From #1 New York Times Bestselling, Hugo Award-winning author, Brandon
Sanderson (The Mistborn Trilogy, The Stormlight Archive series), along with
Nathan Gooden, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly, comes Dark One, the first
book in a series of original graphic novels, from Vault Comics.
worlds are made to be broken.
Paul Tanasin is a young man haunted by
visions of a dark and fantastic world?visions he initially believes are
hallucinations. 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.
Publisher: Vault Comics
Weight: 853 g
Dimensions: 264 x 175 x 18 mm
KIRKUS -- A 17-year-old faces his destiny in a divided
and distant land. Paul seemingly has a tenuous grip on reality. He sees visions
of an unreal, fantastic land, and Nikka, a blue-tinted hallucination of a girl
who claims to be his sister, insists on keeping him company. Living apart from
his mother, with whom he has a strained relationship, Paul tries to keep up a
normal life with frequent visits to his therapist. When a sword-wielding warrior
disrupts a session, Paul is flung into Mirandus, the world of his visions. With
a clear flow between panels, the implication of time passing in a montage of
wide, epic scenes of Mirandus; brilliant and emotive color schemes; and a
cleanly minimal drawing style provide a strong visual aspect to the story.
Inexperienced graphic novel readers will easily be able to follow the flow of
dialogue and the clear depiction of speech and narrative bubbles provide further
visual literacy cues. While the discussion of good versus evil is a bit
heavy-handed despite attempts to subvert the binary, the overarching theme of
destiny as depicted by the Narrative adds an intriguing twist. Paul's
relationships with Nikka and other characters are intriguing but the pacing
makes them feel rushed. Paul is biracial (Chinese/White); the humans of Mirandus
appear mostly White. (This book is available now as a digital edition, with
print release currently scheduled for May 2021.) A dramatically dark fantasy
that will leave readers eager for the sequel. (Graphic fantasy.