Colors: Nelson Consentino De Oliveira and Digikore
Lettering: Dave Lanphear
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Storm Born Graphic Novel
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcopy, 120 Pages
ISBN-10: 0982818645 (Sea Lion Books)
ISBN-13: 978-0982818640 (Sea Lion Books)
Reviewed by: Sheila
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…
Quick & Dirty: This is a graphic novel based off of the urban fantasy book, Storm Born.
Opening Sentence: I’d seen weirder things than a haunted shoe… but not many.
I have to come clean to all of you. I was a little worried about a graphic novel version of Eugenie’s world, the Storm Born series. Fae realms and magic portrayals in books leave a lot to the imagination and I believe that is in part the lure of them. Having the world of Storm Born recreated with a set look made me hesitant to read it. I am so glad my editor made me. Thank you, Angela! Grant Alter and Dave Hamann took Mead’s vision and created something for those that are not yet fans of the books to sink their teeth into.
Eugenie Markham is a shaman that banishes spirits and other beings that are not a part of our world. When she takes a case to rescue a 14 year-old-girl from the fae, referred to as the gentry, she not only puts her body at risk, but her future as well. Eugenie doesn’t know why the gentry suddenly know her real name or have started making sexual overtures to her, but she is aware of the vulnerable position it puts her in. How can she rescue a girl from the very people who want to imprison her as well? When she discovers that her biological dad was a seriously scary and powerful gentry, she denies it. Really, how can she not? She has spent countless years despising the very people that she can now count herself a part of. Now there are gentry who want an heir for her father’s legacy, Eugenie’s future son, and there are gentry that will do whatever it takes to prevent it. Only after her inherent power manifests and goes out of control, is she willing to accept her magical heritage and the need to control it.
The style is in first-person narrative which is consistent with the original book. Her prejudice against the gentry, fae, is communicated very well in both her facial expressions and remarks. Though the novel does not come across as light hearted and playful, the graphic version does. The artwork itself is slightly whimsical but without giving up the hard edge of the serious nature of the story. I especially enjoyed the renditions of the spirit advisors to Eugenie. All of the spirit manifestations in the human realm were well done. I had hoped to see more artwork done for the fae realm, but maybe that will come in later volumes.
Overall, I think that this graphic novel is an excellent blend of art and story. I would recommend this to those of you that are interested in the Storm Born series but have yet to take the plunge. It is a good representation of the actual story and I look forward to seeing more.
The Storm Born Graphic Novel Series:
FTC Advisory: Sea Lion Books provided me with a copy of Dark Swan: Storm Born Volume 1. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment I receive are hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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