Okay, alright, I might just be the only guy posting in here, and I created the thread, which is deeply sad, even by comic book fan social life standards.
Nevertheless, I CANNOT begin to imagine a whole forum devoted to comics that hasn't got a Dungeon thread in it. Why, you ask? Simple: because Dungeon is quite possibly my very favorite comic of all time.
I can't really say what it is about it I love so much, so I'll try to present it so you can get your own idea.
Dungeon is a French comic created by Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar. It started off with a simple idea: a fantasy spoof, with anthropomorphic animals who can be total heroes or total losers, revolving around a great big dungeon full of monsters and treasure. The goal of this dungeon? To make money. Adventurers get inside with what little gold or magic weapons they got, kill a few minor monsters, finally reach a big, bad monster, get killed, and their few riches become property of the dungeon and its Keeper, an ageing, bitter, and very tight bird. Simple.
It all goes wrong when a simple clerk (a duck) who works there gets a very important adventurer killed by accident. So he takes his identity, and goes adventuring. That's basically the plot to the first ever Dungeon comic published: Duck Heart.
Since then, the creators have gone, well, a bit more creative: the main Dungeon title is called "Zenith", which is about the adventures of that very duck, Herbert and his vegetarian dragon pal, Marvin.
They also created "The Early Years" (before Zenith), which is about the Dungeon Keeper's youth, as he becomes a wannabe vigilante (dubbing himself "The Nightshirt") in the streets of Antipolis, the Big City, and falls in love with a voluptuous lizard assassin by the name of Alexandra.
They also created the "Twilight" arc (after Zenith), which takes place in a sort of post-apocaliptic world, where a mysterious and dangerous entity called the Great Khan has taken over as supreme ruler of the world, and where the dungeon serves as his fortress.
All these stories are interconnected, they all have a role to play in the continuity of the plot. You can enjoy one period without any knowledge of the others, it's just that once you read the others, it all comes together like a jigsaw.
To add to the already complex plotline, Sfar and Trondheim also created the "Monstres" series, which are one-shots focusing on one character or group, that can be set in any of the above three periods. They are one-shots, but they are still very significant to the general plot. Each "Monstres" is drawn by a different artist, so they all look very different.
To make sense of the different periods, every comic has a "level". For example, "The Early Years" period starts at level -99. "Zenith" starts around level 1, and "Twilight" at level 101(So Duck Heart, the first ever published, is on level 1). Those levels aren't years, they can be any significant amount of time. And every "Monstres" has a level too, to be able to place them chronologically. One "Monstres" even is on level -400 (a sort of prequel).
"It all sounds fascinating", you'll say if you have brain damage, "but why should I read this?"
1) Dungeon is extremely funny. It really isn't a spoof like any other. It's not SNL remakes LOTR. It's zany, inventive, and really, really hilarious.
2) It's very cleverly put together. The gimmicks and back stories are fascinating, character development is extremely fine. But they never take themselves seriously.
3) It may look childish (Trondheim's art can seem that way, some of the "Monstres" artists also make it look infantile at times) but it really isn't. It tackles very serious issues like love, parenting, honor, even rape...
4) From what I can see on the few comic selling websites I visited, it's dirt cheap. Of course if you want the full story, it'll cost you a bit more but even then, not that much. Try picking up "Zenith" first (start with Duck Heart), and go from there.
So go out, pick up a copy, if your store doesn't carry it order it (it's NBM), or find it online, and enjoy.
PS: There's another series of Dungeon I haven't mentioned, it's "Parade". There are 5 issues in this series, and they are small comedy stories set between levels 1 and 2, featuring Herbert the duck and Marvin the dragon.
But of course, if you already know what Dungeon is, please come tell me what you think of it! As I said, I think it's gonna be a lonely thread... Help me out...