Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dark Swan Storm Born by Richelle Mead Graphic Novel Review and Giveaway! First Four Issues!

Title: Dark Swan, Storm Born Issue 1
Author: Richelle Mead and Grant Alter
Artist: Dave Hamann and Adam Markiewicz
Colorist: Nelson Cosentino De Oliveira
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Paranormal
Release Date: December 2011
My Rating:
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...

The majority of comics that I have read were the Archie Issues I would talk my mom into buying me when we went to the grocery store, so when I got the chance to review a real graphic novel I was ecstatic!
Even if you are not a fan of Mead’s books you will enjoy this paranormal romance brought to life before your eyes!

My Take on the Story: Eugenie is a strong shaman and when she is on a job, the spirit seems to know who she is….her real name, and even tries to get in her pants (that had never happened before).

Eug is offered a job to save Jasmine, a teenage girl who was kidnapped by Gentry (Fairies). But the job requires Eugenie to cross over into the otherworld, and that can be very dangerous. Eug struggles with what to do, and decides to get her mind off things and clear her head over a drink where she meets Kiyo, a sexy and charming man who strikes up a conversation with her.

When Egu goes home with Kiyo she didn’t expect to have the best and care free *love making* of her life, and she definitely didn’t expect for another demon to show up….
To be continued….

The Story and Content: I was afraid that when turning a novel into a comic you would lose the internal dialoged that really makes you connect with a character, but Storm Born Issue 1 did a wonderful job of providing enough internal dialog to help the reader get to know Eugenie and understand the story.

The characters are not only funny but unique, from Eug’s American Indian posing roommate Tim, to Roland, Eug’s shaman step-dad and mentor.

The Art: The best thing about turning a novel into a comic is the ability to bring the characters to life and give them facial expressions. Eugenie makes some of the cutest and interesting faces :) I loved how you could read so much written on her face.

The color was my favorite part about the graphic novel. The colors really popped, and brought the whole story to another dimension!

and now for some giveaway goodies....

How the Giveaway Works:

For the next four days (March 11, 12, 13 and 14) I will be posting my review of the four issues I have up for grabs! Come back each of those days and I will add a new entry to the raffle below. I will repost the raffle on each review and all you have to do is read the review and Enter the raffle saying you did so! Remember to Tweet/Follow for extra Entries and come back tomorrow for my first review! 

Up for Grabs: 
1.The First Four Issues of The Dark Swan Graphic Novels
2. Laminated, high printer quality comic strip to use as bookmarks!

Who Can Enter:
One US winner will receive the physical comics and one bookmark!
One International Winner will receive a PDF copy of the comics and Two bookmarks!

Stop by tomorrow for more chances to enter! You do not have to be a follower of this blog to enter, but as always, it is much appreciated!

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Sony M. said...

Can't wait to read more about these!

Diana said...

I am a HUGE Richelle Mead fan. I haven't read Dark Swan series yet but the comics and the artwork look amazing. I loved your review!
Thank you for the giveaway!

Diana said...

My entry name in form is Demitra Giote not Diana.
Thank you!

kelly jones said...

I love the Storm Born series, can't wait to be able to have a look at the graphic novels :)

Pau said...

I adore comics. They can make us, the readers, picture easier our favourite characters, and if we get to talk about Dark Swan main characters - then you hit a good spot.

Thank you for the giveaway!

Danielle Smiley said...

I'm so excited about this giveaway!!! I've never really read a graphic novel, but this is one of my all time favorite series and it'd be so neat to see this come to life, especially (as you noted) E's facial expressions.

Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!!

Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

I love Richelle mead books and I would love to read this comic of hers. Not to mention you said the drawings for the comic were great and used many cute faces. I would love to see that!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Canary said...

This post reminds me that I need to revisit Mead's books. I remember reading some by her, but my memory is a total blank. :D

Anna said...

I love this series so seeing it a Graphic Novel will be awesome.

I read Urban Fantasy, PNR and YA said...

Seriously I missed this!!