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DERRICK STORM

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Full Name: Derrick Storm
Nationality: American
Organization: CIA
Occupation Agent

Creator: Andrew Marlowe, Richard Castle
Time Span: 2011 - 2014

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Derrick Storm is a part-time agent for the CIA.
       His full-time job is that of a private investigator and it is through that occupation that he would be pushed into a connection with the Company that would change his career path substantially. It definitely was not something he wanted or planned but in the life of Derrick Storm, many things do not go as planned.
       It is fairly obvious that Storm craved excitement and relished the thrilling thought of danger for he sought out his day job from an early age. It is not so certain that he wanted the actual chance of pain and agony that can come from tailing someone who did not appreciate being followed and who might be a lot bigger and stronger than the average height and slightly below average physique of Storm. In his first couple of recorded adventures, he is actually a tad surprised when fists fly and bullets zing. To his credit, he adapts quickly.
       His desire for adventure likely came from watching his father and that man's job as an FBI agent. Little is said of the work that man did but it is clear from the occasional quips his dad makes that he knows a thing or three about the real world. The man also maintains the common less than cordial feelings towards the CIA and its minions.
       Storm probably would have followed in his father's footsteps but it is clear that his lack of discipline and natural response to authority would mean he would unlikely have graduated from the Academy, much less survived in the ranks. Storm likes to speak his mind, almost always with several pinches of sarcasm, something that would not go over at all with the chain of command.
       As a result, Storm did not go into formal law enforcement but got his investigator license and went out on his own. He struggled for a while, considered giving it up but for what else he had no clue. Then a wife seeking a missing husband case sent him off on a job that would put his up against a rogue CIA agent, a good deal of stolen Agency gold, and a chance to make his reputation and his fortune, assuming he lived long enough.
       Over the course of the series, Storm would go from being pressured into working with the CIA as their unofficial private "snoop" to being an actual agent to being dead for a while to going back into the spy and private eye business again. He would have far more excitement that he ever thought or truly wanted but his quick repartee would never falter.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:3
First Appearance:2012
Last Appearance:2012

The three novellas were first released individually in e-book format before being combined into a omnibus. They comprise a trilogy.

1 A Brewing Storm A Brewing Storm
Written by Richard Castle
Copyright: 2012

Derrick Storm's old boss at the CIA asks Storm to come out of retirement to help unravel a kidnapping of a Senator's son. He must work in conjunction with a beautiful FBI agent, April Showers.

2 A Raging Storm A Raging Storm
Written by Richard Castle
Copyright: 2012

An assassin is the target of Derrick Storm's investigation, not to mention almost sixty billion dollars of gold bars. Along with him is April Showers and tension between them is mounting.

3 A Bloody Storm A Bloody Storm
Written by Richard Castle
Copyright: 2012

With the help of a few other former agents, Derrick Storm is in Russia hunting down the mission gold as well as rescuing April Showers from a psycho.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:4
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2014

       With the growing popularity of ABC's Castle, Marvel Comics, owned by the same parent corporation as ABC, Disney, decided to make use of that success with a graphic novel. They came up with the terrific idea of "adapting" the first Derrick Storm novel that Richard Castle had penned, Deadly Storm. I thought it genius since Castle being a fictitious author and there not being an actual book about that adventure, the authors had a pretty good opportunity to put their own stamp on the characters.
       That success bred another go-around and the next year a second "adaptation", this one being of the second book, came out.
       Obviously it did well enough that the following year, Marvel came back with another adventure, still using the idea of adapting a Castle book. This time it was A Calm Before Storm and they took a different approach. The team doing the work was different. Also, they broke the story into a 5-issue comic book mini-series before bundling it as a graphic novel.
       Yet another year passes and another Derrick Storm graphic novel adventure comes out. This go-around, it was just as a graphic novel and with another team but it was still excellent.

1 Richard Castle's Deadly Storm Richard Castle's Deadly Storm
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Kelly Sue Deconnick (writer), Chris Eliopoulos (letterer), Lan Medina (breakdowns)
Copyright: 2011

The adaptation of the first Derrick Storm novel, this adventure shows how the initially bumbling Storm becomes a deadly CIA operative.

2 Richard Castle's Storm Season Richard Castle's Storm Season
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Kelly Sue Deconnick (writer), Emanuela Lupacchino (pencils), Guillermo Ortego (inks), Dustin Weaver (cover art), Marte Gracia (cover art), Matt Milla (colorist), Cory Petit (letterer)
Copyright: 2012

The adaptation of the second Derrick Storm novel, Storm's job is to bug the hotel room of a visiting African leader but when he hears a woman's scream on the tape, things get really strange really quickly.

3 Richard Castle's A Calm Before Storm Richard Castle's A Calm Before Storm
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Peter David (writer), Robert Atkins (illustrator)
Copyright: 2013

The graphic novel is a collection of a 5-issue comic book mini-series - Someone called 'The Fear' is causing considerable trouble and it involves Derrick Storm and his father. To help figure out what is going on, Storm appeals to Clara Strike but if she gets involved, it may be to stop him.

4 Richard Castle's Unholy Storm Richard Castle's Unholy Storm
Published by Marvel
Contributors: Cullen Bunn (author), Robert Atkins (illustrator), Will Sliney (illustrator), Andrea Mutti (illustrator)
Copyright: 2014

After several daughters of powerful businessmen are murdered in New York, one of the dads hires Derrick Storm to find the killer. Storm calls upon his CIA handler, Clara Strike, to help.

MY COMMENTS

       I so dearly adore genius in marketing. There is so much in the ad world that numbs the senses that when true brilliance comes along, it is truly like the sun coming out from behind the clouds. That is what the Derrick Storm series of books are - brilliance.
       I am not saying the books themselves are brilliant, although they are pretty darn good. Just the idea of the existance of the books is terrific.
       The television premise was that the fictional character Derrick Storm was killed off by the author seeking a new inspiration which he found in Detective Kate Beckett, remodeled into Nikki Heat. The producers could have just released the books that "Richard Castle" had written before killing Storm off - and they still might. But writing books about a character that the reader knows is going to die is not a key to success. It could work. It most likely would not.
       But to have the author resurrect the hero in a new book and then coming out with the actual book is terrific because that allows more books to come and if the producers do decide to draft the earlier novels, they are not shackled by a soon-to-die lead.
       And the books are good! That is called icing on the cake.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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