Writers: Ed Greenwood , R. A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore
Artists: Lee Ferguson, David Baldeon and Agustin Padilla
Colours: Len O’Grady, Dee Cunniffe and David Garcia Cruz
Letterers: Shawn Lee, Tom B. Long, Neil Uyetake and Chris Mowry
This collection puts together the first chapters of three tales from the Dungeons and Dragons universe specifically that of the Forgotten Realms, well known by gamers and book lovers alike for the Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale and the Drizzt Do’urden series.
The first story, Forgotten Realms, is there for fan service as out of the three tales it feels most like an actual Dungeons and Dragons game. It starts off with a simple mission gone wrong for two rogues and continually escalates to include more and more features and creatures from the Dungeons and Dragons universe such as horrible curses, plotting nobles and a certain scaled monster. The art work is good but some of the characters seem to blend together. The two main characters are distinctive in their appearance but the side characters all look rather similar which is a bit confusing. Especially as the plot progresses to include them more and more towards the end.
Overall a standard tale that Dungeons and Dragons gamers and fans should enjoy.
Following on from this we have Cutter which is completely different from the first tale. While the first tale is incredibly broad, Cutter is more focused on a section of the Dungeons and Dragons universe. Dark Elves, or Drow as they prefer to be called, are a society based on political intrigue and warfare. In this story a young Drow is caught up in the machinations of her father and the cursed sword he carries. The artwork here is very distinctive with each character looking unique in not only there physical appearance but also great detail is put into their armour and equipment. The action scenes are intense and bloody and are used well to show the young Drows descent into madness as she slaughters orcs and other elves.
This tale is more interesting and is written by Forgotten Realms veterans R. A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore so fans of his work and general fantasy fans should enjoy it.
The last tale is also written by R. A. Salvatore and Geno Salvatore and is titled Drizzt. Now Drizzt Do’urden is probably one of the Forgotten Realms most famous characters and here it seems that fame is put to good use. The story starts off as a standard vampire story with the main character coming to terms with the curse that has been forced upon him. An interesting addition to this is this character is a dwarf Battlerager, someone who lived his life based on instinct and violence. He is able to come to terms with the curse quickly and we move smoothly onto the main elements of the story. Now Drizzt here feels almost tacked on to help sell the story which is a shame as it feels strong enough on its own. The artwork is fantastically detailed with grand transition panels that give birds eye views of the cities and landscapes of the story and the fights between Dwarf berserkers and Vampires are wonderfully intense.
The last tale another good story with some excellent art. It will probably be a bit of a disappointment to Drizzt fans, who’s favourite character is given back seat to the Vampire Dwarf but is still worth a read.