Review: Dark Swan: Storm Born Vol 2 by Richelle Mead and Grant Alter


Title: Dark Swan: Storm Born Vol 2 by Richelle Mead & Grant Alter

Art by Dave Hamann, Colors by Nelson Cosentino De Oliveira

Published by Sea Lion Books

Available at a comic store near you

Oh my gosh!  This installment of Storm Born is like riding a roller coaster.  And not one of those wimpy little coasters you find at a local fair.  No, we are taking major theme park attraction.  Once the ride starts, you don’t know where you’ll end up, but you know that you are in for a thrilling time.  The pacing of the story makes it hard to put down, and the ending ensured that I am interested in finding out what happens next.  It really left me hanging, and I need to know what’s going to happen to Eugenie next!

Eugenie has it tough here.  First, dangerous monsters know her name, and she’s more than a little disturbed that they all seem to want to get into her pants.  Yuck!  Then she finds her dream guy, has the best night of her life, but now she’s not quite sure if he’s human.  Ugh!  She’s supposed to banish these guys, not have sex with them!  Major error in judgment, Eugenie!  Worse yet, she can’t stop thinking about Kiyo, and the scratches on her back are a constant reminder of her misstep.  I want to know what the heck is up with Kiyo!  He’s too hot to be evil!  Right?  No, don’t answer that, I want to find out for myself!

I like the relationship between Eugenie and her mother.  Eugenie knows that her mother is going to be upset when she discovers what her daughter’s up to.  To save them both some grief, she tries to keep it on the down low, but her mom’s not stupid.  She’s been through this before, and she doesn’t like that her daughter puts herself in so much danger.  She hates the worrying, waiting for something awful to happen to her only child.  Eugenie is far too stubborn and head-strong to back away from what she feels is right, though, which leads to a lot of tension between the women.

This second outing with Eugenie provided me with a much needed distraction after a stressful day at work.  Eugenie’s a fun character; she’s tough and capable, and she doesn’t need anyone to take care of her.  She’s ready to dive into almost any situation with both fists swinging.  She’s also confident and self-assured, and her ability to think and then act quickly totally saves her bacon time and again.  I wonder, though, if she’s not a little too brash, and think that maybe she’s opened up a big ole can of worms that is going to quickly wiggle out of control.

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Review: Dark Swan: Storm Born Vol 1 by Richelle Mead & Grant Alter

Title: Dark Swan: Storm Born Vol 1 by Richelle Mead & Grant Alter

Art by Dave Hamann, Colors by Nelson Cosentino De Oliveira

Published by Sea Lion Books

For Readers 18+

Coming to a comic book store near you May 18, 2011

As a huge fan of comics, it’s always exciting to see some publishers stick their necks out and publish titles that go against the super hero grain.  Sea Lion Books has a couple of series in the works that I am excited to get my hands on, and Dark Swan: Storm Born is the first.  In addition to the Dark Swan series, Richelle Mead is also the author of Vampire Academy,  as well as a number of other paranormal romances.  I haven’t read any of Mead’s prose novels, so I thought Storm Born would give me a good introduction to her Dark Swan series.  Despite a few misgivings, I did enjoy this read, and I even snapped up the novel from Amazon ($4.30 for the Kindle!).

Eugenie is a shaman, and she earns a living sending spirits and fairies back to the Otherworld.  She is one tough chick, wielding  a knife or a gun with equal aplomb.  She’s approached by Wil Delany to find his sister, who has been abducted by the fey.  Only problem; Eugenie will have to cross over in her physical body, instead of sending just her spirit over, and that’s a dangerous endeavor.  There’s no guarantee that  she’ll make it back over.  But the thought of 14-year-old Jasmine a prisoner of a powerful fairy king doesn’t sit well with her…

I like Eugenie a lot!  She’s got courage in spades, so much that it crowds out her common sense.  She’s got a dangerous job, as well as a reckless personality, and that doesn’t add up to a long and uneventful life.  She can hold her own against big, scary death spirits, but she caves like a house of cards when she meets a handsome, charismatic stranger in a bar.  While thoroughly delectable, I would have held out until I at least was treated to a decent meal, but apparently, Eugenie is lacking in the patience department, too.

I enjoyed this first volume of Storm Born, and I’m looking forward to reading more.  I did feel confused at times, though, because I am not familiar with Eugenie, and the world-building here is only skimmed over.  This is a problem that I have found with most of the prose novel to comic book adaptions that I have read; there isn’t enough backstory given for me to feel comfortable at first, and the lack of familiarity occasionally frustrates me.  As Storm Born is presented in pamphlet comics of about 30 pages each, it requires that I invoke my non-existent patience while I wait 30 days for the next volume to hit stores.  I’m not good at that, and I see that I have a lot in common with Eugenie.  It doesn’t help that when it comes to comics, I am accustomed to reading them in 200 page chunks.

The art is expressive and conveys a realistic sense of movement.  While I like the character designs for the most part, I am not so wild about Kiyo.  He reminds me of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, especially when they are in the bar, and the resemblance is not a good thing for me.

This is a nice introduction to the Storm Born series, and I am looking forward to learning more about Eugenie.  I know she is going to ignore all of the good advice she’s been given and take Wil’s case, so I am dying to see how much trouble she gets into while trying to rescue Jasmine! 

Grade: B

Review copy provided by publisher

Hush, Hush Graphic Novel Buzz

There’s been a lot of buzz about Becca Fitzpatrick’s books the last week or so.  The cover for Silence was revealed, and it’s pretty epic.  Sea Lion Books is also gearing up for their adaptation of  Hush, Hush, and they even had a cool as ice cream cover reworked for an MTV article.  If you’re a fan of the series, you have to check out this MTV article about the graphic novel!  Becca has some interesting things to say about the process of having her characters turned into a comic book, as well as some reactions from some of her fans. 

I ‘m so curious about the graphic novel,  and  I can hardly wait until the October release date.  What do you think about Hush, Hush getting the comic book treatment? Are you going to read it?  And inquiring minds want to know – what do you think Patch’s favorite song is??

You can check Becca’s blog for more information about the graphic novel and all of her other books. 

Edited to correct release date

Sneak Peek!! Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born Volume 1

I received some preview images of Richelle Mead’s new comic series Dark Swan: Storm Born from publisher Sea Lion Books.  This urban fantasy title is for adult readers, and it looks freaking awesome!  I haven’t read any of the books in the series the comic is based on, but the comic has got my interest piqued!  

Here’s a description of the first volume (from Sea Lion Books website)

Issue 01 Synopsis:
Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she’s been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld’s most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past…


I love the cover for the first volume!  I think the title font, in combination with the swan graphics, looks cool!  I also love the illustration of Eugenie.  She looks like she is so ready to kick supernatural butt!

Check out more images after the cut!!

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