Wow, that headline is just full of acronyms, isn’t it!  But that’s OK, since what it represents is just as cool. IDW has announced a new miniseries within the Dungeons and Dragons universe, being co-written by longtime D&D author R.A. Salvatore!

Now, I know I’m not the only one who got pulled into his novels with the characters of Drizzt Do’urden and the Dark Elves of Menzoberranzan. I even played the old 2nd Edition D&D games that place in that underground city (and I’m not afraid to admit it)! But now we have the writing talent and familiarity of the world of D&D from R.A. himself, and the publisher of IDW who is wonderful at managing franchised work, bringing us more D&D comics? Outstanding! Here’s IDW’s full release:

IDW Announces New DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Miniseries!
CUTTER Cleaves into Comic Shops this April!

San Diego, CA (February 7, 2013) – IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce another action-packed entry in their line of Dungeons & Dragons comics! This April, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: CUTTER, a five-issue miniseries written by R.A. and Geno Salvatore with art by David Baldeon and covers by Steve Ellis, weaves the tale of a family fiercely divided and at odds with itself, with a legendary sword hanging in the balance!

When the battle-hardened Drow renegade Tos’un must choose an heir to his legacy, his half-Drow son Tierflin and daughter Doum’weille become locked in vicious competition. But what will the prize, the bloodthirsty sword Khazid’hea, have to say on the matter?

“These comic series have become a wonderful tool for me to fill in the blanks and to crystallize my thoughts on the Legend of Drizzt novels going forward,” explains R.A. Salvatore. “The fallout from the twisting events in Neverwinter Tales not only came into play in the last couple of Drizzt books, but allowed me a strong plot line for an upcoming novel I’ve yet to pen. The same is true for Cutter – I see it already. So while these comic stories are self-contained, they open up to the wider stories going forward.”

From the writing team of powerhouse Dungeons & Dragons veterans R.A. and Geno Salvatore comes a tale steeped in action and intrigue, woven into the fantastically imaginative world that can only be found in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons. Rounded out by the vivid art of David Baldeon and Steve Ellis’ striking covers, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: CUTTER is sure to be a wildly fun ride for fans of Dungeons & Dragons and comics everywhere, not to mention an unexpected tie-in to this summer’s blockbuster R.A. Salvatore novel!

Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter (FC, 32 pages, $3.99). In stores 4/17/13.
Diamond Code: FEB130303

So, yeah. I’m definitely looking forward to it as I loved R.A.’s stories in the novel form. I am not as familiar with Geno or the artists on the book, but if the sample image above is them it’s definitely of high quality! Are you interested? Is the R.A. Salvatore name enough to get you to pick up the book?