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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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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.

30 review for Dark One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petrik

    I have a Booktube channel now! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/petrikleo ARC provided by the publisher—Vault Books—in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 stars Dark One is Sanderson’s new graphic novel, and it’s better than White Sands. Let me first clarify that Sanderson is one of my top favorite authors; what he achieved with his Cosmere novels is truly special to me. However, reading his White Sands graphic novel adaptation was a tormenting experience, and I honestly was scared of giving I have a Booktube channel now! Subscribe here: https://www.youtube.com/petrikleo ARC provided by the publisher—Vault Books—in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 stars Dark One is Sanderson’s new graphic novel, and it’s better than White Sands. Let me first clarify that Sanderson is one of my top favorite authors; what he achieved with his Cosmere novels is truly special to me. However, reading his White Sands graphic novel adaptation was a tormenting experience, and I honestly was scared of giving Dark One a try. Now, there’s one problem with reading any graphic novel with Sanderson’s hand in it: I will always want a prose version of it. As interesting as Dark One is, it’s unfortunately not an exception to that. Dark One definitely felt like it’s designed specifically for it to be a graphic novel, and the story that Sanderson told with the Dark Lord premise actually worked nicely for the medium. But I can’t help but feel that it would’ve been much better if Sanderson wrote a prose version of it. I enjoyed reading the first volume of Dark One, and I do hope this graphic novel won’t end at three or four volumes; there’s potential for it to immensely grow. Knowing Sanderson’s storytelling style, I assume the twists of dark versus light here will have an intriguing execution to it in the future. It might be a while before I dive into the next volume, but I will be keeping this series on my radar. You can find the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewing! My Patrons: Alfred, Alya, Annabeth, Ben, Blaise, Devin, Diana, Edward, Ellen, Gary, Hamad, Helen, Jimmy Nutts, Joie, Lufi, Melinda, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas, Sarah, Seth, Shaad, Summer, Zoe.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley "Our Chapters end. The narrative does not." I did not know about this book until I saw reviews and ratings of the ARC going around lately. I found out that it was available on Netgalley so I got it immediately. The Current rating this ARC has is 3.75 which happens to be my exact rating too I (In another language 7.5/10). Graphic Novels are always a challenge to read because there is the plot, the world-building, the characters which all ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley "Our Chapters end. The narrative does not." I did not know about this book until I saw reviews and ratings of the ARC going around lately. I found out that it was available on Netgalley so I got it immediately. The Current rating this ARC has is 3.75 which happens to be my exact rating too I (In another language 7.5/10). Graphic Novels are always a challenge to read because there is the plot, the world-building, the characters which all are found in the typical novel format but the authors have also to account for the illustrations, colors and text. I think the graphic novel format was very well done. It had beautiful illustrations and it was easy to read. On the content itself, I think I am not mind-blown but I did not expect to be so. It is just Sanderson likes to flip the narratives so I kind of knew where this was going. I like the contrast between our world and the other fictional world. I expect something fast when it comes to novels and this was exactly that. For me, this worked pretty well and I don't think it would have been much different had it been a novel. I am looking forward to Vol2!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Sanderson has always been a great world builder. That trend continues here. There's this fantasy world of light and dark. Both sides have always followed The Narrative. killing one another each generation as new chosen ones rise. Partly the story is about leaving the path laid out before you. Partly it's about embracing your destiny. The fantasy world is also connected to our world somehow. Anyway, the art's good. The story is intriguing. I'm in. Looking forward to reading the rest of this story Sanderson has always been a great world builder. That trend continues here. There's this fantasy world of light and dark. Both sides have always followed The Narrative. killing one another each generation as new chosen ones rise. Partly the story is about leaving the path laid out before you. Partly it's about embracing your destiny. The fantasy world is also connected to our world somehow. Anyway, the art's good. The story is intriguing. I'm in. Looking forward to reading the rest of this story. Received a review copy from Vault Comics and NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Note: since writing this review, I've become aware of mr. Sanderson's questionable opinions, which basically means I wouldn't have read it in the first place. I'm not changing the review, but I certainly am no longer there for it. I liked this! I like how it's almost old fashioned in its epic scale, and I like how the art harks back to 70s and 80s fantasy art, think Conan and Heavy Metal, but without the sexist overtones. Our protagonist, a young man called Paul, has visions of a fantasy world, an Note: since writing this review, I've become aware of mr. Sanderson's questionable opinions, which basically means I wouldn't have read it in the first place. I'm not changing the review, but I certainly am no longer there for it. I liked this! I like how it's almost old fashioned in its epic scale, and I like how the art harks back to 70s and 80s fantasy art, think Conan and Heavy Metal, but without the sexist overtones. Our protagonist, a young man called Paul, has visions of a fantasy world, and also of the ghost of a sister he's never had. Quickly turns out he's not hallucinating, there is a lot of truth to his visions. Turns even more out that he is the prophecied Dark One in this other world. It's wordy, and a bit of a slow read (I originally thought it was adapted from a novel), but that pacing actually worked with the story's epicness, I think. Two volumes to follow, and I am here for it. (Picked up an ARC through Edelweiss)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    Brandon Sanderson is a genius. His way of handling the characters and the plot is absolutely unmatchable in the fantasy world (except for GRRM, but just maybe). What he has done here is excellent, above excellent, wondrous really. Then why did I give it 4 stars, not 5? Because it is a graphic novel, which means that I have to pay attention to the 3-4 stars "drawings" (by Nathan Gooden) and at times weird writing (by Lanzing and Kelly). I, nevertheless, loved how everything came together, and can Brandon Sanderson is a genius. His way of handling the characters and the plot is absolutely unmatchable in the fantasy world (except for GRRM, but just maybe). What he has done here is excellent, above excellent, wondrous really. Then why did I give it 4 stars, not 5? Because it is a graphic novel, which means that I have to pay attention to the 3-4 stars "drawings" (by Nathan Gooden) and at times weird writing (by Lanzing and Kelly). I, nevertheless, loved how everything came together, and cannot wait for volume 2 to come out! Final rating: 4.2 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannara

    I love a good graphic novel. I like books that are easy to read and come with lots of pictures. This though... I don’t just like it. I love it!!! It’s seriously intense. You jump right out of the gate and this story keeps going, which, personally left me trying to grasp what in the heck is happening. You get a handle by the end, but that’s why I took off half a star. Four and a half stars rounded up. The art is sooo great!!! Very detailed and dark and twisted. Partly why I love this so much. The I love a good graphic novel. I like books that are easy to read and come with lots of pictures. This though... I don’t just like it. I love it!!! It’s seriously intense. You jump right out of the gate and this story keeps going, which, personally left me trying to grasp what in the heck is happening. You get a handle by the end, but that’s why I took off half a star. Four and a half stars rounded up. The art is sooo great!!! Very detailed and dark and twisted. Partly why I love this so much. The things you see in this are not pretty, they’re so evil or just plain intense. Add in the dialogue and you’ve got yourself an insanely crazy read down the darkness rabbit hole I’ve been in for a while. I recommend this to those who like reading about the underworld or hell, in this world or the next. There is nothing cute in this read. Everything is rough and there’s lots of death. Thanks so much for NetGalley and Vault Comics for the opportunity to read this for my honest and unbiased opinion. Keep em coming!, 😁

  7. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    ARC provided by the publisher, Vault Books, in exchange for an honest review. Trust Sanderson to take the light vs dark narrative, and subvert it in an interesting manner. As I've said time and again, I'll read anything Sanderson writes. Dark One was written for the graphic novel format, and I could see how it worked so much better compared to White Sand which did not translate well from prose (which I've read in its rough draft stage and still enjoyed). The artwork here is also pretty good. The ARC provided by the publisher, Vault Books, in exchange for an honest review. Trust Sanderson to take the light vs dark narrative, and subvert it in an interesting manner. As I've said time and again, I'll read anything Sanderson writes. Dark One was written for the graphic novel format, and I could see how it worked so much better compared to White Sand which did not translate well from prose (which I've read in its rough draft stage and still enjoyed). The artwork here is also pretty good. The concept of a world that is caught in never-ending cycles of destiny and outcomes called The Narrative is fascinating. Sanderson literally seized the trope of the chosen ones of good vs evil and made it into commentary about blindly following what was dictated as absolute. Not surprisingly, I found myself sympathizing with the 'dark side' and questioning the morality behind the actions of the 'light side' all in the name of fulfilling The Narrative. I anticipate Sanderson taking this 'narrative' on an intriguing journey and am looking forward to more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Dark One was a much better foray into the medium of graphic novels than the White Sands entry. It showed a better understanding of how to tell a story through the medium instead of just trying to cram a novel into picture format, which fails to play to the strength of either medium. Dark One was much more parsimonious with text, avoiding long prose passages which jkust slows down the reading experience, causing the reader's eyes to linger on single frame instead of being drawn into the flow of t Dark One was a much better foray into the medium of graphic novels than the White Sands entry. It showed a better understanding of how to tell a story through the medium instead of just trying to cram a novel into picture format, which fails to play to the strength of either medium. Dark One was much more parsimonious with text, avoiding long prose passages which jkust slows down the reading experience, causing the reader's eyes to linger on single frame instead of being drawn into the flow of the art. The story itself was pretty neat, with Sanderson once again coming up with a novel and unique fantasy world. This one is based upon a religion of the Narrative where the same events transpire over and over again, unfolding like a story told and retold (in this case the forces of light defeating the forces of darkness). Naturally Sanderson subverts the hell out of this expectation and throws in his trademarked twists on top of it all without cluttering the page with too much exposition. I liked the art a lot as well. It had a rough, dark look to it that I thought fit the story quite well. A story I am eager to see the next installment of even if it does take place outside the Cosmere.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashes

    It's got potential! Though, as much as I enjoy graphic novels, I think Brandon Sanderson's worlds and characters are truly not meant for this medium. It's got potential! Though, as much as I enjoy graphic novels, I think Brandon Sanderson's worlds and characters are truly not meant for this medium.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    I loved the world building and the plot and the engaging characters. With one (very notable) exception, Sanderson has created characters that are sympathetic. You can understand their motivations and how their actions, even if disagreeable, spring understandably from those motivations. And the plot is INREDIBLY propulsive - the world building is doled out in equal measures with action and I never felt I was being exposition dumped on. I was actually surprised how well the author who is know for I loved the world building and the plot and the engaging characters. With one (very notable) exception, Sanderson has created characters that are sympathetic. You can understand their motivations and how their actions, even if disagreeable, spring understandably from those motivations. And the plot is INREDIBLY propulsive - the world building is doled out in equal measures with action and I never felt I was being exposition dumped on. I was actually surprised how well the author who is know for writing such doorstopper fantasy novels did in his pacing of a comic story. Not too wordy at all. There also seems to be a theme developing around narrative and fate and changing stories. Will be interesting to see where that goes. I did have a bit of an issue with a major plot point (view spoiler)[ where the main character discovers that his hallucinations and violent visions aren't mental illness but are instead manifestations of his magic and destiny. Likewise the main villain is an "insane" serial killer. This felt a bit cheap and also not a great use of mental illness in fiction. (hide spoiler)] I was also disappointed that the story ended on a bit of a cliffhanger although I know there are two more volumes to come! **Thanks to the author, artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    3.5 / 5 As much as I like the idea that you’re following the ‘bad guy’ around, it’s a bit boring and tropey how this story is neatly separated into light and dark. There aren’t many morally grey characters that make it interesting beyond surface level. I got the impression that the dark are the ultimate good guys and the light are the enemy oppressors, so you can just flip the colors and suddenly it’s not as subversive as it initially appears. It’s still a fun premise and I like the supporting ca 3.5 / 5 As much as I like the idea that you’re following the ‘bad guy’ around, it’s a bit boring and tropey how this story is neatly separated into light and dark. There aren’t many morally grey characters that make it interesting beyond surface level. I got the impression that the dark are the ultimate good guys and the light are the enemy oppressors, so you can just flip the colors and suddenly it’s not as subversive as it initially appears. It’s still a fun premise and I like the supporting cast more than the major characters so far. The artwork is monochromatic by panel and it’s a little tough to figure out what’s happening in the corners, but the writing is strong and clean and it leaves the door open for a lot more to come.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    I think the idea was better than the execution. As usual, the Sanderson comics would be better off as novels. The art was nice to look at, but a lot of the story, in my opinion, was lost in translation from page to comic and I think a prose narrative would’ve helped that a lot.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dark River

    I am a big fan of stories that are told from the villain's perspective. Give me a good corruption arc over a standard hero's journey any day. So logically, Dark One should have been perfect for me. I feel like the story itself actually is perfect for me and anyone who feels similarly. I also greatly enjoyed the art style. It's very dynamic and some of the frames had me go "whow, I kinda wanna put this on my wall". However, the pacing is really, really off in my opinion. This whole first volume / I am a big fan of stories that are told from the villain's perspective. Give me a good corruption arc over a standard hero's journey any day. So logically, Dark One should have been perfect for me. I feel like the story itself actually is perfect for me and anyone who feels similarly. I also greatly enjoyed the art style. It's very dynamic and some of the frames had me go "whow, I kinda wanna put this on my wall". However, the pacing is really, really off in my opinion. This whole first volume / first part of the story is told so incredibly fast, we as the readers do not really have time to get invested in anything or take any of the dramatic events or the characters seriously. Least of all Paul, which I believe is a crucial point for a story centered around a villain though. Paul himself acts and seemingly adapts so incredibly fast to being thrown into this strange new invironment that is Mirandus ... I don't want to say it's unrealistic, it's fantasy after all, but I cannot for the life of me suspend my disbelief THAT much. I think the basic material would have lent itself more to a full-length written novel rather than a graphic one (even if it is incredibly fun to look at. Kudos to the artist). *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    Paul is the Dark One. But the question is: does he want to be one and even if he is, is he going to act on it? That is one of my favorite tropes: how a person becomes a villain. I always fall for it and this was no exception. I loved how unfair it is to Paul. He is supposed to be this great evil but no one asked him if he even wants that. Moreover, the evil in this world always loses. So, Paul is destined to become the big bad and fight the good guy only to loose in the end, as did every bad guy Paul is the Dark One. But the question is: does he want to be one and even if he is, is he going to act on it? That is one of my favorite tropes: how a person becomes a villain. I always fall for it and this was no exception. I loved how unfair it is to Paul. He is supposed to be this great evil but no one asked him if he even wants that. Moreover, the evil in this world always loses. So, Paul is destined to become the big bad and fight the good guy only to loose in the end, as did every bad guy before him. I mean, how unfair is that? So this time around, there are going to be some changes. The concept of the Narrative was really cool. The idea is that there is a way the history is supposed to go, everyone in their destined spot, be it good or bad, and the cycle repeats over and over. It was briefly touched upon in this first volume, but I am sure it will further developed as the series continues. Paul was a great main character. You know he is bad, but you also see him struggling with that. He goes to therapy in the beginning of the book, because he wants to understand himself better and because he is afraid that he might hurt people. So, when he was pushed into this role he doesn't want to play, I had so much sympathy for him. This is a good start to a new fantasy series. It has a good plot, interesting moral dilemmas, a pretty cool magic and, of course, some secrets. I wish volume two was already out. Thank you to Netgalley and Edelweiss+ for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chene

    I've never read graphic novels before, but I like mangas so I've always wanted to try their western counterparts. I've also almost never read Brandon Sanderson before (probably unlike most fantasy readers), only a few chapters of the Mistborn series before I lost interest, though that was a few years ago and I was curious if my taste has changed. So, Dark One was quite a different venture for me. The result of that venture, is ... interesting? I can't say that I was impressed by the plot. It's pr I've never read graphic novels before, but I like mangas so I've always wanted to try their western counterparts. I've also almost never read Brandon Sanderson before (probably unlike most fantasy readers), only a few chapters of the Mistborn series before I lost interest, though that was a few years ago and I was curious if my taste has changed. So, Dark One was quite a different venture for me. The result of that venture, is ... interesting? I can't say that I was impressed by the plot. It's pretty much exactly what the blurb already suggests: the MC finds out that he is the chosen one to fulfill a prophecy. He travels to a different world, gains power, and saves his people. Yay! It's not a bad story but ... it feels like something from the 90s? Except for a couple of small side plots, I could already guess where everything was going after 10 pages. The fact that the whole plot is driven by a prophecy instead of characters is also a bit unappetizing. I'm not sure if this is a typical Sanderson thing though or if it's lost in translation from words to pictures, and considering this book is only the first volume of a series, I'm going to give it the benefit of doubt and hope that there will be better twists to come. Another thing that didn't seem to translate well is the pacing. There are a few scenes where the MC goes through some emotional conflicts or revelations, but they all seem too abrupt and unrealistic. I'm tempted to say that this is somewhat expected, since we can't get inside the character's head as easily in graphic novels as we can in prose, but I've seen plenty of monologues done in mangas and they usually work quite naturally. Looks like graphic novels still have a ways to go to catch up. On the other hand, the writing (aka. dialogues) is great. I love that pretentious medieval tone! Dialogues are one of my favorite parts of medieval high fantasies and I'm glad to see that it survived the graphic novel medium. The art is also good in general, and there are a couple of spreads that are especially stunning. I wish the characters' faces could be more consistent from page to page though, since the drawing changes so much sometimes that it's hard to recognizable who's who if not for their hairstyle and clothes. All in all, I hoped for better but this wasn't bad for a first experience with graphic novels. I'd be interested in reading the second installment to see what happens next. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yasmine

    I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I started reading the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson years ago, but to this day I haven’t managed to finish the first book of the series. I know there's a real hype about Brandon Sanderson's books and as a big fantasy fan myself, I will one day try to pick it up again. So, when I saw that Sanderson plans to publish a graphic novel, I just had to get my hands on it and see if this medium would catch my attention better, I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I started reading the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson years ago, but to this day I haven’t managed to finish the first book of the series. I know there's a real hype about Brandon Sanderson's books and as a big fantasy fan myself, I will one day try to pick it up again. So, when I saw that Sanderson plans to publish a graphic novel, I just had to get my hands on it and see if this medium would catch my attention better, seeing as I love reading comics! And it’s true, it was great. The story has great potential, the artwork is amazing, and I couldn’t put this down until I finished it. This feels like an epic fantasy in graphic novel format and I’m all here for it! In the Dark One Volume 1 we stumble upon the world Mirandus (much like the protagonist Paul), a world which is connected to our well-known Earth, and whose people live by the legacies of the Chosen Ones. There is always a Destined One, chosen as the Narrative’s Champion to be opposed by the Dark One. Once in every generation, there is an epic battle between the light and the dark. And it seems, the chosen ones are always picked from Earth and somehow pulled into Mirandus. Paul is the Chosen Dark One, but does he want to be? Does he truly understand what this means? He battles with a lot of fear, a forgotten sister, a lost father, a mother he loves but cannot communicate with. So the story starts of with him being in therapy (and hiding the ghost he sees from his therapist). Paul seems like a great character with so much depth. He gets whisked into this new (or rather forgotten) world to him and has to immediately fight his enemies, although he understands nothing that’s happening until he takes a sip from a magic well. The first person he meets is the Princess, who tries to tell him about the dangers they’re in, not knowing who he truly is. I am very intrigued by the relationship between Paul and the Princess, and hope to see this blossom in the next volume. All in all, such a great read! I recommend this to everyone who likes fantasy, even if they're not usually a big graphic novel fan. Trust me, the read is worth it! Also, I can’t believe that I now have to wait for so long until this continues!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Having another go at Branson Sanderson, thanks to Netgalley. So far he has not been a winner for me. The previous comic, White Sand, Volume 1, was not bad though. We have a portal fantasy of some sort here, jumping back and forth between New York and another world. There are good and evil champions and a narrative that drives them along. Our presumed hero is a teenager from New York, with a mum working as a lawyer. “Visions of a dark and fantastic world haunt Paul Tanasin, but when he discovers th Having another go at Branson Sanderson, thanks to Netgalley. So far he has not been a winner for me. The previous comic, White Sand, Volume 1, was not bad though. We have a portal fantasy of some sort here, jumping back and forth between New York and another world. There are good and evil champions and a narrative that drives them along. Our presumed hero is a teenager from New York, with a mum working as a lawyer. “Visions of a dark and fantastic world haunt Paul Tanasin, but when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus, a world in which he’s destined to become a fearsome destroyer, he’ll have to embrace the fear, rise up as the Dark One, and shatter everything. Dark One examines the dual roles we often take on in life―the ability to be a savior as well as a destroyer.“ So Paul, our main character, is destined to be a dark force and his opponents in that other world are the Light, the supposed force for good. Which makes it slightly unusual, because Paul feels like the good guy and the opposing force more like the bad guys in this narrative. We get to see a lot of grey shades. I am actually curious to see where Sanderson will take this next. The artwork is not much to rave about. There were one or two moments where I really liked depictions of unusual animals in Mirandus. The rest was flat and pretty middle-of-the-road. *+*+* I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I'm feeling very conflicted about Dark One. On the one hand, I love a story that subverts the classic fantasy dark vs light binary. In this fantasy world, every generation, the fated champions of each side rise up and war against one another until the light is victorious. These destinies seemingly offer no choice, no deviation, no altered outcome. However, several characters in this story have their own agendas to mess with the system. Chaos ensues, and I admit I'm curious to see what direction I'm feeling very conflicted about Dark One. On the one hand, I love a story that subverts the classic fantasy dark vs light binary. In this fantasy world, every generation, the fated champions of each side rise up and war against one another until the light is victorious. These destinies seemingly offer no choice, no deviation, no altered outcome. However, several characters in this story have their own agendas to mess with the system. Chaos ensues, and I admit I'm curious to see what direction it takes. Despite this potential for something really clever, the first installment didn't blow me away. The characters are ok but mostly flat so far. The most interesting to me was protagonist Paul's mom, Lin. Her side plot was weird, and she doesn't seem to be great in the mothering department, but at least she has layers. Essentially, there were some good Sanderson™ twists that make me intrigued enough to come back for more, but I'm not sold on the characters or the overall plot yet. I think I won't know for sure how to feel on the latter until I'm clear on its messaging. So far, the trajectory is too shrouded in mystery for me to get a clear read on what the author is trying to say.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Loved it! Pacing got a little fast in the last third of the book, but it was so enjoyable to read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nasi

    I'm honestly surprised there wasn't much more hype around this book given Sanderson's popularity! I only found out about it through my Goodreads feed. This was my first attempt at reading comic book so I didn't know what to expect. On the other hand Sanderson is my favourite author so I was hoping this would be as enjoyable as his other books. Thankfully I was right. Apparently he can do no wrong! I read this at a time that I had difficulty focusing on any book. But this book was such an easy re I'm honestly surprised there wasn't much more hype around this book given Sanderson's popularity! I only found out about it through my Goodreads feed. This was my first attempt at reading comic book so I didn't know what to expect. On the other hand Sanderson is my favourite author so I was hoping this would be as enjoyable as his other books. Thankfully I was right. Apparently he can do no wrong! I read this at a time that I had difficulty focusing on any book. But this book was such an easy read. Once I got used to the whole new format, I flew through it. Similar to his other books, the storyline is engaging, the characters are likeable and there's enough twist and turns that keeps you turning the pages. Although the ending made me remember why I don't like reading Sanderson's series unless they're completed. It ends on a really bad cliffhanger and the urge to jump into the sequel is driving me crazy!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Rockwell

    4.0 stars--- I’ve only read a few graphic novels but this is my favorite so far. It’s had a slightly different art style than The White Sand trilogy, as well as a darker tone (no surprise there). It has some decent action and a few twists, it’s a fun read and I’m looking forward to the next installment. Maybe I’m spoiled by Sanderson’s other series, but I’ve been left wanting more with the four graphic novels I’ve gotten to read, but I’m hoping I can give book #2 of Dark One a 5 star rating.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Carter

    BLOG | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK An e-copy of the book has been provided by Diamond Book Distributors via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 'Dark One" volume 1 is an admirably woven tale of two worlds that slowly collides as the story progresses. The main character's cluelessness directs the curiosity of the readers well into gobbling the book. In the end, I do have an issue with how weak the introduction of the world has been but with graphic novels tending to be more quick-paced I BLOG | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK An e-copy of the book has been provided by Diamond Book Distributors via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 'Dark One" volume 1 is an admirably woven tale of two worlds that slowly collides as the story progresses. The main character's cluelessness directs the curiosity of the readers well into gobbling the book. In the end, I do have an issue with how weak the introduction of the world has been but with graphic novels tending to be more quick-paced I completely understand the direction. FULL REVIEW

  23. 5 out of 5

    Raksha

    I'll be honest. I'm not someone who reads a lot of graphic novels and I only picked this up because it's by my favourite author. The premise of this book is interesting, and the artwork is just stunning. I would love to hang any of the art from this book in my house - it's just that beautiful! But the reason I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked is because I found it really hard to get into and understand. This might totally be a 'it's me not you' problem as I don't read a lot of comic I'll be honest. I'm not someone who reads a lot of graphic novels and I only picked this up because it's by my favourite author. The premise of this book is interesting, and the artwork is just stunning. I would love to hang any of the art from this book in my house - it's just that beautiful! But the reason I didn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked is because I found it really hard to get into and understand. This might totally be a 'it's me not you' problem as I don't read a lot of comics. I guess overtime the story will turn out to be good, but I felt Volume 1 was a bit too short, the ending too abrupt and overall, it just left me unsatisfied. Or maybe I have too high an expectation when it comes to Brandon Sanderson. *shrugs apologetically* P.S: I still want a physical copy because the art is gorgeous. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lucas

    Brandon Sanderson's new graphic novel starts a little basic but builds and grows into a much more complex story with an interesting world build. The protagonist progressively develops into a very conflicted individual that allows Sanderson to begin the discussion on good and evil that he does so masterfully. We continue to see elements of mental illness taking a role in the story which is something he does consistently in "The Stormlight Archive". Having only read a few graphic novels in my life Brandon Sanderson's new graphic novel starts a little basic but builds and grows into a much more complex story with an interesting world build. The protagonist progressively develops into a very conflicted individual that allows Sanderson to begin the discussion on good and evil that he does so masterfully. We continue to see elements of mental illness taking a role in the story which is something he does consistently in "The Stormlight Archive". Having only read a few graphic novels in my life, I found this one to be one of the most enjoyable ones I have come across while still being very short of a masterpiece. I am excited to see where this series can go but won't plan on seeing his best work in the form of a graphic novel. 6.5 / 10

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rach_Reads

    This was a good first installment, I really liked our MC and the world building - I liked how New York was interlinked with the alternate world it added another layer to have that change of location. Plot wise, it was really cool to see the chosen one trope flipped around to be the chosen villain. I didn't see the twist coming at the end either. The art is pretty good but hasn't got that unique style and beauty of Monstress. This was a good first installment, I really liked our MC and the world building - I liked how New York was interlinked with the alternate world it added another layer to have that change of location. Plot wise, it was really cool to see the chosen one trope flipped around to be the chosen villain. I didn't see the twist coming at the end either. The art is pretty good but hasn't got that unique style and beauty of Monstress.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brett Swanson

    I really enjoyed the premise of the story. My only problem is that I occasionally struggle with following song in areas that are picture only. I have to look through multiple times to understand what happened. I did love the premise of the "bad guy" not necessarily being evil, and the goblin-looking folk only trying to protect their own. Crazy cliffhanger at the end. I look forward to the next one. I really enjoyed the premise of the story. My only problem is that I occasionally struggle with following song in areas that are picture only. I have to look through multiple times to understand what happened. I did love the premise of the "bad guy" not necessarily being evil, and the goblin-looking folk only trying to protect their own. Crazy cliffhanger at the end. I look forward to the next one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Max Reads

    Review to follow!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    Well damn this was good. Will write more soon.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joy Allen

    I’m still not a graphic novel person. But man this was good. The world switches, the idea of the Narrative, the Magic, it’s all super cool. And I wants more!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    This clearly is a better graphic novel than White sand: the art is better, and the story has a better pace too. Although I love Sanderson's writing style - and I missed his prose here -, I still found this story enjoyable and full of surprises. It's not part of the Cosmere, but I can see the setting could become as big as the Cosmere. This clearly is a better graphic novel than White sand: the art is better, and the story has a better pace too. Although I love Sanderson's writing style - and I missed his prose here -, I still found this story enjoyable and full of surprises. It's not part of the Cosmere, but I can see the setting could become as big as the Cosmere.

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