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The Order of the Stick, Vol. 4: Don't Split the Party

(2009)
Author: Rich Burlew
Illustrator: Rich Burlew
Publisher: Giant in the Playground
Pages: 272
Personal Rating: 8/10
Amazon: 5/5
Goodreads: 4.5/5
Bindings:Paper Back
Series:
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Classifications:Comedy
Fantasy
Comic
Action
Synopsis:
Divided by the events of War and XPs, our heroes struggle to reunite in this fourth compilation of the popular online comic, The Order of the Stick! With their leader, ah, indisposed, Haley leads the quest to bring him back from the, uh, the place that he is at. (Hey, some people only read the comic in book form, I don't want to spoil it for them.) Meanwhile, her love Elan contends with new threats at sea, including some direct competition for her man! And how will these problems drive one of the Order's own to take an offer they should have refused? Find out in the exciting continuation of the OOTS story, Don't Split the Party! Here's what the book contains:

* All of the comics from #485 to #672, inclusive.
* More than 15 bonus comics, including two all-new deleted scenes: "Elan's Underwater Adventure" and "Get Roy".
* Ten pages of author commentary which will be horribly misquoted to support the more outlandish fan theories.
* A special dedication to Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, creators of Dungeons & Dragons.
* Preface by Roy Greenhilt.
* A recap of events-to-date by Belkar Bitterleaf.
* Printed on 50% recycled paper.

The next stage of the stick figure action-comedy-drama-fantasy saga is here at last, and it's just waiting for you to add it to your growing collection of fine The Order of the Stick trade paperbacks.
Reaction:
It starts to get a bit frustrating how long it takes to reunite the group, but that's only a problem the first time you go through it. If you're one to re-read your graphic novels, it becomes quite compelling.

The series shows that it has quite a lot of staying power. Great stuff.