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An absolutely beautiful book that is very clearly lovingly crafted. The concept is neat, especially if you’re already invested a bit with Critical Role’s second campaign. This is primarily a book of art, and the art is gorgeous. Many styles, all executed very very well. This blows the official D&D books completely out of the water in terms of style and quality - both of the art and the book as a physical object. Heavy weight paper and high quality print.
Just an absolute joy, and I would love a good chunk of these works as framed posters. Well worth the money. And enjoyable even if you have no clue about Critical Role.
Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria the Mighty Nein is less of a book, and more of a love letter to the fans of the insanely popular web show Critical Role. The book is basically a set of reports from Beau to the Cobalt Soul sandwiched between some absolutely amazing art provided by the show's fans.
The lead time on bringing a book like this to market is quite long so the character profiles will be a little old for people who are up-to-date with the show, but the way it is set up there is plenty of scope for further books in the series covering later events.
If you're looking for a story or some deep dive into the world, this isn't really for you. However, if you're looking for a beautiful coffee table book with some breathtaking artwork and some little in-jokes and character pieces, then you'll really enjoy this.
It is certainly one for the show's fans rather than people new to the world of Exandria, but if you love the show, chances are you'll love this.
With more than 250 pages of high quality images on heavy stock paper with a sewn binding, this hefty, full-colour, hardcover tome is a real treat for the Critters of Matt Mercer and the Mighty Nein. As a collection of fan art, the artistic styles are naturally highly varied, with everything here from dark and moody pieces to fun, garish cartoons. The book is well laid out, though - nothing particularly jars - and the pieces are consistently excellent.
I love when creators put something together, and treat it like it is an artifact from the world they've built. This art book is written/put together as if it is a report/book about the Mighty Nein written by the Cobalt Soul. You'll get beautiful pieces of art for the characters, moments in the campaign, advertisements from the world, as well as some reports by archivists from the Cobalt Soul.
Additionally, the quality of the book is top notch. The binding is sewn, and glued, and after a bit of break in, the book will lay flat. The paper quality is exceptional, very thick stock, thinner than something of a DC Absolute edition, and with more gloss.
Thank you Critical Role for producing such a beautiful book that I can cherish for the rest of my life.
Beautiful compilation of artworks, really enjoyable to read and flip through. I love collecting art books and this one is easily one of my favourites on my shelf. There's sections for each of the Mighty Nein as well as some of the guest characters, with notes written by expositor Beauregard. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a gorgeous piece of Critical Role history!
I follow most of the artists featured in this book. it's nice to see them get recognized for what they love. the book itself is a treat. told from the archivist perspective on a character's notes, it gives an insight on how they see the world. 10/10