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:
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    “Here, our story begins…” I read the entire A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, and I ended up giving them all three stars. I am absolutely obsessed with Victoria’s mind and worlds, and her characters are truly some of the best I’ve read, but the plot and events always held me back from completely loving them. But when I found out we were going to get to learn more about Rhy’s father (adoptive father of Kell) and the events that lead him to being King, I knew I couldn’t resist. But here I am, st “Here, our story begins…” I read the entire A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, and I ended up giving them all three stars. I am absolutely obsessed with Victoria’s mind and worlds, and her characters are truly some of the best I’ve read, but the plot and events always held me back from completely loving them. But when I found out we were going to get to learn more about Rhy’s father (adoptive father of Kell) and the events that lead him to being King, I knew I couldn’t resist. But here I am, still surprised that I ended up giving the prequel graphic novel series start three stars. Maxim Maresh is only a prince in this brand-new graphic novel series, but he is the sole heir and the king in waiting in Red London. Yet, he wants to be so much more than that, and he wants to prove that he will be capable and earn his rightful place as king one day. Maxim and his family are also people of color, with obvious dark brown skin, but it is never stated what ethnicity in this made up alternate historical London. And he has earned himself the title of The Steel Prince because of his magical affinity with steel. But in this bind-up, Maxim gets involved with pirates, and magical tournaments, and figuring out who he wants to be. Yet, this first volume barely mentions the parallel Londons, which (to me) is the coolest part of this world, completely. And then with this elaborate magic system finally being visualized, it just felt clunky, and like it missed the mark completely on something that could have been groundbreaking. “You fight like a royal. Like the weapons are made of wood. Like no one means to hurt you. But this is not London, your highness.” But my biggest problem with this graphic novel was honestly the art. Trust me, it kills me to say this, but I just never grew to like the style of this book. And especially with something as cool as the world of ADSOM, I feel like an artist really could have turned this into one of the most aesthetically pleasing series of all time, especially with red, grey, black, and white having such a pivotal role in this world. But I don’t have an art degree, so don’t listen to me. I’m just stating what I would have liked more for this story! The artist is still very talented. And if this is your favorite art style of all time? You are valid. I still really enjoyed this bind-up and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. I hope we get to see more cameos of characters we love, too! And if you are already a fan of VE Schwab and this breathtaking world, I bet you will absolutely love this addition! Content and trigger warnings violence, blood, and torture. Okay, so like with every graphic novel that I review, I always do a breakdown on what happens briefly in each individual issue. So, the next portion of this review will have SPOILERS! Obviously, I won’t give away anything too pivotal, but I will talk about some of the themes that each issue had inside.➽ ISSUE ONE:We get to meet Maxim, the prince and sole heir to the throne. We also get to meet the king, and his dad, Nokil. And we also get our first glimpse at Maxim wanting to be more than the prince in waiting, and he wants to prove himself and his fighting abilities. ➽ ISSUE TWO:We are introduced to Arisa, the pirate queen, and we get to learn about a tournament where the winner will fight her to prove themselves worthy. Also, we get to see the Black Torch, and you know my pub loving heart was so dang happy. ➽ ISSUE THREE:Isra, the pirate queen’s niece, and Maxim are both battling in the tournament where we see so many different magic abilities, and we learn there are no rules and anything goes. ➽ ISSUE FOUR:Things do not go Maxim’s way, but he is rescued. Then, after, he receives a letter from his father, asking him to come. But he declines because he still has so much more to learn.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
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  • 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!
  • ☆ 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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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly don't love the art for this, especially when it comes to close-ups of faces and fight scenes, and I also didn't find the story particularly thrilling 🙈
  • 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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  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5/5
  • Faith (BookSelf ~ You Are What You Read)
    January 1, 1970
    It was basically if the Essen Tasch had blood-bending and I liked it
  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    3.5This was a really great start to a graphic novel series! I only wish it were longer, tbh. I can't wait for more!!
  • jia ✨
    January 1, 1970
    "you're not my type.""let me guess, you don't like royals.""i don't like men."hello isra owns my whole heart.
  • rin 눈_눈 READ RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE
    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
  • Layla (Between the Lines)
    January 1, 1970
    This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone but I absolutely loved this. The Steel Prince has everything I want in a graphic novel and more: Victoria's cutting words, badass characters, and beautiful artwork. I can't wait to read the next volume.
  • Heidi The Reader
    January 1, 1970
    V.E. Schwab has penned a graphic novel about Maxim Maresh, one of the ancillary characters from The Shades of Magic series.I was very excited to read this. The tidbits Schwab dropped about Maxim in the trilogy were enticing. We learned he had a storied past. He fought notable outlaw figures. Somehow he developed an extraordinary control of his powers, which others had not been able to mimic.Under his reign, a certain magician opened the doors between the worlds to act as emissaries and messenger V.E. Schwab has penned a graphic novel about Maxim Maresh, one of the ancillary characters from The Shades of Magic series.I was very excited to read this. The tidbits Schwab dropped about Maxim in the trilogy were enticing. We learned he had a storied past. He fought notable outlaw figures. Somehow he developed an extraordinary control of his powers, which others had not been able to mimic.Under his reign, a certain magician opened the doors between the worlds to act as emissaries and messengers. But also, exposed the worlds to the greatest danger that they had ever faced."Before he was the King of Arnes, Maxim Maresh was a young, head strong prince with a penchant for metal magic and a lot to learn about the world beyond Red London. Banished by his own father to Verose, a city on the dangerous Blood Coast, Maxim was plunged into a world of danger and adventure." Foreward, by V.E. Schwab.So, who was this man? This graphic novel series sheds some light on an enigmatic figure."Why would you see those doors pried open again?" "Because sooner or later, all spells fail. And one day the doors to those worlds will open whether we wish it or not."What did I think of it? It was the first in a series. It's hard to give all of the contextual information of a new story without it turning into an info dump or neglecting to develop the characters.Schwab does a good job of avoiding these pitfalls, but I wanted more depth and development.We do get to see something of "bone magic," one of the more terrifying of the magics from Schwab's stories. Bone magic, unlike the elemental basis of the other magics, allows the user to literally control the actions of those around them.Bone magicians can make you throw yourself onto their enemies or your friends. Hold still while you're tortured. Stick a knife in your own eye.Bone magic, the removal of free will, is the idea that has continued to haunt me from the Shades of Magic series and Schwab uses it to good effect in this story.That being said, Maxim, at first, acts like a brat and doesn't understand the complexities of real life, running headlong into the "royalty removed from the world" trope. This focus of his character doesn't lend itself to likability. Perhaps that will change as the series goes along. Also, we get to see so very little of his extraordinarily abilities and more of his mediocrity.However, the artwork is stunning. I hope to read and enjoy the next volume. But I can't say I was knocked off my feet by this installment.Recommended, of course, for fans of the Shades of Magic series.
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  • Patricija - ReadOff
    January 1, 1970
    I read the first novel, Darker Shade of Magic last year, wanted to re- read it since, but didn't since I remembered everything!! SO, for my O.W.L.s I'm using this beautiful graphic novel for my first Transfiguration subject. (Red on the cover). I loved it. I miss this world so much, and if I understood correctly, this is about Maxim, Kells adoptive father when he was young. I loved the art, and I loved the plot, but it was indeed short, too short maybe. Now I want to devour the rest of these, bu I read the first novel, Darker Shade of Magic last year, wanted to re- read it since, but didn't since I remembered everything!! SO, for my O.W.L.s I'm using this beautiful graphic novel for my first Transfiguration subject. (Red on the cover). I loved it. I miss this world so much, and if I understood correctly, this is about Maxim, Kells adoptive father when he was young. I loved the art, and I loved the plot, but it was indeed short, too short maybe. Now I want to devour the rest of these, but then I'll have no ADSOM left :/. Anyways, give it a try!
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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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??
  • Gemma ♕ Books_McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    This was everything I wanted it to be and a whole bunch more! I loved getting a look into Maxim as a young man and delving into one of the great legends around him that is hinted at in the trilogy. The best thing about this for me was the budding friendship between Maxim and Isra (who I adore) and I can't wait to see that blossom.The artwork is gorgeous and seeing the different magics in all their artistic beauty was amazing. This woman can do no wrong in my eyes and I can't wait for Vol 2!
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    Finally picked this one up. Glad to have it in my collection but I do hope with each installment we get more development on the characters.
  • Flora ❀
    January 1, 1970
    no one:me: i would literally eat dirt for maxim
  • Erica 📚♋️✨🌸
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this graphic novel it was so cool to see young maxim. I gave it 4 stars because i wasn’t a huge fan of the art style it was very difficult at least for me to tell characters apart. But other then that i really enjoyed this and i can’t wait for volume 2 ☺ I really enjoyed this graphic novel it was so cool to see young maxim. I gave it 4 stars because i wasn’t a huge fan of the art style it was very difficult at least for me to tell characters apart. But other then that i really enjoyed this and i can’t wait for volume 2 ☺️
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  • Noah
    January 1, 1970
    HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT ALL YEAR FOR THIS???? VICTORIA YOU'RE KILLING ME.
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