Dark Wraith of Shannara
Author – Terry Brooks
Pages: 208 pages
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release Date: March 25th, 2008
Let me preface this review with a warning: I know dick all about Graphic Novels and Comic Books.
I’ve read several (I’m a big fan of the Dabel Brothers’ adaptations of various fantasy series, for instance), but I’m far from an authority on the subject. I can’t comment on the effectiveness of the panel layout, or the deftness of the inking and the delicacy of the pencil work, but what I can comment on is what I, a long timefan of Shannara, felt as I read Dark Wraith of Shannara, Terry Brooks’ first attempt at a graphic novel.
In fact, I think the opinion of reviewers such as myself are just as important as those who have a strong history with graphic storytelling. Del Rey has recently been heavily pushing their line of graphic novels, and I’d be willing to bet that the majority of Brooks’ fans have never picked up a graphic novel. So, the question is, did he (along with Edwin David and Robert Place Napton, the illustrator and adaptor respectively) succeed in roping me in this Graphic Novel virgin?
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