Princeless Vol. 1: Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Published by Action Lab Entertainment on April 1, 2014
Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Childrens, Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 128 Format: Hardcover Source: Library
Chosen to be honored as an Amelia Bloomer Project title, through the ALA. Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! Come join the Eisner-nominated team of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is the action/adventure for the girl who’s tired of waiting to be rescued and ready to save herself!
As the Comics Alliance quote says on the front, Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by M. Goodwin, is the story Disney should’ve been telling for the past twenty years. Done are the days of waiting to be rescued by a gallant knight, the princess can rescue herself and everyone else for that matter. This comic is a complete take down of societies harmful stereotypes and flips them every which way. It’s a must read!
Princess Adrienne knows from a young age that the stories we’ve been told are completely unrealistic. A dragon dying with one fatal blow, an impossibly high tower to climb, and two people falling in love upon their first meeting are only some of the issues she calls out. Yet under her parents care she still ends up in that tower, angry and bored, and the discovery of a sword gives her the inspiration to do something about it.
This comic has such a diverse grouping of characters: fierce Adrienne making her own way, her twin brother Devin supporting in the shadows, the brilliant blacksmith Bedelia creating armor. They are all so different and yet inspiring in their own right. Even Sparks the Dragon proves to be a force though the king chose it to fail.
Princeless Vol. 1: Save Yourself is a brilliant feminist tale that inspires young and old to be anything they want to be. Whether it be a princess on a quest, a young blacksmith looking for adventure, or a prince who doesn’t want to wield a weapon, this comic is breaking the mold. It was such a refreshing, funny read that I’m excited to pick up the next volumes. Everyone needs to read this series, so go check them out!
So, have you picked up Princeless yet? Intrigued? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!