As any good fan of the TV show Castle knows, Nikki Heat is by no means Richard Castle's first famous character. The show starts off with his concludinAs any good fan of the TV show Castle knows, Nikki Heat is by no means Richard Castle's first famous character. The show starts off with his concluding his long-running Derrick Storm series, and the particular explosive ending he gives those books is a nice little character development point for Castle since it leads right into why he tags along with the NYPD. And given the success of the Nikki Heat tie-in novels, it was pretty much inevitable that additional material involving Derrick Storm would be eventually made available to us fans. This time around, though, they've elected to give us a graphic novelization of the "first Derrick Storm novel".
It's a clever choice, and certainly provides some nice variety for the Castle tie-in material as well as general versimilitude--since quite a few well-known authors in SF have graphic novelizations of their work going, such as Jim Butcher and Richelle Mead. But the important question is, as a graphic novel, does Richard Castle's Deadly Storm work?
Art-wise, it will probably surprise no one who glances through this work that Derrick Storm comes out looking suspiciously Nathan-Fillion-esque. Other than that, I vacillated between quite liking several panels and being indifferent to several others, so I ultimately came out uncertain if I liked the art style. Story-wise, I was definitely ambivalent. It read like a truncated version of a meatier story--certainly, given the overall style of the Nikki Heat novels, this seemed much jerkier of pacing by comparison. And while this might only add to the versimilitude of a "graphic novel adaptation", it nonetheless left me wishing I'd actually gotten a novel version of this story instead.
All in all if you're enough of a Castle fan to be a completist, you might want to pick this up. Otherwise, for now, the Nikki Heat novels are actually more amusing. Two stars....more
I read Ghost Ship, Book 2 of P.J. Alderman's Port Chatham series, right on the heels of Book 1. And was delighted that I did, because while both are sI read Ghost Ship, Book 2 of P.J. Alderman's Port Chatham series, right on the heels of Book 1. And was delighted that I did, because while both are standalone stories, the continuation of the relationship between lead characters Jordan and Jase flows beautifully right out of Book 1. It is, hands down, my favorite thing about the second book.
But that said, everything else about Ghost Ship is also a fun followup to Haunting Jordan. Jordan is once again called upon by Port Chatham's deceased residents to investigate one of their own murders, setting up another dual plotline that bounces back and forth between the past and the current timelines. This time the ghostly victim is Michael, the former rival for the affections of Jordan's ghostly roommate Hattie--and Michael's much more aggressive about having been killed. The modern murder is of Michael's own descendant. Naturally, Jordan has to solve both at once!
We get some fun development of what all Jordan's capable of seeing in this book, as well as some further explanation of what the ghosts of Port Chatham are themselves able to do. There's advancement of Jordan's friendship with Darcy, the (refreshingly) female sheriff of the town, as well as the aforementioned romantic advancement. On the strength of the image in my reader's eye given me by the very last page alone, I almost liked this one even more than the first, and am greatly looking forward to what Alderman will be writing next. Five stars....more