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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 – and faces worse than exile... Sumptuously illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Enrica A 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 – and faces worse than exile... Sumptuously illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).


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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 – and faces worse than exile... Sumptuously illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Enrica A 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 – and faces worse than exile... Sumptuously illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri (Dishonored) and Enrica Angiolini (Warhammer 40,000).

30 review for The Steel Prince #1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    "Once there were four worlds instead of one, set side by side like sheets of paper." Review to come

  2. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Mira ✷

    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 prequel 2. it was pretty fun 3. too bad it’s a graphic novel 4. but I really want the next issues please?!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

    EXCUSE ME this was amazing. I love the art so much, it's so rich and I feel like it captures the essence of this world so well?? And the dialogues are amazing. Victoria does it again and literally every line is so iconic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    jessy

    Shades of Magic #2: The Steel Prince Shades of Magic #3: The Steel Prince Shades of Magic #4: The Steel Prince 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 issu Shades of Magic #2: The Steel Prince Shades of Magic #3: The Steel Prince Shades of Magic #4: The Steel Prince 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. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr

  5. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    i love the shades of magic series so much and the art in this book is beyond phenomenal but,,,,,,,,i was so confused reading this omg do i have to reread the series or am i just dumb?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    I had almost forgotten how much I loved this series and reading this beautiful graphic novel brought it all rushing back! It was such a treat to be able to dip my toes into this world again and to get a little back story on Maxim. I wasn’t a huge fan of him in the trilogy but this little gem definitely softened my view of him. Now, can we all take a couple seconds to appreciate how truly gorgeous and stunning the artwork is in this graphic novel?! I could sit and drool over it for hours!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I really like the artistic team they have for this series. I love all the different covers, and it was very hard to choose which one I wanted to pre-order (dame for future issues). What I like about this is...well, having read the series, I know how Maxim's story ends, but I like getting this snippet into his past and learning more about him. I have a number of friends interested in the comics but say "I haven't finished the series yet," and frankly, I don't think you need to. You can read this I really like the artistic team they have for this series. I love all the different covers, and it was very hard to choose which one I wanted to pre-order (dame for future issues). What I like about this is...well, having read the series, I know how Maxim's story ends, but I like getting this snippet into his past and learning more about him. I have a number of friends interested in the comics but say "I haven't finished the series yet," and frankly, I don't think you need to. You can read this and enjoy the development you get from it for Rhy's father and it doesn't spoil the story. It is a prequel, after all. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    milou ☕️

    I adore the illustrations. It didn't exactly wow me yet, but it's a nice start to what appears to be a promising series. Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm ↠ 3,5 stars I adore the illustrations. It didn't exactly wow me yet, but it's a nice start to what appears to be a promising series. Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Last.fm ↠ 3,5 stars

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I read this thinking it would give me a tidbit of what to expect in this series. I feel like you would enjoy it more if you had read the book first because this one was confusing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy (libraryofamy)

    So this is what it was like to buy a comic every week back in the 1950s... I'm definitely gonna wait until the bind-up of all 4(?) issues comes out in February before I continue. I'm glad I purchased the first issue though, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and it's cool thing to add to my Schwab collection! But... this was just way too short. I can't even give this a rating because it felt like it was half of a first chapter! I know that's how comics literally work but it's always an awkward readi So this is what it was like to buy a comic every week back in the 1950s... I'm definitely gonna wait until the bind-up of all 4(?) issues comes out in February before I continue. I'm glad I purchased the first issue though, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and it's cool thing to add to my Schwab collection! But... this was just way too short. I can't even give this a rating because it felt like it was half of a first chapter! I know that's how comics literally work but it's always an awkward reading experience for me. The art style is beautiful and I'm excited to see the ADSOM world in comic format. I also think following Maxim is such a good idea, and I love that this takes place in somewhere other than London, so we get a feel for how the Red universe is outside of that one city. My only complaint, beyond the fact that it was obviously quite short and there was not much to review because of that, is that I found that a majority of what happened to be quite confusing. I couldn't tell who was who, because the action scenes were not illustrated in a super effective way and a bunch of characters looked the same. I tried reading the main fight scene three times over and was still confused as to what the heck happened for those few pages. I'm assuming it'll make itself more clear in the next issue. But I absolutely love the cover. And it's really cool that VE Schwab made a comic, like... how bad ass is that? Like I said earlier, I'm definitely gonna continue but I'll wait until all the issues are out so I can get more of a cohesive reading experience.

  11. 4 out of 5

    prag ♻

    THE ART IS SO GOOD

  12. 4 out of 5

    S.E. Anderson

    The beginning of what’s going to be an epic series I’ve been waiting for this comic since it was announced last year, and Schwab has gone above and beyond! The beautiful world building that made Shades of Magic my favorite series is made even more gorgeous by the talented artist sic hand. I cannot wait to see where this goes!

  13. 4 out of 5

    maegan ✷

    FINAL RATING: 3.5 STARS Two things, before anything: I know comic issues are generally short, and I know that this is only the first issue to a promising saga of Maxim Maresh's life. Because this first issue definitely shows that: The Steel Prince is a tale full of untold stories regarding the heir of Arnes. But am I a little disappointed? You could say that. I'm going to continue reading this per issue (no doubt about that), but I honestly expected more. It just felt too short, and it felt too mu FINAL RATING: 3.5 STARS Two things, before anything: I know comic issues are generally short, and I know that this is only the first issue to a promising saga of Maxim Maresh's life. Because this first issue definitely shows that: The Steel Prince is a tale full of untold stories regarding the heir of Arnes. But am I a little disappointed? You could say that. I'm going to continue reading this per issue (no doubt about that), but I honestly expected more. It just felt too short, and it felt too much like an introductory issue that didn't reveal anything new. (So if you're a little tight on the budget and you don't fancy yourself a collector, I suggest buying the whole volume instead of buying it per issue.) I like the art style, though. I know everyone has a certain style they're attuned to, and I'm quite fond of this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ♡ gillian

    I can't rate a comic book since this is my first time reading one (probably because I'm not a fan of comics art). But this is a great intro to the series! I'm definitely one of those people who hated King Maresh and viewed him as an antagonist rather than a hero throughout SoM series. I hope reading this series will change my view and appreciate him more!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shaimaa

    "Magic is not muscle, my prince. You cannot break it with brute strength. But you can find it's weakest point." This looks like a start to something really great. I loved the illustrations. And I'm glad this was written. I've always thought there's more to Maxim and his story needed to be told.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    So, this is my first time with a comic? Graphic novel? What's the correct term here? I honestly have no idea. But here's what I do know: ~I am so happy VE Schwab decided to give us more of Maxim Maresh. ~I am thrilled with this new medium in which she chose to deliver Maxim. ~I loved the images. ~I want MORE. Now, here are my troubles: ~When I preordered issues 2-4 I also ordered issue 1 (it had already been released). I went to pick up my copies today (because I'm a slacker with a job in retail an So, this is my first time with a comic? Graphic novel? What's the correct term here? I honestly have no idea. But here's what I do know: ~I am so happy VE Schwab decided to give us more of Maxim Maresh. ~I am thrilled with this new medium in which she chose to deliver Maxim. ~I loved the images. ~I want MORE. Now, here are my troubles: ~When I preordered issues 2-4 I also ordered issue 1 (it had already been released). I went to pick up my copies today (because I'm a slacker with a job in retail and the season was upon us) and only issues 1 and 3 came in! I really really don't want to download the kindle version, but I might have to do just that so I can continue. ~I had no idea these things were so short. ~I am already wanting more. ~I'm really really happy that I waited to read these until almost all four issues were out. I am not a patient person. The wait would have killed me. Clearly my troubles are all on me and nothing to do with the fantastically magical world VE Schwab created for us. These covers are gorgeous and I desperately hope that my second issue arrives so I can have the complete set. If you aren't sure how you feel about comics (graphic novels?), but you've read the Shades of Magic series, then just go ahead and get this. Worst case you learn a bit more of Maxim. Best case you LEARN MORE OF MAXIM. See. You can't go wrong.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Casandra

    Aside from Vicious (which I’m slowly but surely making my way through) this is the fast piece from Victoria Schwab that I’ve read since I met her last week and I’m BUZZING I LOVE HER SO MUCH! She talked about her comic when I saw her in Boston and I was excited about it then. But after reading issue 1, I’m even more excited to read the future issues!! This was AMAZING! The art is so beautiful and rich. It fit the world so well. And the writing was simply extraordinary - not that I expected anythi Aside from Vicious (which I’m slowly but surely making my way through) this is the fast piece from Victoria Schwab that I’ve read since I met her last week and I’m BUZZING I LOVE HER SO MUCH! She talked about her comic when I saw her in Boston and I was excited about it then. But after reading issue 1, I’m even more excited to read the future issues!! This was AMAZING! The art is so beautiful and rich. It fit the world so well. And the writing was simply extraordinary - not that I expected anything different from Victoria. She truly did it again. Overall, I’m just so happy to be back in the work of ADSOM once more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    julia ♥

    I'm so excited to see where this story goes. I loved the Shades of Magic series (one of my all time favorite fantasy series) and the cover for this immediately pulled me in. 4/5, full review to come.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    That was very fast read and a little confusing? Hmmm. Let me think on this one for a while....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan Bigg

    I mean it took like 15 minutes to read and isn't even the whole first volume, so I don't know if it should count as a book. But lol whatever. Also, it looks interesting but comics are not my style of storytelling

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    "Once there were four worlds instead of one, set side by side like sheets of paper. There was magic in those worlds. It was like heay, fading a little with every step, but none went cold. The worlds were connected, their edges touched, their walls were thin, and magicians could move from one to the next, sharing knowledge, power, warmth... Until the first world fell ill. Their magic, once the strongest, was corrupted, and soon the sickness spread... The next sealed off the dying world, and all ins "Once there were four worlds instead of one, set side by side like sheets of paper. There was magic in those worlds. It was like heay, fading a little with every step, but none went cold. The worlds were connected, their edges touched, their walls were thin, and magicians could move from one to the next, sharing knowledge, power, warmth... Until the first world fell ill. Their magic, once the strongest, was corrupted, and soon the sickness spread... The next sealed off the dying world, and all inside, and it would have been enough... But the third, afraid, barred its doors not only to one neighbor, but to both... ... Forcing one world to face the dark alone, and severing the other from the rest of magic. And so three worlds were lost instead of one. Here, our story begins." Oh my god I can't express how happy I am to finally read this. King Maxim has been a gray character in the ADSOM trilogy, and I went from hating to loving to hating him again, I then settled on tolerating him. But now I can settle this inner debate of mine once and for all; by knowing his story I'll either LOVE him (hopefully) or loathe him. Either way I feel like this back story is very important to understanding who king Maxim is as a person. And it did start off pretty well. I loved that we had fighting scenes in the very first chapters! And I can't wait to read more!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Awkward Bibliophile

    --Just realised I accidentally put this review onto the bind up, rather than the first issue-- OH MY GOD I'VE MISSED THIS WORLD SO MUCH!!!! Being able to see Maxim and his own story is brilliant! Reading SHADES OF MAGIC I did like his character for the most part, so it's great to be able to delve into his character's backstory and find out even more about him. It's great to see the world of SHADES OF MAGIC recreated in such a beautiful visual medium, as the artwork is STUNNING!! We've already bee --Just realised I accidentally put this review onto the bind up, rather than the first issue-- OH MY GOD I'VE MISSED THIS WORLD SO MUCH!!!! Being able to see Maxim and his own story is brilliant! Reading SHADES OF MAGIC I did like his character for the most part, so it's great to be able to delve into his character's backstory and find out even more about him. It's great to see the world of SHADES OF MAGIC recreated in such a beautiful visual medium, as the artwork is STUNNING!! We've already been introduced to a range of new characters, AND EVEN TIERAN IS THERE!!!!😄😄 Which for some reason I didn't consider him making an appearance even though it was said in the SHADES OF MAGIC series how he was there when Maxim was growing up. But this dives straight in with the story, and already I can see part of Maxim's character that's seen in SHADES OF MAGIC and I love it. I'M JUST SO EXCITED FOR THIS PREQUEL SERIES AND CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ISSUE😄😄😄😄

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lindsi (Do You Dog-ear?)

    I haven't read the Shades of Magic series even though it's been on my list for a few years now. I've loved V.E. Schwab's other books, so I'm confident it will be equally, if not more, enjoyable! However, not reading the books didn't deter me from grabbing this comic when it was released. I had no prior knowledge of the world, but thought Schwab did an awesome job explaining everything at the start. It was concise but not overwhelming, which is always a bonus. New worlds can sometimes be overexpla I haven't read the Shades of Magic series even though it's been on my list for a few years now. I've loved V.E. Schwab's other books, so I'm confident it will be equally, if not more, enjoyable! However, not reading the books didn't deter me from grabbing this comic when it was released. I had no prior knowledge of the world, but thought Schwab did an awesome job explaining everything at the start. It was concise but not overwhelming, which is always a bonus. New worlds can sometimes be overexplained, but I only know the basics. There's still so much to see and learn! Despite being unfamiliar with the world and the characters, I really enjoyed this comic! I'm curious to learn more about Maxim, the reasons for his exile, and why his father is so against reuniting the different worlds. If you know something, don't tell me! Originally posted at Do You Dog-ear? on November 13, 2018.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ilse

    Okay so I don't completely know what to rate this because this issue was just an introduction so I'm guessing the next issue is going to go into detail about the story itself but I already love it so much! I love the page where it shows how the London's were sealed off from each other I may have stated at that page for like 5 minutes taking in every detail so I guess that alone makes it deserve 5 stars! Though I'm also going a big towards 4.5 stars, not just because it's an introduction but also Okay so I don't completely know what to rate this because this issue was just an introduction so I'm guessing the next issue is going to go into detail about the story itself but I already love it so much! I love the page where it shows how the London's were sealed off from each other I may have stated at that page for like 5 minutes taking in every detail so I guess that alone makes it deserve 5 stars! Though I'm also going a big towards 4.5 stars, not just because it's an introduction but also because the art style can sometimes be a bit disorienting but that can also be because when I read comics they're often the more I guess 'modern??' ones?? That have a bit less detail and thus are easier to follow, but also this gave me a great excuse to go through this super slowly since it's sadly only a few pages and enjoy every single page of this so far!

  25. 4 out of 5

    ari

    3/5 An absolutely delightful and engaging introduction to "The Steel Prince". Despite the fact that Maxim is well, quite frankly, a piece of sh*t kinda in Shades of Magic, I was a lil nervous about the development of this story and what it was gonna be, but as per usual, V.E.Schwab always delivers. We are introduced to a FuN yOUthFul, Oh Im Oh So dANGeRouS And ADvenTuruous side of Maxim who arrives in the city of Verose, an unforgiving city filled with crime. Also god the art was so so so beautif 3/5 An absolutely delightful and engaging introduction to "The Steel Prince". Despite the fact that Maxim is well, quite frankly, a piece of sh*t kinda in Shades of Magic, I was a lil nervous about the development of this story and what it was gonna be, but as per usual, V.E.Schwab always delivers. We are introduced to a FuN yOUthFul, Oh Im Oh So dANGeRouS And ADvenTuruous side of Maxim who arrives in the city of Verose, an unforgiving city filled with crime. Also god the art was so so so beautiful from every shade and colour and harsh lines and soft lines, just bliss.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)

    What a fantastic surprise to find this on my iPad tonight!! I forgot the release date haha. I already love where the story is heading and it's interesting to see Maxim as much more arrogant and impetuous, like his son, rather than the king we've met in Shades of Magic. The artwork is beautiful, although the shading on the faces is a little extreme- I think I like cleaner lines but I'm by no means a comics expert. The way the magic is drawn though!! Ah!! Can't wait for the next issue.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria Elena

    **3.5 stars** Finally managed to start with Steel Prince, the prequel to the Shades of Magic series, which is on my list of all time favourite fantasy books. In the Steel Prince volume 1, we get a first view of Prince Maxim’s character... and also the beginning of one of his adventures. Looking forward to the rest of it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lauren (AWriterCanDream)

    Definitely a different approach to a prequel, but I loved it. Schwab was right thinking that Maxim’s story needed more attention, especially after the events in her final book of Darker Shades of Magic. The graphics were beautiful and full of contrasts, the magic of the world on full display. I think I’d still like a full length novel or novella to cover Maxims story, but the graphic novel gives the story a uniqueness all its own. If you aren’t big into comics, I definitely recommend buying on k Definitely a different approach to a prequel, but I loved it. Schwab was right thinking that Maxim’s story needed more attention, especially after the events in her final book of Darker Shades of Magic. The graphics were beautiful and full of contrasts, the magic of the world on full display. I think I’d still like a full length novel or novella to cover Maxims story, but the graphic novel gives the story a uniqueness all its own. If you aren’t big into comics, I definitely recommend buying on kindle, book, or through iTunes; it’s cheaper and probably easier to obtain if you don’t have comic book stores nearby. Supposedly a physical edition will be released to amazon at least in February 2019, but that’s just according to Amazon.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate (katereads13.blogspot.com)

    Ok honestly, I walked into this graphic novel with a certain idea about it and I found out my assumptions were completely wrong. I thought this book was a retelling of a Darker Shades of Magic and I found out that this novel is actually a prequel. This series is a fantasy series and follows Maxim as he makes his rise to king. In this story, Maxim has a need for adventure and is reluctant to take the throne much to the dismay of his ruthless father. This graphic novel was a quick read with an exc Ok honestly, I walked into this graphic novel with a certain idea about it and I found out my assumptions were completely wrong. I thought this book was a retelling of a Darker Shades of Magic and I found out that this novel is actually a prequel. This series is a fantasy series and follows Maxim as he makes his rise to king. In this story, Maxim has a need for adventure and is reluctant to take the throne much to the dismay of his ruthless father. This graphic novel was a quick read with an excellent plot and intriguing characters. The art was beautiful and I felt it was a great representation of the Darker Shades of Magic series. I swallowed this comic in one sitting and I found myself thinking about it even a few days later. I think this is a solid way to start 2020.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I need more!!!!!!

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