The Legend of Drizzt, Vol. 5: Streams of Silver Review
The Legend of Drizzt, Vol. 5: Streams of Silver
Story by R. A. Salvatore
Script by Andrew Dabb
Pencils by Al Semeiks
This three-chapter continuation of The Legend of Drizzt does not disappoint. We find ourselves with our heroes as they leave Icewind Dale on their quest to re-discover Mithral Hall. Along the way, we encounter assassins, orcs, wizards, trolls, and a whole bunch of fun for us, as readers. IDW, again, has brought us a fantastic read serves to whet our appetite for more high adventure.
Andrew Dabb has accomplished no mean feat. He has taken what is arguably one of the most iconic series of stories revolving around Dungeons and Dragons in recent times and translated them into comic book form. In doing so, he loses none of the energy, pathos, and excitement of the original and easily transports us, as readers, into the Forgotten Realms right at the side of our favorite Drow. The pace is not slowed by the exposition boxes, but rather enhanced, as we are borne along this quest with the same sense of urgency that must beat within Bruenor Battlehammer’s breast.
Semeiks artwork is as comfortable as it is sweeping in range. He deftly transports us from wide landscapes into cramped alleys, and dark passages, and back again with an ease that allows us to enter into the story without interruption. Even in the most active of melees we never seem lost in the picture, but always able to focus on any part. We can focus in on fantastic details, or see the panels as a whole for a feel of the fight. When our heroes are fatigued, we can see that readily within his drawings and feel as if we are participants rather than simple observers.
Whether you’ve come by this volume to visit with some old friends, or are new to the Forgotten Realms, this is a book you can sit and read over and over again. You don’t have to have a comprehensive knowledge of the stories as Dabb does a fine job making this particular arc able to stand on its own, just as Salvatore’s books each can. I will warn you, however, that a taste of this Dark Elf’s fare may be a bit addictive!