Before I get into the details of Richard Castle’s Storm Season I should probably give a couple of warnings. First, there will be some spoilers. Second, this is a sequel to Deadly Storm so if you have not read that first it will not make as much sense. However, here are the basics. Derrick Storm is the main a character in a series of best-selling novels from the main character and author of ABC’s Castle, played by Nathan Fillion. In the first season to the show Richard Castle kills of Derrick Storm after getting tired of writing these mystery/spy novels and looks for a new main character. While the show goes forward from there the Deadly Storm and Storm Season graphic novels are adaptations based on his books that Marvel has released. Assuming you’re not completely confused as to how a fictional character has graphic novels adaptations of books that have never been released in the real world let’s get into the review.
Storm Season picks up a while after the end of Deadly Storm. Derrick Storm is still a private investigator who does occasional work for the CIA when they need things handled outside of their jurisdiction. Most of the time though he is helping old ladies get their money back after getting conned or hunting down cheating spouses. While slightly unorthodox at times he is good at his job and has a smart couple of assistants working with him. Storm Season begins with Storm’s team wrapping up one of these such cases. It nearly goes badly but they are able to pull it off. However, in doing so he sees someone he thought was long dead. He spends the next couple days trying to figure out if his mind is playing tricks on him or not.
Before he can make up a decision on that he is confronted by a con man who he recently had a job to get money back from. The man is not looking for the money back bot for help finding his sister who has gone missing. At this point things start to get strange as Storm is pulled into an conspiracy that will nearly get him killed…more than once.
While the story would not make as much sense without reading Deadly Storm it still is a really fun “adaptation”. There are twists and turns as one would expect in a spy/mystery story, but the actual specifics caught me by surprise. I enjoyed it so much that I planned to just read the intro and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting making myself late for a meeting. Whether or not you watch ABC’s Castle you should give these Derrick Storm graphic novels a try if you like fun spy stories. The artwork is well done and the writers did a great job moving between Storm’s internal thoughts and the actual events he is involved in.