Comic Book / Myth Adventures
is an eight-part graphic novel by Phil Foglio
, adapted from the first of the Myth Adventures
novels by Robert L. Asprin. It was originally published in eight issues by WaRP Graphics (publishers of ElfQuest
) in the mid-80s, and subsequently as a collected edition book. Starting in 2010, it was serialised as a webcomic on Foglio's website
The plot involves Skeeve, a hapless apprentice magician, and Aahz, a demon (i.e., a being from another dimension, no moral alignment implied) as they attempt to track down the person who killed Skeeve's teacher.
Phil Foglio's adaptation of Myth Adventures provides examples of:
- Analogy Backfire: Inverted — Aahz tells Skeeve, "We'll be famous for this! Like Napoleon at Waterloo - Custer at the Little Big Horn - the Light Brigade at Balaclava..." The inversion is that Aahz presumably knows that those battles didn't end well for the named person, and thus is fully aware of what he's saying, but Skeeve doesn't know, and is genuinely encouraged by the analogy.
- The Cameo:
- Chain of Deals: This is how the Deveels make their fortunes. An example is given of a chain of deals that begins with a coat hanger and concludes with a giant ruby.
- Complete Immortality: The evil sorcerer Isstvan has been cursed with immortality. You can blow him up and all the bits will just squelch together again (fortunately along with his clothes).
- Explosive Breeder: There is a Running Gag in one chapter involving small dragons that reproduce on contact with water (which originally appeared in What's New? with Phil and Dixie). One of them happens to get into a market stall demonstrating umbrellas, and after that they keep showing up everywhere, until at the end of the scene the original owners are forced to round them all up.
- Extreme Omnivore: Aahz, in a visual Running Gag, is occasionally seen snacking on various objects not usually considered food. However, considering the content of Pervian food, this may be entirely justified — or just Foglio's sly way of pointing out Aahz's scenery-chewing ways in the novels.
- From a Single Cell: Isstvan gets blown up by a spell, and then rather squishily reconstitutes.
- Gagging on Your Words: Aahz has a problem with the word "give".
- Heart Symbol: Parodied with signs saying "I ♥ NY"; "I ♣ Seals"; "I ♠ Cats" and "I ♦ ..." and the end of that sign is covered. Years later, Foglio was asked how the last sign ended, and replied "It was cleverly blocked for a reason."
- Immortality Hurts: The villain Isstvan has suffered through this for (presumably) centuries. The whole plot is set in motion because he's trying to get himself killed. In a bit of a subversion, it's hinted he was crazy even before all this happened to him.
- Lame Rhyme Dodge: At the end, when Aahz is explaining why he chose to stick around and continue Skeeve's education:
Aahz (very quietly): ...besides... I like you.
Skeeve: What was that?
Aahz: I said "Have a brew!" I will allow you one night of celebration, and then, bright and early, tomorrow morning, we start teaching you real magik!
- Magick: Following the lead of the novels, "magik" is spelled with a k.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Aahz.
- Garkin's assorted belongings include, among other things, a The King in Yellow paint-by-numbers book.
- The Bazaar sequence includes shops named "Robert Asprin's Pharmaceuticals" and "Richard Pini Sexual Novelties And Prostheses", amongst others. (Richard Pini was the RP in "WaRP Graphics". Robert Asprin presumably needs no introduction.)
- Godzilla can be seen amongst the dragons for sale at the same Bazaar.
- When Skeeve temporarily thinks Aahz is dead, he resolves to fight evil using a rat as an omen and "strike terror into the hearts of criminals...(a cowardly, superstitious lot)".
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Isstvan.