Graphic Novel Review – TAZ – Petal to the Metal

Title: Petal to the Metal

Author: The McElroy Family, Carey Pietsch (Artist)

Series: The Adventure Zone

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

START YOUR ENGINES, friends, as we hit the road again with Taako, Magnus and Merle, the beloved agents of chaos from the #1 New York Times Bestselling books The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins and The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited.

Our boys have gone full-time at the Bureau of Balance, and their next assignment is a real thorny one: apprehending The Raven, a master thief who’s tapped into the power of a Grand Relic to ransack the city of Goldcliff. Local life-saver Lieutenant Hurley pulls them out of the woods, only to throw them headlong into the world of battle wagon racing, Goldcliff’s favorite high-stakes low-legality sport and The Raven’s chosen battlefield. Will the boys and Hurley be able to reclaim the Relic and pull The Raven back from the brink, or will they get lost in the weeds?

Based on the beloved blockbuster podcast where three brothers and their dad play a tabletop RPG in real time, The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal has it all: blossoming new friendships, pining for outlaw lovers, and a rollicking race you can root for!

My Thoughts

I am a fan of The Adventure Zone Podcast as well as the McElroy family in general. I Love the Balance Arc to eagerly pre-order these Graphic novels when they are announced. For those that don’t know The Adventure Zone is a DnD podcast where the Three McElroy brothers and their Dad have embarked on playing multiple adventures over the course of the years. It is incredibly funny wither you play DnD or not.

I will admit of all the seasons in the Balance Arc this one was one of my least favourite. The Graphic Novel however does a great job in capturing the action of the scenes played out. Keeping all the humour from both within and outwith the game characters. It had me laughing out loud. I really also loved we got a little more about side characters and back ground that just isn’t as easily conveyed in the podcast. This instalments is where we really start to see the set up of some awesome recurring characters in the rest of the seasons and It was great to see them depicted exactly how I had imagined them.

The Art remains amazing and the comic timing in the artwork as well as the wording still is top notch. I honestly cannot recommend this series enough. Reading this made me want to go back and re-listen to the podcast which I subsequently did and enjoyed much more this time around. I look forward to the next.


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Happy Reading!

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