Saturday, 10 September 2016

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley (Author), Mia Goodwin (Illustrator)

Everyone needs to read this comic. Honestly. This is by far my favourite thing I’ve read all year.

Imagine your stereotypical fairy tale world, where kings lock their daughters up in towers to keep them safe (and more importantly to make sure that any future king is strong and brave enough to defeat the dragon), princesses have to wait around in towers to be rescued, and the only armour that currently exists for women is horribly skimpy (and is obviously poking fun at the types of outfits worn by characters like Wonder Woman and Xena Warrior Princess).

But this is the story of Princess Adrienne, one princess who's tired of waiting to be rescued. She finds a magic sword under her bed and decides to save herself (and all her sisters) instead. With her dragon Sparky and the blacksmith Bedelia, they set off on an adventure to save all the princesses who are stuck in towers waiting for their princes to come.

I loved this comic for SO many reasons, the main being that it is refreshing to have the spotlight on female heroes, and it has a diverse, predominantly African-American cast. It pokes fun at the typical fairy tale tropes, it is funny (one of my favourite panels is when Adrienne gives the prince grief when he calls her ‘fair maiden’), and it has terrific artwork.

While it’s currently shelved in the YA section I believe that it is a graphic novel that can be enjoyed by adults (and children) of all ages. I am definitely recommending it to everyone I know.

Posted by Sas

Catalogue link: Princeless

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