Comic Corner: High fantasy takes a dark turn

‘Forgotten Realms: The Legend of Drizzt Omnibus Vol. 1’ review

By Brittney MacDonald, Senior Columnist


A 424-page graphic novel may seem intimidating, but the amazing full-colour pages and deep world building make The Legend of Drizzt feel all too short. R.A. Salvatore’s engaging Dark Elf Trilogy is adapted perfectly in this graphic novel that breathes new life into the high-fantasy genre.

The Legend of Drizzt, written by Salvatore, follows the life of Drizzt, a drow warrior from the Underdark, as he navigates the oppressively matriarchal society of the dark elves. Born originally as a sacrificial offering, his infant life is spared only because one of his two brothers murders the other in a bid to increase his social rank. Trapped in a world where loyalty and love are things intrinsically against the “drow way,” Drizzt must learn not only to survive his servile lot in life but to find a way to escape it.

The art by graphic novel veteran Tim Seeley is expertly detailed and follows the more modern North American aesthetics with less emphasis on heavy inks. Instead, shadows are emphasized with different colour combinations and through use of colour opposition, showing a deep understanding of classical painting by colourist Blond.

This was my first foray into the high fantasy realm of graphic novels and I must say that, despite the intensely long read, this book is well worth it. This is one of the best literary novel to graphic novel adaptation I have read and I most certainly recommend it for anyone who wants the experience of a graphic novel along with the commitment of an in-depth literary fantasy.