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The Order of the Stick, Vol. 0: On the Origin of PCs

(2005)
Author: Rich Burlew
Illustrator: Rich Burlew
Publisher: Giant in the Playground
Pages: 72
Personal Rating: 7/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4/5
Bindings:Paper Back
Series:
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Classifications:Comedy
Fantasy
Comic
Synopsis:
Like all great stories in the history of the universe, this one begins in a tavern. The Order of the Stick: On the Origin of PCs reveals the secret character backgrounds of your favorite band of webcomic adventurers, the Order of the Stick. Spinning out of the popular online comic (and subsequent book collections), On the Origin of PCs presents 72 pages of all-new, never-seen- before-or-since OOTS action and comedy that detail what each of the six members of the Order were doing with their lonely and pathetic lives before they joined forces to become a less lonely (but no less pathetic) team. Presented in nostalgic greyscale that we like to call "Past-O-Vision," On the Origin of PCs is a vital part of your Order of the Stick collection. From new DBD publisher Paizo Publishing.
Reaction:
Simple, short, and a "reasonable" origin for each of the characters and how they met. If this had been a real story, I'm sure Burlew would have taken more time to tell it, but it's a reasonable entry point to the series. It wasn't published first, but it benefits from more polished storytelling and characterization than the first few strips in the chronological publishing order.