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Critical Role comic will tell the origin story of Nott the Brave

Written by Sam Maggs, with art by William Kirkby

Veth turns into Nott in cover art for Nott the Brave. Image: Dark Horse Comics
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Dark Horse Comics’ line of Critical Role collaborations continues on April 6, 2022 with Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins - Nott the Brave. Polygon has your exclusive first look at the cover, featuring the beloved rogue.

Nott the Brave is written by Sam Maggs, best known for her work on Captain Marvel and The Unstoppable Wasp. She’s teaming up with Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and voice actor Sam Riegel, who portrayed Nott during The Mighty Nein campaign arc, to craft the story. The graphic novel’s art will be handled by William Kirkby (Rat Queens, Regular Show) with color by Mildred Louis (Agents of the Realm, Invader Zim).

Image: Dark Horse Comics

“Veth Brenatto doesn’t have an exciting life, but she likes it that way,” reads the synopsis provided by Dark Horse. “Unlike her childhood, it’s safe. Predictable. And her husband and son love her as fiercely as she loves them. But Veth’s cozy existence is turned on its head when she and her family are captured by raiders. In order to save them, Veth will commit an atrocity that will sever her from all that she loves — maybe forever — and lead her to become Nott the Brave of the Mighty Nein.”

Critical Role began as a series of actual play performances of Dungeons & Dragons, before developing a large following. The group now has its own publishing company, Darrington Press, that creates both board games and tabletop role-playing products. A successful Kickstarter campaign ultimately led to a two-season deal with Amazon Prime Streaming for an animated series.

Critical Role: The Mighty Nein Origins - Nott the Brave will be available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, TFAW, and from your friendly local comic shop for $17.99.

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