This trade paperback is the first in a series of graphic novel interpretations of the late Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series “The Eye Of The World”. I read the prose novel “The Wheel of Time”, upon which this graphic novel is based, about 15 years ago and really enjoyed it. Reading it in graphic novel format did not bring back any memories at all of the original book and I don’t seem to remember the original being quite so generic in it’s high fantasy plot lines. Even though the book felt very much like a Lord of The Rings spin-off I still really enjoyed reading it and it felt well paced and encouraged me to not put it down.
For a hardcover this TPB uses pretty cheap quality paper and the first 10 pages of my copy were crinkled. The cover art is a good indication of the art inside but when I first got the book I thought the colors had faded in the sun. This is not the case and the entire book has a unsatisfactory color pallete that is reminiscent of a color book that has been left in a shop window too long. My copy was from Amazon and was factory sealed so the color pallete is deliberate.
The art in The Wheel of Time isn’t to my liking and it seems very low rent to me. Even though it is not impressive It does do a good job of conveying the story. The art is not helped at all by the colors chosen and the inappropriate cartoony nature of some of character faces at times. I am not familiar with Chase Conley’s other work but this book definitely does not make me want to check it out.
The book has quite an extensive extras section with character sketches, cover art and biographies and in this section Conley’s work is much more pleasing to the eye. It is a pity the same level of detail could not be used throughout the book.
“The Wheel of time” is a good story with poor art and no real need to be a fan of the original novel to appreciate it. It should appeal to Lord Of The Rings Fans. ISBN-13: 978-0765324887. 7/10.