There’s really only one thing to say about this series: quality is greater than quantity. Lately I’ve been reading a number of...moreStorm Born is a keeper
There’s really only one thing to say about this series: quality is greater than quantity. Lately I’ve been reading a number of graphic novels that just haven’t drawn me in or been very satisfying. At first I wondered if it was because I’m more used to reading Japanese manga where they’re masters at flow, beautiful drawing styles, and storytelling mixed into one. Manga only produces an average of 18 pages a week, or about 32 pages a month depending on the series, so mangaka (the creators) have to master how to balance art and story within those limitations. Graphic Novels tend to give you a bit more leeway when it comes to the pages and many times the artists and authors don’t take full advantage. There are issues with flow, art, proportions, and keeping the story engaging. Storm Born has thankfully been one of the series that doesn’t suffer these short comings. I wasn’t blown away by the art, but I did quite like it along with Eugenie’s expressions at times. The coloring is well done and fairly vivid too. Volume 1 is only about 25 pages, but I got more out of it than a few 130 page graphic novels I’ve recently read. It kicks off fairly quickly with the action, so don’t expect to be bored.
While not trying to give too much away, our protagonist is Eugenie, a sexy Shaman who is busy doing away with supernatural big bads as her “day job.” All in all, I can say that I like her. She’s pretty badass and we get a good feel for her character and personality.
I’m actually surprised at how the pages are short, but the story is rich and engaging. Eugenie starts out doing her ghost-busting thing, but it evolves into a deeper plotline. A teenaged girl has been kidnapped and taken to another realm by the Gentry (the PC form for “Fairy”). Eugenie is her only hope and will need to travel to that realm to save her. I am not familiar with Richelle Mead’s other works, but I’m assuming that these fairies aren’t the friendly Disney kind.
Because this is an on-going series, the major plot points are just beginning. So while there’s no resolution, I can say that I am definitely looking forward to the next issue. There’s always room for good urban fantasy and I look forward to what Storm Born can bring to the table.
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Yet another great chapter! I was hoping for a little more interaction with characters from chapter 3, but there is a hu...more*ARC provided by Sea Lion Books
Yet another great chapter! I was hoping for a little more interaction with characters from chapter 3, but there is a huge revelation here that has just made things veeeery interesting. Talk about going from bad to worse! This is one you WON'T want to skip! No doubt, I am hooked on these comics and I can't wait to start on the Dark Swan books. (less)
I'm a casual gamer, but I tend to prefer the ones with adventure as opposed to fighting (give me Uncharted or Assassin's Creed any day). I actually just wrapped up playing the new Tomb Raider yesterday. So needless to say the Injustice game escaped me. I went into this story complete blind as to what t
o expect. I thought I'd just open it up and read a few pages just to get my feet wet. But no, I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting. It took about an hour. I don't follow comic books very closely, only the story lines that make it to Hollywood. So you can imagine my mind was blown to see this particular universe KILL Lois Lane!! And she was PREGNANT!! That was total drama I wasn't prepared for.
There are definitely themes that could cause some controversy. Politics and war are all touch upon. And the idea that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Some character behaviors surprised me, namely Wonder Woman. She's got the hotts for the Supes (can you blame her?) and she uses it to drive her decisions. I'm not really sure how I feel about that development with her character, but if you're a fan of that ship you might want to give this series a go to see what develops.
I don't know if comic book purists would get on board with this, especially Superman fans, because it seems out of character. But I think certain changes are necessary to keep a franchise interesting. It certainly got my attention. I know there's a movie coming up soon involving Superman vs. Batman, and the two are at odds in this universe as well, but I can't imagine it being based on the same plot. Either way I will definitely be watching that film (it's got Henry Cavill, what else do you need?) and I'll be on the lookout for the next volume of the Injustice series.