Exclusive Preview of Princeless, Due in October — Recommended!

Princeless is a new four-issue miniseries that I’m quite taken with. The first issue is available for order now from Action Lab Entertainment, Diamond code AUG11 0748, $3.99 US. Written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn and colored by M. Goodwin, it will be available in stores in October.

As you can read in this four-page preview of the book’s opening pages, it’s a funny revamp take on the traditional fairytale story. Princess Adrienne is full of energy and will, so when her parents lock her in a tower, she’s determined to rescue herself. (Click for bigger versions.)

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There’s more to sample at the publisher’s website, where you can see Adrienne tell off one of her idiot suitors and hatch her plan to escape with the aid of Sparky, her dragon. Future issues will show Adrienne rescuing her older sisters, who’ve been treated the same way. Here are the covers for issues 2, 3, and 4.

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I loved the attitudes and humor of the book, and the strength of Adrienne’s character. With such works as Tangled and Castle Waiting out there, I was concerned that it would difficult to come up with another modern take on the idea of the fairy tale princess, but Whitley and Goodwin have done it! Sequential Tart thinks so, too, praising the book for both its social activism and its delightful illustrations.

If this does well, there are plans for a followup miniseries, and I hope, a collected edition, because this is the sort of book that should be in libraries and homes, fondly re-read every so often. If you’d like to check it out, be sure to let your comic retailer know to order it.

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10 Responses to “Exclusive Preview of Princeless, Due in October — Recommended!”

  1. Kat Kan Says:

    As a school librarian, I definitely want to see a collection of this miniseries! I’ll definitely be pre-ordering it for myself, and to test it with my students. I’m always on the lookout for great comics that kids can enjoy, and especially that feature girls who DO things.

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  7. Brian Saner Lamken Says:

    Wow! I just clicked over here from your review of #2 and can’t believe how vibrant the colors on those sample pages are. Of course the computer screen brightens things up, but like I said in my comment on that post I was disappointed by the muddy printing and dark coloring; I had no idea there was pink in the book. I still recommend #1, and based on that the rest of the miniseries, but I sure hope that the collected edition will be brighter.

  8. Johanna Says:

    It is difficult, especially for young publishers, I think, to judge paper look based on seeing on-screen (and vice versa). I haven’t actually seen Princeless in print, so I’m sorry to hear the printing wasn’t as good as hoped.

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