Review: Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince (#1-4) by V.E. Schwab

Shades of Magic #1: The Steel Prince


The acclaimed fantasy phenomenon comes to comics with a new prequel story from award-winning creator and New York Times bestseller V.E. Schwab!

In a gaslamp world where magicians navigate alternate Londons, the prince of Red London pursues a dark version of his beloved city ā€“ and faces worse than exile…

Sumptuously illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

Rating: šŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµ

I absolutely love the art. It’s stunning, really guys. I already know that this is going to be epic.

What bothered me though were the action scenes. They were quite confusing and I didn’t know what was happening or whom it happend to.

Also, this was a little short, but I should have expected that. This is how comics work. But this is actually the first time I am reading a comic issue by issue and not the bind-up, so I’ll have to get used to it. Or maybe I’ll just wait for the bind-up to come out. But the different covers are just so beautiful that I know I’ll end up buying them anyways haha.

A solid introduction that leaves me hoping for more.

Shades of Magic #2: The Steel Prince


The Prince of Red London reaches the Blood Coast ā€“ and meets its infamous Pirate Queen.

New York Times bestseller V.E. Schwab tells a new story in the world of her hit fantasy novels.

Rating: šŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµ

She’s a legend on the Blood Coast. Ruthless. Cruel. With a crew violent and hungry enough to match.

Yeah man, this was so much better than the first issue.

I think V. E. Schwab just needed the first issue to get into this thing, but now she has it down. I already love Maxim and Isra and I need more of the Pirate Queen! The women in this comic are great.

The artwork is just as beautiful. I can’t get enough of it.

Shades of Magic #3: The Steel Prince


V.E. Schwab tells a new story in her bestselling gaslamp fantasy series, as Maximā€™s exile brings him face to face with the Pirate Queen.

Rating: šŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµ

“Is that allowed?”

“Don’t you get it? There are no rules.”

This issue took so long to arrive, I almost went crazy wating for it.

But it was worth it! Both cover variants are gorgeous (they just keep getting better and better, don’t they?) and the art is as amazing as always.

Isra and Arisa are so fucking badass, it is unbelievable. I need more. Also, Isra constantly calling Maxim “Princeling” is the most hilarious thing ever.

The fight scenes this time were much better and more comprehensible than in the first issue (thank god, this comic is basically just fight scenes – magically fighting scenes though).

I’ve got some major Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes from this. Reading about magical powers is one thing, seeing them is another. I also kept thinking about A Gathering of Shadows and Lila and Kell. I think it’s time for a re-read.

This isn’t the Essen Tasch, Princeling.

Shades of Magic #4: The Steel Prince


V.E. Schwab’s newest story in her bestselling fantasy series hits its climax, as Maxim becomes The Steel Prince.

Rating: šŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµšŸŒµ

I will cut out that tongue of yours and make you eat it.

I need more of the Pirate Queen, guys. That woman is so fucking vicious. I’m terrified. But the first arc “The Steel Prince and the Pirate Queen” is finished now and I look forward to reading the next arc!

This issue (and the whole arc in general) was a bit rushed and ended abruptly but I love it nonetheless. The last two pages are great. You can really see Maxim’s development. He’s slowly growing on me.

Do you read comics? What do you think about comics as prequels or sequels to novels? Let me know down below in the comments!


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