Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st, 2014 by Action Lab Comics (first published January 1st, 2011)
Still waiting for your prince to come? Tired of spending night after night locked in a secluded tower? Princeless is the story of Princess Adrienne, one princess who’s tired of waiting to be rescued.
Join Adrienne and her guardian dragon, Sparky, as they begin their own quest in an all-ages action adventure designed specifically for those who are tired of waiting to be rescued– and who are ready to save themselves.
This was so much fun! It’s funny, exciting and involves a whole lotta girl power. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but sometimes even a little too much. The message is clear: girls, don’t be dependent on a guy, save yourself! Feminism all the way. Which is great, yet it was a bit overdone and redundant at certain points. That said, a female blacksmith, a female dragon and a female warrior who are all outsmarting the men in the story (who are all really made to look like fools, another point when it comes to overdoing things); that’s just awesome.
The characters: Princess Adrienne is the main character. She’s cool and all, but I have to admit I didn’t really ‘feel’ her as much as I would’ve liked to. I think she kind of blew it with me when she was being a total jerk towards her twin brother… Bedelia, the female blacksmith, was a lot more likable for me. She’s a typical tomboy with a very fierce kind of enthusiasm, you just can’t help but liking her (that is, I couldn’t). The most lovable character for me would be Sparky, the dragon, though. A giant pink dragon with a nose ring who is as cuddly as a puppy, yet deadly when you want her to be: fantastic!
The artwork: Great! I love the use of colours and the particular drawing style. And the pages are so soft and shiny, I couldn’t stop stroking them while reading. During some scenes, I had to look a few times to see what was actually going on, but that didn’t take away the general pleasantness of the artwork.
Would I want to read more of this series?: Definitely, it’s just a lovely colourful and funny way to spend your time. Especially if you’re in the middle and/or just finished some heavy literature. Then Princeless will perk you right back up! It’s a little clunky at times but I’m sure those little mistakes are fixed in volume 2.
I don’t think there’s any swearing in this book. Nor was there any explicit content when it comes to sex or violence. In fact, this is a comic which I would give to any 9+-year-old kid without a doubt since it’s very child-friendly. With an appropriate amount of humour to keep it interesting for adults as well.
I’m giving it 3.5 brownies!
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