By Jessie Potts, USA TODAY
When most readers think of comics, they think of Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman and Superman. We think of superheroes and superpowers, of teenagers and comic-book stores. This image is something that Sea Lion Books is trying to change by targeting a much larger market, such as paranormal romance. That’s right: comics for adults, and Sea Lion has selected books by best-selling authors such as Richelle Mead for adaptation.
In December, the final Dark Swan book, Shadow Heir, was published, closing the thrilling series that took readers to the depths of Eugenie Markham. In January Sea Lion released the hardcover edition of Dark Swan: Storm Born Comic #1, giving readers the full-color world of Eugenie, supernaturals, Fae and, in this first issue, Kiyo.
Sea Lion did its homework and collected the best artists, who are also fans of Richelle Mead, to bring her words to life. (Artists on the comic are Dave Hamann and Adam Markiewicz.)
Eugenie in the comic book looks incredibly close to how she looked in my head, and I fell for Kiyo (even knowing what I do now!) after seeing him interact with Eugenie on the pages.
This isn’t for teenagers. There’s still some hot steamy lovin’, though those scenes are tastefully drawn while still keeping the storyline pure.
The colors are also what attracted me to this comic. The red of Eugenie’s hair is so vivid. The story also seems to progress, even though not a lot of the book is covered. I felt satisfied at the end — and eager for the second issue. It felt like the first time I read Storm Born, and I loved feeling excited again.
If you don’t think you’re a comic person, I’d say with 100% certainty that you need to give this new medium a try. Sea Lion Books plans to have more paranormal and young adult paranormal romance books adapted into comics, and its artists are readers and fans just like us, so they take their time trying to get the characters as close to the authors’ original intent as possible. I will definitely be looking out for more Eugenie in her full-color form.