As far as webcomics go, Drowtales has a good few things going for it. It has spectacular art, the best of any webcomic out there, and a fairly complicated and multi-layered story with numerous characters who are almost always deeper then initial characterizations would have you believe. It really can be quite enjoyable… provided you don’t think too deeply on a few details regarding the world of Drow Tales. One of the first things that becomes apparent in Drowtales is that the writer has a severe adoration for the titular Drow. Drow have magic (‘mana), drow live forever (thanks to feeding off mana from eachother), Drow have the best stuff, Drow are super successful, Drow are the strongest, the fastest, the prettiest… about the only major problem they have (beyond infighting) is that their mana leaves them open to demonic possession, and even that doesn’t seem to be as much of a big deal as it once was. A lot of this is nothing particularly special in any setting with elves of any kind, but Drowtales takes it to the most ludicrous degree possible. Other races exist in this setting, but given how much better these particular Drow seem to be compared to them, one has to ask why? Humans, orcs, dwarves… these creatures exist only to make the Drow look better (and be their slaves), and if ever they get brought up, expect them to fail miserably compared to said drow. Such examples include a dwarf sneak attack not so much as causing a dent to a caravan and ending up slaughtered, and an entire human kingdom ending up curb stomped by a small group of very young drow followed up by a small raiding party. When the story focuses upon the Drow alone it’s pretty good, but whenever anything that isn’t Drow comes into the picture it starts to show off the very worst excesses in fantasy literature. Seriously, James Cameron didn’t love the Na’vi as much as the writers of Drowtales love their drow. So in short, provided you don’t think too deeply on these things (as well as the implications of copyright infringement), this is an okay webcomic storywise, one that at least goes the extra mile when describing the society and world that the characters inhabit. Basically if you can ignore the serious hard-on the writers have for the drow in this setting, you’ll be fine.
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