We return back to Baldur’s Gate to see what catastrophe is on their doorstep. Check out Minsc in Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #3 by IDW Publishing!
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: MINDBREAKER #3 (OF 5)
Writer: Jim Zub
Artist: Eduardo Mello
Colorist: Katrina Mae Hao
Letterer: Neil Uyetake
Editor: Zac Boone and Megan Brown
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 15th, 2021
Previously in Mindbreaker: A sinister force has come to Baldur’s Gate and has invaded the minds of its citizens. Minsc, Shandie, and Nerys head to an underworld contact to get more information but find themselves in battle against a monster with many eyes!
AN OLD FRIEND
Dungeons and Dragons: Mindbreaker #3 begins in a fight. Minsc is magically blinded, and his companions are affected by magic that plays on their insecurities. Due to Minsc’s amnesia, he can fight the creature because he doesn’t have memories for the monstrosity to manipulate. After killing the monster, Nerys tries to cast a Speak with Dead spell on the cultist’s corpses. However, she is interrupted when her mentor, Father Alby contacts her. Minsc, Shandlie, and Nerys heads to the church of Kelemvor to find Father Alby slowing turning into a mindflayer. Nerys opts to kill her teacher with a merciful death.
It has been a while since I picked up a D&D comic. Despite being a professional gamemaster and a comic book reviewer, this title never engaged my attention. Dungeons & Dragons: Mindbreaker #3 was a challenge for me to enjoy. The comic book felt like it was holding my hand a bit and spoon feeding me this plot line. Minsc is a legacy character and I remember him from the Baldur’s Gate video games. In those games, the plot lines were complicated and engaging. In a way, I’m saddened that we are getting the tone of a children’s book while exploring the theme of mind manipulation, loss of a mentor, and legacy.
BOTTOM LINE: DISAPPOINTED
I should be the targeted audience for this comic book, but I am uninterested in the tone of the story. Dungeons and Dragons: Mindbreaker #3 has the fun D&D references and tropes but doesn’t have the tone that I want for the content they are exploring. This is a 3 out of 5 for me. Not my cup of tea.
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Dungeons and Dragons: Mindbreaker #3 (of 5)
Dungeons and Dragons: Mindbreaker #3 (of 5) gave us deep themes but presented them in an unsatisfying way.