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Princeless Vol. 1

Collecting the first volume of the sprawling fantasy adventure series by Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin. Join Princess Adrienne, her guardian dragon Sparky and a rough and tough sidekick named Bedelia, as they begin their own quest for adventure designed specifically for those who are tired of waiting to be rescued, and who are ready to save themselves.>

The Good
It’s always such a pleasure to read books that are as well done as Princeless, and I’m glad I had this chance. The writing is excellent throughout every issue, strongly backed by the equally good artwork.  I really appreciated the humor prevalent throughout the story.  All this combined with wonderful characters that you connect with instantly equal a fantastic book.

The Bad
Really, the only bad thing is that I didn’t read t...

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Sanctuary #2

The second issue of Stephen Coughlin’s new digital comic book series Sanctuary drives us deeper into mysteries and questions. The death of one of the research stations inhabitants opens up an investigation from both the human and animal inhabitants of the island.

The Good
It’s always great to see a follow up issue explode off the page, and Sanctuary 2 does just that. The story definitely took a turn I was not at all ready for, but that drastic twist is quite interesting. Character development was strong as well, giving us a lot more interaction with the animals.

The Bad
The one little thing I didn’t care for so much was the small romantic piece with some of the human characters, mostly as I thought it detracted from the main focus on the animals.

The Summary
The book opened up exactly...

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Fairy Tale Knights #1

The world we know only in fairy tales may not be as fictional as we thought.  This world is now in peril, as a mysterious force threatens to destroy all they know.  A warrior is called to find out why inhabitants there are dying, and who is behind it all.

The Good
The prelude really caught my interest, and the first full issue did not disappoint either.  The initial story within Fairy Tale Knights 1 starts off strong, and has a lot of potential for those that follow. I’m still enjoying the style of art that was introduced in the teaser and continue to think it works quite well.

The Bad
I did find myself having some trouble in a certain section absent of words, feeling a little lost as to what exactly was going on...

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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is given a fresh twist—with a female Scrooge! Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess) adapts and illustrates this story of the miserly Eliza Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of the past, present, and future on one fateful Christmas eve.

The Good
Out of all the Xmas classics, A Christmas Carol has always been my favorite, and The Night That Changed the Life of Eliza Scrooge is a great variation.  The story is very well paced and does a wonderful job of including all the key points you’d expect to see.  I really felt that everything which needed to be included to make this a good adaptation was there.

The Bad
All in all I really could not find anything that I wasn’t pleased with in this book.

The Summary
Anyone that enjoys ...

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Sanctuary #1

The arrival of a panda bear at an island research/game reserve threatens to change life for both the animals and the researchers living there.

The Good
I had no idea what to expect from this story about wild animals, but was very pleasantly surprised. It was a lot fun following all of the Sanctuary characters introduced in the first book.  I also really liked howthe animals were designed and the art was nice and clean.

The Bad
I’d love to have seen a book like this in color, but I enjoyed it regardless of that minor detail.

The Summary
This story about the inhabitants of an animal reserve certainly gives us something very interesting to read. The topic itself is also one of its strengths in that pretty much anyone could get into this series...

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