Shades of Magic Vol. 1
Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab and torn from the universe of the Shades of Magic sequence, this all-original comic book prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is perfect for fans of bloody, swashbuckling adventure and gritty fantasy!Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa...Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

Shades of Magic Vol. 1 Details

TitleShades of Magic Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 6th, 2019
PublisherTitan Comics
ISBN-139781785865879
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics

Shades of Magic Vol. 1 Review

  • Victoria Schwab
    January 1, 1970
    Set in the years before SHADES OF MAGIC, the young, arrogant prince Maxim is sent to a violent coastal city, where he teams up with a band of unconventional soldiers to face pirates, forbidden magic, and all manner of things.
  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    VICTORIA ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL MEITS A BLOODY PREQUEL GRAPHIC NOVEL TO SHADES OF MAGIC WHO ELSE IS HYPERVENTILATING
  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    my main philosophy in life is that if Victoria Schwab is involved, my money will be well-spent
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    me when this was announced:me when this cover dropped:me when this comic finally releases:
  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    The art took some getting used to but it picked up FAST. I absolutely loved learning more about Maxim, and this made me realize how much I desperately need a reread of ADSOM! YAY!
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Are we surprised? RTC! <3 Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
  • ☆ Mira ✷
    January 1, 1970
    20gayteen has been beautiful, but can we talk about 20Schwabteen? Returning to Red London for a new adventure WATERED my CROPS and I am THRIVING out here. As you all know, Shades of Magic is my main personality trait lately, god bless. It's so exciting to have something new to consume instead of fixating on the same 3 books over and over again. (NOT that there's anything wrong with that, okay?)Honestly, I was initially disappointed that Victoria Schwab created a new 2018 Shades of Magic series—a 20gayteen has been beautiful, but can we talk about 20Schwabteen? Returning to Red London for a new adventure WATERED my CROPS and I am THRIVING out here. As you all know, Shades of Magic is my main personality trait lately, god bless. It's so exciting to have something new to consume instead of fixating on the same 3 books over and over again. (NOT that there's anything wrong with that, okay?)Honestly, I was initially disappointed that Victoria Schwab created a new 2018 Shades of Magic series—and then dedicated it to Maxim Maresh, of all characters. See, I was a proud Maxim hater in my A Gathering of Shadows days. He made my beloved <3 Kell <3 feel bad, which is inexcusable. Ugh. I was like… “yeah… steel prince…” waives hands halfheartedly JUST WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE MAXIM?But what do ya know pals, he wasn’t always a paranoid hardass dad! He used to be the WILD bitch who gets up to adventure. Reading about Maxim’s past felt like looking at my parents’ childhood photographs and realizing that they had entire LIVES I don’t know about. Wow.And this beginning of his adventures is entertaining. Rebellious Maxim gets thrown out of London and into Verose, a sketchy port city where he has to battle dark magic and the like. I hope he spends 3 issues making enemies and getting into fights. I am perfectly normal. We got the excellent Schwab Foreshadowing, of course. This prequel already gives Maxim’s reactions to events in Shades of Magic a whole new perspective, and I know that this will go further in the next issues. Since spacing out while doing mundane things in order to mentally analyze Schwab books is my trusted solution to boredom, it’s AWESOME to have a whole new lens for ADSOM! But… uh… I rated it 3 stars, so let’s get to that. First of all, as of now, I'm not actually that invested in the story, because 1) this first issue was really just an introduction that hasn't established the conflict yet; 2) it’s a prequel set 20 years before things are going fine in this world. So I’m not worried about Maxim’s safety, and if there’s a future threat of the entire world burning, I won’t care about that either. Second of all, graphic novels aren't my thing. I’ve never read a whole one because they disorient and confuse me so much. But I'm definitely in the minority with that. So I genuinely think that this is a you-not-me issue. If you like graphic novels, yay, I have faith in you loving The Steel Prince. In conclusion—1. shame on me for being un-hyped about a Maxim prequel2. it was pretty fun3. too bad it’s a graphic novel4. but I really want the next issues please?!
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    #1: 3/5. Honestly, this was. nothing special? seemed way too short somehow. definitely not enough content for me to form an actual opinion. but hey, it’s only the first issue and I’m just so happy to be back in my favorite universe! excited for more.#2: 5/5. HELL YEAH! That’s more like it. The writing is so unmistakably Schwab, I’ve felt somewhat. homesick? reading this. I love Arisa and Isra’s characters. Soooo pumped for more.#3: 5/5. EPIC! Major Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes! A great examp #1: 3/5. Honestly, this was. nothing special? seemed way too short somehow. definitely not enough content for me to form an actual opinion. but hey, it’s only the first issue and I’m just so happy to be back in my favorite universe! excited for more.#2: 5/5. HELL YEAH! That’s more like it. The writing is so unmistakably Schwab, I’ve felt somewhat. homesick? reading this. I love Arisa and Isra’s characters. Soooo pumped for more.#3: 5/5. EPIC! Major Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes! A great example of using paneling to your full advantage.. Well done!#4: 5/5. WHAT A BADASS ARTWORK. A good conclusion to the arc. Now we wait for the next one. Overall: 4,5/5.
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  • Lucy Rojas
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, this was me, a year ago, when i was reading ACOL:Today, almost a whole year later, i've got the amazing news that THE STEEL PRINCE is actually coming on its wayWishes come true, don't they?JUNE, 2018 UPDATE: THAT COOOOOVEEEEEER HAS KILLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED MEEEEEEEEEEEEE MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    MY CROPSMY SKINMY GRADESMY DEPRESSIONY'AAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL
  • rin
    January 1, 1970
    i said it 43093069 times but if it has victoria schwab's name on it then i have to read it even if it's a grocery shopping list
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    THIS WOMAN HAS MY SOUL I SWEAR TO GOD. IMMA CRY BECAUSE THIS IS EVERYTHING.At this rate my sanity's also forfeit so let the emotions wash over me like a tidal wave !!!
  • Victoria ♡
    January 1, 1970
    Woah Woah Woah a graphic novel?! Catch me intrigued
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    i haven’t even read adsom but i am SO READY for this graphic novel?? i mean THE STEEL PRINCE??? hello?????? it sounds so promising??
  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    can't wait for more!!
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    'Following Maxim Maresh — one of Red London’s ruling family — as he is sent into exile, an event that will have significant repercussions in years to come.' I'M SO READY AND THE FINAL COVER ART LOOKS EVEN BETTERLOOK AT ALL THE GLORIOUSSource--------PRESENTING THE STEEL PRINCE:SourceTBH, I'm crazy excited for the return of Maris, THE ACTUAL PIRATE QUEEN YESSSSAlso, an actual Shades of Magic prequel COMIC. I'M EMOTIONS
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  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    AM I DREAMING OR THIS REAL LIFE?????? A GODDAMN PREQUEL GRAPHIC NOVEL ARE YOU SHITTING ME 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 VICTORIA SCHWAB IS TO BLAME FOR MY QUICK AND PREMATURE DEATH. Plus, did you know that A Darker Shade of Magic is getting turned into a movie? whaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttt.
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  • Fuzaila
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to me stalking Schwab on twitter I heard about this gem because apparently, spending days on goodreads isn't enough.When's OCTOBER??
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    Full Review on The Candid Cover4.5 StarsThe Steel Prince by V.E.Schwab is an enthralling graphic novel that is the prequel to the Shades of Magic series. It is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I found myself enjoying the unique, action-packed plot and the gorgeous artwork. I believe that this is a great introduction to the series, and I am excited to continue on with the story.Graphic novels are not something that I normally read, but this prequel to the Shades of Magic series intrigued me. I h Full Review on The Candid Cover4.5 StarsThe Steel Prince by V.E.Schwab is an enthralling graphic novel that is the prequel to the Shades of Magic series. It is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I found myself enjoying the unique, action-packed plot and the gorgeous artwork. I believe that this is a great introduction to the series, and I am excited to continue on with the story.Graphic novels are not something that I normally read, but this prequel to the Shades of Magic series intrigued me. I have heard so much about these books, but I haven’t yet had the chance to pick them up. This book follows Maxim, a prince who is exiled, as he faces many obstacles including dark magic and pirates. The way the magic is presented is unique, and I am excited to learn more about it. If anything, the story is action-packed, and the pacing is quick, making the book hard to put down.❀ STUNNING ARTWORKThe artwork in the book is both stunning and easy to follow. Each character is distinct, and the settings are vivid. The way the four Londons are introduced is so fascinating to me. As I was reading, I especially enjoyed the illustrations of magic. I was unsure how this would be portrayed at first, but it makes sense and is aesthetically pleasing. The attention to detail as the story is brought to life is remarkable.The Steel Prince is a captivating prequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. I loved the fast-paced plot and the beautiful illustrations. I can’t wait to further explore this series in the near future!
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  • MeaganCM
    January 1, 1970
    Ummm so don't be deceived by the cover art. The actual art inside is nothing like the cover. It didn't work for me. I did like Maxim buuuuut there wasn't much substance to this.
  • Chi
    January 1, 1970
    WOW it’s King Maxim! AND THE COVER IS GORGEOUS.
  • Sabrina Ye
    January 1, 1970
    I think I've already loved the illustration style 😍
  • Flora ❀
    January 1, 1970
    i need this more than air. now i know how Jordan Sparks felt .... tell me how to breathe with no air?
  • Adelina
    January 1, 1970
    ❗❗ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hea... ❗❗the inside art looks beautiful!!! ✨😍
  • Daisy Gonzalez
    January 1, 1970
    We’re back baby! I love this world so much and this is such a great start for a new series❤🖤 We’re back baby! I love this world so much and this is such a great start for a new series❤️🖤
  • Randa Mathias
    January 1, 1970
    I think this would have been closer to a 3 star read without the bonus content my edition had. While reading it I thought it was way too short for my liking. However, having the author talk about how she had to shorten it to fit the format, combine images, and compromise helped me get over my hang-up with it. I just love being back in this world. Definitely looking forward to the next volume.
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  • Vanessa (The Wolf and Books)
    January 1, 1970
    The Steel Prince is a visually enthralling prequel to the Shades of Magic series with stunning artwork. This beautifully done graphic novel is a welcome bonus to the world V.E. Schwab envisioned. Even more reason I need to hurry up and read A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Going into this I knew that I was going to love it. ADSOM is one of my favorite worlds. I was  so excited to jump back into the world with new material. Since we only saw Maxim as the wise king is ADSOM, I enjoyed the chance to become more familiar with his character. I think this is the main reason why I didn't get a feeling of nostalgia when I first started to read them. Though I am sure once I get a few volumes into it, I will feel just as passionate about it as ADSOM.The best part about this Going into this I knew that I was going to love it. ADSOM is one of my favorite worlds. I was  so excited to jump back into the world with new material. Since we only saw Maxim as the wise king is ADSOM, I enjoyed the chance to become more familiar with his character. I think this is the main reason why I didn't get a feeling of nostalgia when I first started to read them. Though I am sure once I get a few volumes into it, I will feel just as passionate about it as ADSOM.The best part about this series is that you don't need to have read ADSOM to understand what is going on as it is the prequel. So if you have loved ADSOM since the beginning or want to get into it now, I highly recommend this series. The artwork is gorgeous and the plot meets my high expectations of a Schwab story. I do wish that the chapters were longer as it took me almost no time to read them and I want to savor this story. I admire Schwab's choice to make this into a comic because it is an unusual path for a previously written book series to have a prequel in a different format. 
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  • Carol (bookish_notes)
    January 1, 1970
    Ahhhh it’s great to be back in the Shades of Magic universe! Love seeing Maxim as the lead here and I’m a huge fan of the art style for this comic. Can’t wait to see where his story goes in this comic series!
  • Noah
    January 1, 1970
    HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT ALL YEAR FOR THIS???? VICTORIA YOU'RE KILLING ME.
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