Paperback, 122 pages
Published June 26th, 2013 by Action Lab Entertainment Inc
I was recently made aware of the importance of getting enough of me-time. For me, reading has always been one of the best ways for that. Book blogging, however, has been shifting more and more towards free time and often even feels like work time (in a good way, though, don’t get me wrong).
Reading this book with a cup of tea and a nice piece of Portland’s infamous Almond&Sea Salt chocolate truly felt like solid me-time again; huzzah!
“A new collection of the adventures of everyone’s favorite runaway princess, the incomparable Adrienne. This time, she’s out to rescue her older sister Angelica, the most beautiful princess in the world. It won’t be easy, though. Not only does Adrienne have to deal with Angelica’s legions of admirers and their sibling rivalry, but the King has hired a band of ruthless mercenaries to track her down. Can she save Angelica? Does she want to? And how will she deal with these deadly knights who are after her head?”
We pick up where Volume one left off: on the quest of rescuing Princess Adrienne’s sisters who are all locked up in separate towers spread across their father’s kingdom. The graphics are nice and colourful, the text witty and clean again (a.k.a. no swearing whatsoever).
To describe this story in three words: fairytale, fantasy and feminism. I’m a big sucker for all three of those, but, like in the first volume, the feminism part is being way too obvious again. I’m all for girls who can kick a grown man’s butt if they have to (which you will encounter in this book a few times, POWPOW!), but the underlying meaning of feminism isn’t so underlying…
I generally don’t like the portrayal of women in most comics either, but geez. If the message was just a bit more subtle, it wouldn’t be annoying at all.
What I do like, is that the main characters in this book, Adrienne and Bedelia, are just regular looking girls instead of some busty unnatural looking 16-year-olds you come across sometimes.
A new character that’s being introduced here is the mysterious Black Knight.
“The Black Knight is fierce, he’s strong, he’s the best swordfighter there is…and no one has ever heard his voice or seen his face.“
I don’t know if it’s just me, but again, there’s lack of subtlety when it comes to hinting at the secret identity of the Knight. It’s not revealed in this book yet, but I can already see it coming from a mile away. If I turn out to be wrong, though, I will shamefully admit it when I find out, but until then, I’m sticking with “way too predictable!”.
All in all, this is still a great graphic novel for Disney fans and especially for kids ages 9 and up. If you have a young daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin etc., I can promise you that they are going to LOVE this series. With colourful art and an entertaining story, I’m rating it 3.5 brownies. I’ll be happy to read the next volume as part of my highly needed, relaxing me-time.
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I didn’t know this, but Princeless turns out to be an Indie comic! Meaning it will hereby be included in Indie Month for sure.
~About the Authors~
Jeremy Whitley is a writer living in Raleigh, NC with his wife Alicia and daughter Zuri. He attended The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing.
Born in California and raised both there and in
North Carolina, Jeremy is a lover of comics, fantasy,
and science fiction. His first comic was the self-published “The Order of Dagonet” with artist/collaborator Jason Strutz. Jeremy, Jason, and their friend Charlie co-founded independent publisher Firetower Studios, where they produced a number of webcomics and short comics.
Jeremy is also the creator and writer of the comic series “Princeless” from Action Lab Entertainment. In 2011, Princeless was nominated for two Eisners including “Best Single Issue” and “Best Comic for Kids Ages 8-12”. It was also nominated for five Glyph Awards and won three for “Best Female Character”, “Best Writer”, and “Story of the Year”. The first volume was also included on a number of Best of 2011 and 2012 lists.
In 2011, Jeremy joined Action Lab Entertainment as their official Director of Marketing. Jeremy has also co-written licensed properties from the publisher including the 2012 digital mini-series “GlobWorld” and the ongoing series “NFL RushZone”.
Jeremy is currently working on a number of creator-owned properties as well as his debut in non-comics fiction. You can follow him on Twitter @jrome58. (source: Amazon.com)
Emily C. Martin is a comic artist, fine artist, illustrator, and teacher. She is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a B.F.A. in Printmaking. Currently, she is the artist of the Eisner-Nominated comic Princeless, with writer Jeremy Whitley, for Action Lab Comics. She also has her own independent comic, Otherkinds, with writer Brandon Lake. Emily resides in Sonoma County, California, with Brett Grunig (husband), and Soujiro Tetsuo Wolfwood Naota Martin-Abbott Swift (cat). You can find Emily’s website here. (source: Megamoth.net)