Dark Swan: Storm Born
Comic Book #1
Written by: Richelle Mead & Greg Alter
Published by: Sea Lion Books
Review by: Maria G.
Richelle Mead, author of urban fantasy novels for both teens and adult, has penned such fan favorites as The Vampire Academy Series, Bloodlines Series, The Succubus Series and the Dark Swan Series. The latter is the basis of the Storm Born comic book.
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who vanquishes spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world, but for a price. But, she has noticed something is off in her recent dalliances with the spirits…. they now know her birth name and they are propositioning her. That coupled with a new case that has her on the hunt to find a missing teenager that is being hidden in the Otherworld has her a bit on edge.
Rather than do what she usually does at night, putting together puzzles of kittens, she decides to throw caution to the wind and hang out at the local bar. That’s when she meets the handsome and mysterious Kiyo.
Now she has to figure out why these demons want her, why this missing girl is being hidden in the Otherworld and what’s the deal with Kiyo?
At first glance, you may be thinking… a comic book? Really? Well, a lot of authors have decided to pursue this new medium to reach a whole new audience. Authors like Diana Gabaldon and Laurell K. Hamilton have successfully transitioned their popular characters and series’ into a comic book format. Richelle Mead, who is currently working on a graphic novel based on the wildly popular Vampire Academy series, is just the latest in a growling list of authors who have jumped on the bandwagon and she should be applauded for her effort.
In Storm Born, Mead has successfully created a comic book series that is both fast-paced and sexy. I have to admit that when you first meet Eugenie… she is a bitter pill to swallow, but as you see her interact with her friends and family (Mom, Stepfather Roland and quirky brother Tim) you will most definitely want to keep reading.
With that stated, I just want to make it known that this is not a comic book that should be left on the coffee table where the kiddies may grab it. You know why? Well, your kid may end up asking you, “Mom? Why are there scratches on her back?” That’s not a fun conversation to be had.
I give this series two thumbs up and I think you should pick it up, click here to find out how to order it.
Remember to mark your calendar for the Vampire Academy graphic novel, which comes out in August.