Comic Review: Princeless #1-2

Princeless #1-2
Written by Jeremy Whitley
Art by M. Goodwin
Colors by M. Goodwin
Action Lab Comics
Release Date(s): #1: November 9, 2011; #2: December 7, 2011
Cover Price: $3.99

Princeless is a four-issue miniseries written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn by M. Goodwin. The series is a play on the conventional fairy tale genre in which the princess is always rescued by the handsome prince. In Princeless, those conventions are thrown out the window and are refocused and shifted a bit. The princess in this story, Adrienne, believes that these typical fairy tales are a bunch of lies. She feels that no one should have to wait and be rescued by a prince. So, when she turns sixteen she decides to be the rescuer rather than the rescued.

Princeless is a great comic for all ages. It’s different than most comics out in the market today. The comic bends the aspects of fairy tales and tells a story like it from a different angle. This is one of the reasons why I really enjoyed this fantastic comic. Another reason why I loved this comic is that the main character is not only a woman, but a woman of color. Not many comics in the market today have the main character represented this way. The book just brings something new and fresh to an all ages market that is very light on great and entertaining comics for just about everyone.

With issue #2, Princeless gets even better. Several other members of Adrienne’s royal family are introduced: her father, the King of Ashland, and her brother, Devin. Most of issue #2 focuses on Devin and his training to become an heir to the throne. Devin learns of Adrienne’s “death” and works alongside his father to avenge her by swearing to slay the dragon and the person riding the dragon. In his attempt to slay said dragon and rider, he learns that Adrienne is still alive and is, in fact, the rider of the dragon. Adrienne tells Devin her plan to rescue their sisters and suddenly comes in contact with her father, the King. The King corners the rider, not knowing that the rider is Adrienne, while Adrienne pretends to hold Devin hostage. Adrienne falls off the balcony and is caught by the dragon and they fly away.

Issue #2 was just as much fun as the first issue. New characters are introduced and the story continues to intensify. Writer Jeremy Whitley definitely has written a comic that satisfies, keeps the reader interested and anxiously waiting for the new issue. The art and colors by M. Goodwin are a fantastic delight. Her art surprisingly gets better with the second issue and I was already a fan of her art from the first issue. The colors make the story come to life and give the comic an interesting look unlike any other books out on the comic market today.

Overall, Princeless is not only a fantastic story but it is also one good-looking book. If you missed out on these first two issues, I highly suggest picking both of these issues up from your local comic book shop. If you have trouble finding the print edition then that’s not a problem. Princeless is also available digitally. Just don’t pass up this book, it is one great find.

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