I have never read any of Richelle Mead’s novels, of which she has many, but I had the extreme pleasure of being able to review the first and second issues of the comic adaptation of her Dark Swan series, called Storm Born. I was blown away! Mead is best known for her supernatural novels including the Georgina Kincaid Succubus series and Vampire Academy, the latter of which is Young Adult material. With overt sexual situations and violence, Storm Born, however, is less friendly for younger audiences. Mature readers should definitely check this series out, as issue #1 released on the first of this month and is available for order at most comic stores.
Richelle Mead’s Storm Born, from Sea Lion Books, is an exciting, supernatural romp through modern day America. Adapted from her Dark Swan novel series by herself and Grant Alter, the story seems like an updated response to Lucas’ male-centric, Indiana Jones stories, but with a healthy dose of paranormal mystery. We follow Eugenie Markham, a freelance Shaman who makes a living sending various creatures attempting to inhabit our world back to the occult realm, called the Otherworld. Equipped with knowledge of magic, several enchanted weapons, and a wicked sense of humor, she travels the southwest battling spirits, elemental creatures, powerful fairy-like beasts called Gentry, and anything else that crosses her path. Though I’ve only read the first two issues of what will be an eight-issue series, eventually collected into two graphic novels, I am already completely invested in the world that Mead has created.
The rich story unfolds beautifully with strong and sexy art by Dave Hamann and vivid coloring by Nelson Cosento de Oliveira. Hamann’s layout, character work, and sense of focus are incredibly powerful, yet sometimes the action sequences fall a little flat. The main character, Eugenie, known in the Otherworld as Odile, narrates much of the story offering insights and humor that help drive the character and story forward. Occasionally, the narration offers exposition that seems a little unnecessary, but it never hinders the pace or story. The mythos that is being explored has the depth and feel of something great, and I cannot wait to get my hands on issue three!
Big thanks to Sea Lion Books for the copies. Check out their website, sealionbooks.com, for more amazing comics coming soon!