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