Looking For Group #6 is another fun romp through the fantasy genre, just like the first five issues of this title. Fans of the series will love this particular issue for furthering Richard’s character development and hinting at his past and greater things to come for the murderous warlock. Anyone with a good sense of humor looking for a fantasy title to get into would do well to check out Looking For Group.
As with the previous issues of Looking for Group, issue #5 is worth the cover price for Richard’s antics alone. This is an excellent series featuring high fantasy adventure and plenty of humor. MMORPG and pen and paper RPG players as well as fantasy fans of any stripe should not miss out on this series.
To put it bluntly, this is probably the best issue of Looking for Group that has been published by Dynamite to date. As expected, Sohmer works plenty of D&D and MMORPG tropes into his script along with a larger dose of comedy, but it is DeSouza’s artwork that truly stands out in this issue. His rendering of Hcitb, Richard, and Little Dick take Sohmer’s funny script into realms of hilarity. Even those comic readers not normally into the sword and sorcery would enjoy this issue for the comic relief alone. Hopefully, once they are snagged that way they will give the rest of the LFG series a shot, because it is a truly good book as fans of the series already know.
Ryan Sohmer’s and Lar DeSouza’s brilliantly entertaining comic detailing the adventures of a hastily thrown together group of adventurers continues in issue #3 of Looking for Group. While there is a quest and a large cast of characters, this book has more in common with a late night pick up group in an MMORPG than it does The Lord of the Rings – and this is a good thing. There are plenty of little nods and homages to both the MMORPG genre and its pencil-and-paper originators ,such as Dungeons & Dragons. For example, in this issue, a slightly befuddled beholder makes an appearance simply to utter a prophecy then wander off to drool in a corner. Mix moments like that with Richard’s antics – and he is the epitome of the late-night jokesters who can be found trolling MMO chat channels from World of Warcraft to Rift – and you get an exceptionally entertaining read.
If you play a massively multiplayer online role playing game, or if you just enjoy a good fantasy tale that mixes humor with adventure, you need to read Looking For Group. Notice that is not “you should read Looking for Group,” but “you need to read Looking for Group.” Start with the first issue, then read this one, then pick up every issue thereafter. You won’t be disappointed. “For Pony!”
It’s fair enough to say that the webcomics community and the mainstream comics industry are every constantly amalgamating into one entity. If it’s not clear enough with names like Noelle Stevenson and Ryan North being printed on books from the big two, Dynamite is coming out this week with an issue of the long running webcomic Looking for Group.
First and foremost, The Gutters was a twice weekly webcomic that made fun of various aspects of the comics industry. It took the comics news of that week and spinned into something hilarious and self-contained with a rotating cast of artists, including ones you might know like Annie Wu (Hawkeye), Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men), and even comics legend Neal Adams, who pencilled a heartfelt tribute to the late Joe Kubert in 2012. The humor of The Gutters is highly topical. However, in the tradition of the best MAD Magazine strips or SNL sketches, it can act as a nice time capsule to 2010 when people were arguing whether Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes (or Clint Barton) should be Captain America, or 2012 when the circle of snark around Before Watchmen and if it was doing irreparable damage to comics was going on.