“Penny Arcade Volume 5: The Case of the Mummy’s Gold” by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (Dark Horse, 2008)

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The Penny Arcade team are back again with their next long-awaited volume of the online comic: The Case of the Mummy’s Gold.  Volume 5 features a Hardy Boys classic looking cover as Gabe and Tycho stand wary by a door in geeky-looking outfits that bare a resemblance to classic Star Trek uniforms, as a pair of mummy’s arms stretch from the open doorway.

Volume 5 features some familiar characters, including our infamous fruit crushing friend, as well as some new concepts like their take on the Oriental Last Rites comic.  With the advent of popular Mass Multi-Player Online (MMO) games like World of Warcraft and the Star Wars MMO, Penny Arcade embarked on a new chapter of online comics with lascivious praise on some games like the former mentioned above, and scornful berating and insult on games like the latter.  Penny Arcade also became aware of their growing popularity and the fact that many people read the blogs and the comic and took the advice they offered.  With this power they began ridiculing and mocking different companies in the games industry much to the amusement of the fans.  It’s what really launched the comic into superstardom as it began fighting back for the fans.

Whether you’re picking Penny Arcade up for the first time, or simply addictively adding the next volume to your collection (like me), The Case of the Mummy’s Gold will be a welcome recruit, with lots of extra sketches from the different conventions they attended, including the actual paper tablecloth doodles they made to pass the time.  And if that’s not enough, there’s always the entertaining comments they’ve made on each comic about whether they liked it, or thought the concept totally failed, or simply have no recollection of what they did or were attempting to do.

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Originally written on October 7th, 2008 ©Alex C. Telander.

Penny Arcade will be interviewed in Episode 29 of BookBanter available April 1st.