I was on my lunch break from the day job late last year when I first picked up Princeless at a comic shop near my work. I didn’t know anything about the book, creative team, or publisher at all prior to that day—at most I had heard some negligible rumblings about the title on the internet somewhere, maybe Twitter—but when I saw it on the shelf in front of me, I figured I may as well give it a quick flick.
That flick turned into reading about half the issue off the shelf, and I had such a smile on my face and was laughing so much in the middle of the store that I knew I had to just buy the comic. That was $3.99 I did not plan on spending that day, on a completely unheard of book—not my usual purchasing style. In retrospect, I’m so very glad I did buy it, because I enjoyed the book so much that I wound up writing a short review of it on this blog … and that minor but emphatic little review was somehow, to my incredible surprise, discovered by Jeremy Whitley, the writer of Princeless, who contacted me with his thanks. Later on, when I found myself struggling to find the remaining issues of Princeless (low awareness of the title meant low order numbers, meant zero shelf copies for me to grab), I still had a way to read it through Jeremy. I did eventually get my hands on hard copies of each issue (thank you to the friendly staff at New England Comics), and when the mini was over, I had a timer set for when the next volume and continuation of the story would arrive.
That next volume is finally here, and I was all too happy to find my review copy patiently waiting for me in my inbox.
The first thing I noticed about volume 2 is that the series has a new artist. Where M. Goodwin held art duties for the first iteration of the series, here we have Emily C. Martin illustrating Adrienne, Bedelia, Sparky, and the rest of the cast upon their return. Martin definitely has her own style—I noticed the art was different before looking at the title page—but it blends in really well to what came before. It’s not a drastic shift in art by any means. One of my pet peeves when it comes to comics, but something that comes with the territory, is when a fill-in artist’s style is so radically different from the main art you’ve settled into on a book. It can be jarring. This isn’t the case here—the change is subtle, and that same great expression and color that we got with the first volume is still intact.
The story picks up more or less right where it left off, with Princess Adrienne & Co. on the run, except that we now learn Adrienne’s father has recruited quite a … let’s call them “eclectic” band of men to hunt down what he sees as his daughter’s attempted killer. The prize for whoever captures this fiend’s head, of course, is the hand in marriage of any of the King’s daughters. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Adrienne’s brother Devin overhears his father’s proposal and pleads with his mother to put a stop to it all. Her reaction is not what you would expect … or, then again, maybe it is exactly that. I’m not sold on what’s really happening here, and I’ll let you read the scene for yourself to see what I mean.
The best parts of the issue, unsurprisingly, are the scenes with Adrienne and Bedelia, and I was pleased to see this issue continue the same level of humor and satire as in the previous volume. We’re also introduced to a handful of new characters, not the least of which occurs on the final page of the issue. I can’t wait to see where it goes, because I’m betting it’s going to be hilarious. Sometimes when I’m reading this title, I forget that it’s an all-ages book and really meant for a younger audience, because there’s still so much here to play with as an adult. It’s pure fun.
Princeless volume 2, #1 is available for pre-order from Previews, so if you’re interested in checking this out, it’s really important that you take a moment to order it with your LCS. I’m guessing it will likely be available on Comixology as well. Great independents like this absolutely need our support. Remember the feeling of utter exhaustion and cynicism you felt after putting down an issue of Marvel/DC’s 698th Event this year? Remember that feeling? Yeah—Princeless won’t give you that.
Action Lab Entertianment is proud to present the return of 2012 Glyph Winner for Best Heroine, Princess Adrienne! Last year’s breakout all-ages hit, Princeless is finally making its way back into your comic shops and this time it’s bringing more action, more adventure, and a rogue’s gallery of deadly bounty hunters with their sights set on Adrienne and her new friend Bedelia!
Having saved herself from her own tower, Adrienne is now out to save her sisters, starting with her sister Angelica, the most beautiful girl in the whole kingdom. However, Adrienne is about to learn that rescuing princesses is not as easy as she’s always believed and that not everybody has the same ideas about what it means to be saved as she does!
Princeless Volume 1 was nominated for two Eisner awards including “Best Series for Ages 8-12″ and “Best Single Issue.” It also won the Glyph Awards for “Best Heroine,” “Best Writer,” and “Best Story.” It has been nominated for a number of other awards and is one of the best reviewed books of 2011-2012.
Join Writer Jeremy Whitley and Illustrator Emily C. Martin for a second wild ride with the princess who saved herself and pre-order “Princeless Volume 2, Issue 1″ from Diamond today! Order code: STK522144