The GeeksverseRichelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born #1

Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born #1
Published on Sunday, June 12, 2011 by

Published by: Sea Lion Books
Written by: Richelle Mead & Grant Alter
Art by: Dave Hamann
Colored by: Nelson Cosention De Oliveira
Lettered by: Dave Lanphear
Cover Art: A- Jennyson Rosero; B- Dave Hamann

The front page says that Eugenie Markham is a freelance shaman. She banishes otherwordly creatures for a price. The front page text also gives a bit more about what this series is about. It’s stuff that is hinted at but doesn’t fully appear in this issue.

The story opens with Eugenie having to banish a spirit from a shoe. Yes, it’s a funny as it sounds. Until the spirit shows up and propositions her. This is where the front page text first gets noticed, but not enough to get the full story.

It’s obvious that Mead and Alter have done their research as the first demon they chose is a Keres. It’s a death spirit that was confined to a canopic jar and when the jars wear down they find a new home. That this one chose a shoe makes more sense.

We learn alot about Eugenie in this issue. We’re introduced to her family and friends and we learn about her life. This works great as a first issue. We get action, a plot to the main story, deeper aspects added to the mythos and learn alot about the character. Excellant first issue.

Eugenie is an engaging character. How she deals with her issues is similar to how normal people would. This helps the reader get closer to the character and become attached. We can understand how she’d seek companionship in the arms of a stranger. This is a character in a strange world that is treated as a normal person. Even her relationship with her mother comes across well. The mother knows what she, and her step-father do, but chooses to ignore it.

The team pay attention to the details. It’s the little things that make a book great and the scene with Eugenie cleaning her weapons and just noting that Keres blood stains is a nice touch. Even mentioning her jewelry and such is a nice detail, showing that Eugenie always has her mind on the job.

The captions are written in the past, as if she was telling someone else the story. At parts it comes across as a bit odd but for the most part it works well. It’s well paced and well laid out. The story flows naturally.

Hamann’s art is nice. He’s got a decent style. It’s not hyper realistic. There’s some cartoonish to the edges but not enough to really adversely affect the overall work. Eugenie has some extensive tattoo work and Hamann does a great job maintaining the look of them in all the various angles and poses. That’s not as easy as it sounds with these style of tattoos.

He’s got a nice grasp of storytelling. The pages flow smoothly and naturally. He’s got a good sense of perspective and layout. This is a nice looking book.

Dark Swan: Storm Born #1 receives
5 out of 5

This is a top notch book. Good story, art and script.

Learn more about Sean Lion Books on their website.

Editor’s Note: I ran the wrong cover image with the review. I apologize to the fine folks at Sea Lion and the Dark Swan creative team.

Sea Lion has provided us with the cover image for the incentive cover.

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