Dark One (Dark One #1) – Brandon Sanderson, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Pages: 224
Release Date: May 18, 2021

Paul is a young man who sees visions of strange and fantastic worlds–visions he initially believes are hallucinations. But these visions turn out to be prophesies, dark projections of a world in which Paul is a tyrant who destroys the world and the creatures that reside there.

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I am a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. His novels are some of my all-time favourites, so whatever he works on, regardless of the medium, I will read it.

Dark One was slightly disappointing. Everything reads as fairly basic compared to his other works. Nothing in Dark One is genre breaking or truly unique. The hero vs. villain and light vs. dark tropes rely heavily on already established uses. So, while Dark One does not introduce anything worth mentioning, it does utilize this trope effectively.

Sanderson’s ideas tend to be vast and full of depth. Dark One is no exception. I really enjoyed the introduction to the main character and the world. This blending of reality and fantasy allows readers a fairly comprehensive understanding of the world and characters even if both feel under developed by the end of the graphic novel.

The artwork isn’t my favourite style art for a graphic novel, but it’s certainly not the worst. For those of you who have read White Sand and were not a fan of that art, I’m happy to inform you that the art in Dark One is vastly superior. The coloring plays up the tropes and illustrates some spectacular scenes.

Overall, Dark One is slightly disappointing as the world and characters feel under developed. However, the blending of reality and fantasy work well to communicate to readers the vastness of what this world could be in the next few volumes. 

***I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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