The latest addition to the Critical Role graphic novel series from The Dark Horse is about the origin stories of the Mighty Nein. “The Mighty Nein’s” Mollymauk Tealeaf will be published in September and is authored by Jody Houser, directed by Matt Mercer and Taliesin Jaffe, as well art done by Hunter Severn Bonyun. The lovely and talented Cathy Le will illustrate and letter the comic, which will be the sixth in Dark Horse’s The Mighty Nein Origins series. This is the sixth issue of Dark Horse’s The Mighty Nein Origins comics, leaving Caduceus Clay (also played by Jaffe) and Beauregard Lionett (played by Marisha Dark Horse also publishes a Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins comics series that comes out monthly, as well as a Tales of Exandria anthology series that investigates the backgrounds of various NPC figures.
The origin of Mollymauk should be a compelling tale, as Campaign 2 of Critical Role eventually revealed that Mollymauk was really a resurrected cultist imprinted with a new personality and love for life. Mollymauk was a trusted member of the party who remained by their side throughout their adventures, even when they joined the Mighty Nein. He died tragically while battling a band of slavers in his final combat. After Mollymauk’s “death,” his original personality Lucien returned and became the main adversary in the second campaign. Mollymauk and Lucien were connected to Cognouza, a strange astral city that drifted across the Astral Plane. It’s not yet known how much of Lucien and Mollymauk’s past will be revealed, but this should be an excellent comic for those who enjoy Critical Role.
What strange occurrences led to the creation of Mollymauk Tealeaf? “Molly,” a high-energy entertainer, fighter, and performer, has a talent for hiding his genuine self behind the ever-changing color and form of a personality that he seems to don like his single coat. However, as with all of the Mighty Nein, his past will eventually catch up with him… and it’s a strange tale in and of itself.
The Origins of Mollymauk Tealeaf: The Mighty Nein will be published on September 14th, and it will cost $17.99.