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The Case of the Mummy's Gold: Penny Arcade Volume 5    by Jerry Holkins & Mike Krahulik order for
Case of the Mummy's Gold
by Jerry Holkins
Order:  USA  Can
Dark Horse, 2008 (2008)

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* * *   Reviewed by Alex Telander

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

Volume 5 features familiar characters, including our infamous fruit crushing friend, as well as 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 series of online comics lavishing lascivious praise on games like the former above, while scornfully berating others. Penny Arcade also became aware of their growing popularity and the fact that many people read the blogs and comic and took their advice. With this power, they began mocking different companies in the games industry, much to the amusement of fans. It's what really launched the comic into superstardom as it began fighting back for fans.

Whether you're picking Penny Arcade up for the first time or simply addictively adding to your collection (like me), The Case of the Mummy's Gold will be welcome. It includes 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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