Monday, August 3, 2009

Dork Covenant: The Collected Dork Tower, Volume 1 by John Kovalic

John Kovalic has been gradually making a name for himself among the gaming crowds with his comic Dork Tower, but his influence is spreading out. From his thrice-weekly comics at his website to his bi-monthly comic, Kovalic is sharing his tale of dorks with the world.

Based around a few characters, Dork Tower follows the exploits of Matt, Ken, Igor, and Carson, gamers and dorks of the highest level. The first volume of the Collected Dork Tower, Dork Covenant, contains the first six issues of Kovalic’s comic, as we get to know all of our characters, as well as their haunts and hobbies. Kovalic fills each story, from the eight or ten page features to the one and two page shorts, with bright humor and witty illustration. In a very short amount of time the characters feel real, and remind you of people you know. The real power of the strip is that, gamer or not, not only will you find it funny, but it will remind you of your own life and hobbies. Far from the total nerd stereotype, we are presented with the fun, sometimes manic, lives of four adult male nerds. And it couldn’t be funnier.

There isn’t much in the way of a long story. Dork Covenant is just filled with short, moments in the life of the major characters. While a longer story might be nice in the future, as a way of starting out this one was wonderful. I can’t wait to check out the second volume.


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