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The Order of the Stick, Vol. 2: No Cure for the Paladin Blues

Author: Rich Burlew
Illustrator: Rich Burlew
Publisher: Giant in the Playground
Pages: 244
Personal Rating: 8/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4.5/5
Bindings:Paper Back
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The Order of the Stick is back in action (and in color!) in this second volume compiling the popular fantasy gaming satire webcomic in convenient book format. Watch in amazement as The Order of the Stick, everyone's favorite band of hopelessly incompetent adventurers, leaves the dungeon behind (probably a good idea, considering they blew it up anyway) and ventures out into the great outdoors. Thrill to encounters with bandits, dragons, assassins, and perhaps the most terrifying of all—paladins! Watch in amazement as the Order of the Stick finds itself caught between the forces of Good and Less-Than-Good as their stupid little adventure turns into a stupid epic adventure to save their very world! What's in No Cure for the Paladin Blues, you ask?

* A hefty 244 pages of full color comedy; that's a full half-inch thick!
* Printed on high-quality paper to ensure your book lasts longer than the current edition of the rules it satirizes.
* Enjoy 14 all-new bonus strips that fit in (mostly) seamlessly with the existing story.
* Skip past more than 12 pages of self-absorbed author commentary.
* Foreward by Scott Kurtz, creator of the webcomic PVP.
* Preface by Vaarsuvius, elven wizard.
* A detailed recap of the events of Dungeon Crawlin' Fools by Elan the Bard.
* And yes, the book contains a complete translation for all of Haley's cryptograms.
Burlew's story telling has matured and the humor has grown right along with it. The stick figure images create an image of amateurish production, but that is a dramatic misapprehension. There's a good charm to the franchise with those misleadingly simplistic designs. They're more sophisticated than they seem.