Written by Jeremy Whitley
Pencils by Emily Martin
Inks by Ainhoa Aramayo
Colors and Letters by Brett Grunig
THE DEAL: Humans and elves are at war. Dragons and sphinxes populate the land. Desert kingdoms and forest villages alike are caught up in the political schemes of … wait. Princesses are literally waiting in towers for a prince to rescue them?
Not all of them. A myriad of characters explore a world of fantasy tropes – and smash ’em to bits, one by one.
THE GOOD: I love a good genre-bender! It’s clearly written for a younger audience, but the dialogue is still tight and punchy, and each character has a unique voice that gives the world life. A prankster dragon and shape-shifting wolves keep things from getting too bogged down in the usual “many moons ago in the land of” jargon that tends to infect this kind of setting, too.
The plot never stops moving, and while I found jumping in at volume 7 a little jarring, the action kept me turning pages with excitement rather than trepidation. It’s not an easy task to keep a story flowing without giving a new reader a reason to use Google, but I felt no need to read up on the backstory in the moment. With that said, I’m thoroughly intrigued by all of the characters and where they come from, so I intend to get caught up and keep this one on my list.
Backgrounds and character facial expressions are awesome throughout, and the cartoon-style art is well-balanced with the writing and subject matter.
On a personal level, I can’t get enough of a good reinvention. To me, the meat of a good story is in someone saying “screw the road, let’s go that way”. That’s the best thing about art in general, and comics in particular: we can take these established conventions of mythology, or beauty, or even horror and turn them on their head, make us re-think everything we thought we understood about how it’s all supposed to go. In that vein, Princeless does a fantastic job.
THE BAD: Honestly? The ears! Sometimes they’re pointy, sometimes they’re round. I wouldn’t care if there weren’t elves in the world, but since there are, I spent a good five minutes trying to figure out if some of the characters were human or not – and another five minutes wondering if I’m racist for caring. But hey, the elves and humans are at war, so clearly they care. And I dated an elf in college, so I can’t be racist, right? She wasn’t waiting around for no prince, if you know what I mean.
Oh yeah, this is a comic review. The onomatopoeia got a little wild at times as well, particularly in the desert. I always prefer to let the art do the heavy lifting when it comes to action, rather than distract the eye with clutter. The average reader spends so little time on each frame as it is, so it’s better to keep the focus where it belongs.
4 stars out of 5
Find Princeless at https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00YQDAR7I/ref=dp_st_1632291169
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.