The GeeksverseRichelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born #2

Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born #2
Published on Saturday, July 9, 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- xxx; B- xxx

The second issue opens up a little bit before the last ended. The first ended with an elemental appearing over the bed where Kiyo and Eugenie are sleeping. This one opens up with them waking up.

And from there it jumps into high gear quickly and never lets up. Kiyo appears to be more then he seems to be and we’re given some hints on what that is. Eugenie doesn’t see it, but we can using visual clues. It’s a nice sequance that leaves some mysteries to the story, but provides some clues so we can see how Eugenie approaches the same conclusion.

The rest of the issue is her dealing the the after effects of her one night stand. For many people, there is usually some form of guilt, for Eugenie there’s alot of guilt. With what Kiyo appears to be, she’s afraid that she slept with the enemy, especially where some of the demons and elementals seem to want to have sex with her.

Mead and Alter keep the story moving. There’s multiple plots all converging and bisecting, but it all moves smoothly and naturally. The one negative is that there is alot of dialogue. The narrative is told from Eugenie’s point of view and she talks alot. But in a way it works for this story because some of the concepts wouldn’t carry over in the art. It’s obvious that the story came from novels in the first place. The concept works well as a comic book.

The art by Hamann is excellant. He’s got a nice sense of storytelling, the pages moving smoothly. His figures are well proportioned. Eugenie has a sexy quality to her, but it’s not overdone. There are plenty of scenes where the art could have had more exposure of her naked body, but Hamann handles it nicely.

Dark Swan: Storm Born #2 receives
4.5 out of 5

Another excellant story of this series. I probably won’t read the novels but this might be a series that I can use to get my girlfriend into comics as the novels are something she’d be interested in.

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