So, this is the first of the "Parade" books, which take place between the first and second books of "Zenith," and have more-or-less humorous stories of Herbert and Marvin (the duck and dragon on the cover) during a relatively happy time in their lives. (The "Twilight" books, set many years later, have a darker Herbert and Marvin, after many more adventures have happened to them -- the Dungeon books, as they add up, tend to give a dim view of adventure, as something that accumulates, like scar tissue, until you find that you can no longer move the way you once could, or feel what you once could.)
A Dungeon Too Many collects two French albums: in the first, a management trainee builds a second, competing dungeon right next to the original, and then lures away the customers (and the monsters) with his theme park-esque attractions. The second, which is closer to the tone of the later Dungeon stories, sees the Keeper send Marvin and Herbert to find a sage to decide what to do with the last wish in a magic lamp -- which leads them into a racial battle between overlord dogs and downtrodden ostriches. There's plenty of blood in both stories -- more than you might expect from the "funny" side of Dungeon -- but the second is darker and sadder, while the first is sillier, not as serious.
This wouldn't be the best place to start the Dungeon series -- though, on the other hand, it is a fairly frivolous, self-contained introduction to the central cast -- but it's another entertaining and sneakily thoughtful entry in a series that's much more than it appears.
Edit, the next day: Things I forgot to mention, the first time around:
- the full title is Dungeon Parade, Vol. 1: A Dungeon Too Many
- it was published by NBM in 2006, but should still be available from any decent comics retailer
- it was written by Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim (like all of the Dungeon books), and has art by Manu Larcenet
Book-A-Day 2010: The Epic Index
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