Vox Machina: Origins Series II Has Arrived

Written by on July 10, 2019

Bidet and well met, Critters!

In case you missed it, Wednesdays are also known as “new comic book day” to avid readers of the paneled page — but today’s NCBD is a little different. This Wednesday marks the return of Vox Machina: Origins from Dark Horse Comics, and we’re proud to say that the first issue of Series II is available RIGHT NOW at local comic book shops as well as digital outlets like Dark Horse Digital and ComiXology! That’s right — you can finally stroll on down to your favorite local comic book store and ask the kind human behind the counter to point you towards a shiny new physical copy of each monthly issue of this adventure-packed six-part miniseries, starting today with issue #1.

Cover art by Fiona Staples


The original six-issue limited series of Vox Machina: Origins found (most of) our fledgling heroes coming together as an adventuring party for the very first time in an effort to stop a supernatural plague ailing the swampside town of Stilben. Series II leads the group towards new quests and dire threats in Stilben and beyond… When Grog Strongjaw suddenly goes missing, the members of Vox Machina will gain a new ally and reveal the secrets of Grog’s mysterious past on their way to find him.


This riveting “early-level” adventure has been brought to life by a killer creative team, including our own Matthew Mercer on story duties with Eisner-nominated writer Jody Houser (Faith, Star Wars, Stranger Things) supplying the script. Illustrator and Critter Olivia Samson is back from Series I, and is joined by colorist MSASSYK (Isola, Gotham Academy) and letterer Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena). Plus: Dark Horse has put together an all-star lineup of amazing cover artists, including Fiona Staples, William Kirkby, Benjamin Dewey and more.

We asked Jody about how her history with RPGs has affected her storytelling: “There’s a beauty in getting around and telling a story with your friends when no one knows where that story is going — not even the DM/GM. Obviously, a comic is much more [of a] planned sort of collaboration, but if we can capture that energy of the adventure that could suddenly spin off in any direction, of the friendship behind it all, then we’re doing our jobs.”


And did we mention that special variant covers of Series II issue #1 will be available in select markets? Starting today, Dark Horse Comics partners Forbidden Planet and Jetpack Comics will be offering an exclusive variant edition of issue 1 with cover art by official Vox Machina portrait artist Kit Buss! Meanwhile, a rad Frazetta-inspired variant cover from Pub Draw’s Babs Tarr will be available next week to attendees of SDCC — be sure to stop by the Dark Horse booth (#2615) while supplies last!

Cover art by Kit Buss

Cover art by Babs Tarr


If you want to catch up on the Series I action, head over to digital.darkhorse.com or comixology.com to score all six issues of the original run by writer Matthew Colville, artist Olivia Samson, and colorist/letterer Chris Northrop. Plus, we’re also releasing a trade paperback collection of Vox Machina: Origins Series I on October 15, 2019! Originally released through Dark Horse Digital, the Critical Role Vox Machina Origins Series I paperback collection features cover art by Stjepan Šejić and will be available to purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, critrole.com, and in local comic shops.

Cover art by Stjepan Šejić

Now that you’ve got all the information you need, the future (or more appropriately, the past) of Vox Machina awaits! We hope that you enjoy the next installment of our comic book series as much as we have. Is it Thursday Wednesday yet?

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