When I accepted the invitation to review the Storm Born graphic novel, I hadn't read the book yet. It's been sitting on my TBR shelf for ages, and othWhen I accepted the invitation to review the Storm Born graphic novel, I hadn't read the book yet. It's been sitting on my TBR shelf for ages, and other things kept coming up. I decided I didn't want to review the graphic novel without reading the book first. I ended up loving the book (4 stars) and as soon as I finished I went to my computer and pulled up the first comic issue.
A very brief book synopsis: Eugenie is a shaman - she battles fairies (gentry) and spirits and either sends them back to the Otherworld or into the land of death. She gets a call from a man whose sister has been taken into the Otherworld, and Eugenie agrees to try and go get her. In her journey she meets many fairies, a fairy king, and other spirits/beings. She learns things about herself and her family she never would have dreamed of, and in addition to trying to save the girl she ends up on a journey of self-discovery and growth.
Now, on to the comics: It's obvious the writers and illustrators read the book and paid attention; Eugenie's tattoos and jewelry (which are important in the book) are there, the characters fit the descriptions, and the story follows the book closely. I like the artwork, and they do a good job of showing the reader what's going on.
As a fan, I was taken by the first page and enjoyed the whole thing: the first issue has most of the set-up to the eventual storyline and Eugenie has just met a potential love-interest. That being said, I don't know if there was enough going on that I would have been interested in continuing the series if I hadn't read the book already. By the second issue, however, things started to get more interesting and I think even people who haven't read the book will want the story to keep going; I know I did!
I would say to Dark Swan fans - if you like graphic novels, you'll love this, and to comic fans who haven't read the Eugenie books, keep with it - you'll be happy you did. ...more