Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jenn's Review: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm

Summary:  For the first time anywhere, CASTLE's titular hero Derrick Storm comes to life in the pages of this all-new graphic novel. This "adaptation" of Derrick Storm's first novel adventure takes our hero from the gritty world of the private eye all the way to the globe-hopping intrigue of the CIA. Eisner Award-winning Marvel Architect Brian Bendis and red hot Osborn writer Kelly Sue DeConnick worked closely with CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe to create the one thing millions of CASTLE fans have been asking for: Their first real Derrick Storm adventure. A wall-to-wall, gritty, witty, globe-hopping detective thrill ride for fans of the hit TV show starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, as well as fans of damn good comic books. ~product description

Review:  Okay this is my first comic book (ahem) graphic novel ever so I can only talk about my experience reading it and how it relates to the franchise.

I am a bit of a speed reader so it took some adjustment for me to not just skim the text and move on, but to actually take in and enjoy the art -which, by the way, is amazing.  I'm still flipping through it and re-examining all of it.  The collaboration between Marlowe and Mavel is fantastic.  This has to be Castle's voice, but Castle before he met Beckett and I think they completely succeeded in that.  Oddly enough when I was reading Deadly Storm I started the story in Nathan Fillion's voice but ended up reading it in Zachary Levi's.  I think this is because Derrick Storm is more of a combination of "Chuck" and "Richard Castle", whereas in the Nikki Heat novels, Jameson Rook is so completely Richard Castle.  

I won't be rating this read as my basis of comparison for a graphic novel is non-existent, but I will say I enjoyed it.  If they continue to put out this Derek Storm series, I will continue to read it.  It's a great transmedia edition to the Castle empire.  I think any fans of the series would like it.



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