Review: Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu

Review: Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
Legend: The Graphic Novel
by Marie Lu, Kaari, Leigh Dragoon

Genres: Action, Dystopia, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: April 21st 2015
by Penguin, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Format: Paperback


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Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a military prodigy. Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives are not as sinister as they often seem. One day June’s brother is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June tries desperately to avenge her brother’s death. And the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together and the lengths their country will go to in order to keep its secrets.


If you’ve already read and loved Legend, definitely pick up a copy of the graphic novel! It’ll be enough to bring back your feels and memories. If not, skip it. There isn’t enough details for you to get a complete Legend experience.

No, seriously. I’m a HUGE fan of Legend, and I legitimately got the feels before Day and June even met. I can’t help being a fangirl, okay? It’s in my system.

art and color

The art felt a lot like manga for me, which of course won me over. The artwork wasn’t detail-heavy, and there were a few awkward-looking parts, but it was smooth and clean. Also, I don’t like my guys with long hair, but the artist managed to make Day look like a lovely anime character, so bonus points for that! And June is gorgeous. That hair. #goals.

The coloring’s pretty simple. There are a few parts where it’s bit light, as if there was this sort of slight fog over everything, but for the most part, it’s just normal coloring.

Legend GN 4        Legend GN 3
Legend GN 1        Legend GN 2
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Like I said earlier, you won’t understand the story too much if you haven’t read the actual novel yet. There’s enough details and dialogue to get the gist of things, but there will be important details you’re going to miss. The story’s still the same, no changes, but really just lacks some parts.


The pacing is horrid, mostly because of the lack of details. This is a general downside of graphic novels, so it didn’t really bother me too much. It made the romance extremely rushed, and there were many scenes that just popped out of nowhere and had no foreshadowing. Just a fair warning to anyone who plans to read this but hasn’t read the actual book yet.

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  1. says

    Yep, I totally agree, loved the artwork but as someone who has not read Legend, I was kind of lost with the pacing and details. It did make me more interested in checking out the actual novel though, I’d love to see some more development.
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  2. says

    This is a wonderful co incidence because I just finished reading Legend!:) I loved the book, and I can’t wait to read the sequels! It’s been ages since I read graphic novels, and for some reason, after reading this review, I really want to take up one again!:)

  3. says

    I didn’t have such a good go with the novel, unfortunately (although it sounds like the series and the fans are awesome and passionate both), but this perks my interest most definitely. I’d been wanting to somehow give the series another go, and this might just be the way! Although you say it doesn’t really give all the details and might be confusing… WELL THE ART IS REALLY NICE SO I’M GOING TO GIVE IT A GO. Lovely review. xx
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  4. says

    Oh I really like the look of the graphics, but good to know it’s better to read the book first. Else I migth have been tempted to just buy the graphic novel. It sounds like a grpahic novel that only makes sense and works well if you read the book first, whcih is a bti of a shame. And wow that’s neat all the pictures are in colour, I am more used to manga’s where everything is in black and white.
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  5. says

    I’m so glad they didn’t chop the book into parts. That happens with graphic novels a lot. But it still sounds like something I’d buy for the novelty of it belonging to one of my favorite series. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Also, I nominated you guys at the Social Potato for the One Lovely Blog Award. Hope you don’t mind :)