' - so I added the rest of the latter set to my list, and this is one. As the name suggests, it's largely an RPG pastiche, in which after every pointless fight our heroes have better stats and cooler gear, and in which major wounds just sit there bloodlessly until suitable healing can be found. The moody monochrome art builds a wonderful land in which standard ...more
Joe Jones
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fun homage for D&D fans. Millennium Boy is bored with his life in Glendale so decides to go on an adventure. He recruits Steve, Penis Lash and Nerdgirl the Archer to go with him. What happens next you will have to read to find out.

If you have ever played D&D or other adventure games you will get the humor and references. Just a fun graphic novel for fans of a certain age. This was volume 1 so you can bet I will be reading volume 2 next to see where the adventures take our motley band next.
Morgan Yew
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Joe Daly's Dungeon Quest taps a rich vein of imagination shared by many young men of my generation. The spirit of play and bromanship brought me back to so many integral moments from my childhood and post-adolescent quest-related drug explorations.

I only wish Joe maintained a consistent level of detail throughout the panels. Some sequences feel like an afterthought, which can be read through quickly, but part of the joy of this book exists in dissecting the techniques used. Small complaint reall
Adam Smith
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of these reviews and they all comment, whether in favor of or opposed to, that this is a send up/satire/mockery of a role-playing/RPG/dungeon crawler story. And while I can't disagree (I totally loved that side of things - especially when they would "gear up" and you'd see all of their new stats), I also feel that it was a commentary on the dangers of life for teenagers in South Africa. The first bad guys that they run into are simple ruffians. They also later encounter skeletons, w ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book about a couple of guys who start an adventure that slowly turns into a D&D-style quest. The art is a beautiful black and white and Daly never skimps on a background or a weapon. The only quibble is that a character joins the group and never speaks. Not once, not nothing. I'm not sure if this is on purpose, building to something, or if it's just same old same old. ...more
Oct 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 13x13, graphic-novel
Eh. This would have been a lot more enjoyable if I was into tabletop RPGs. This graphic novel follows the exploits of Millenium Boy, his friend Steve, and Lash Penis. Lots of dongs, overly in-depth character stats that I wasn't going to read through, and overall kind of irritating. Giving it 3 stars for the 3 humorous moments, and to balance out the fact that I'm simply not the target audience. ...more
John Isaacson
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very funny and spectacularly drawn, with full backgrounds on every page, and comic-book exaggerated perspective, this book is breathtaking, funny, and intriguing. Makes me want to go on my own Dungeon Quest.
Harry Connolly
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Profane, funny, violent as all hell. Four people get sick of their boring lives full of homework and TV, so they weapon up and go on a quest.

It's an odd world Daly is playing in here, but I loved it.
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fans of D&D and RPGs in general will find much to like in Joe Daly's "Dungeon Quest: Book One." While the stark and zany illustrations are a standout, Daly's dialogue has a zany and profane kinetic energy that is undeniable. Overall a clever opening volume for an epic adventure about to unfold. ...more
Jun 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and crass, in the vein of Johnny Ryan, but possibly just a little bit more classy (a really tiny, tiny bit.)
Mike Short
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
great read. Hilarious
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Solid. Great drawings. Funny and witty writing.
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Words I will steal from other reviews... Crass, juvenile, stupid, perfect.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
This is a great concept. Unfortunately, each volume is over too quick. I like the simple art style, nice clean inks.
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