Mega Princess #1
If you thought Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony was cute but too short (as just one volume of a children’s book), then Mega Princess is the perfect miniseries for you! It’ll run five issues, which means I have hope for plenty of twists and then an actual conclusion.
Written by Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms) and illustrated by Brianne Drouhard, it’s the story of ten-year-old Princess Maxine. Her fairy godmother has given her all the powers of all the princesses — which means beauty and grace and a bunch of stuff Maxine isn’t very interested in — but she really wants to be a detective.
She does get the ability to talk to animals, which means she finally gets to find out what her pony Justine is thinking. Turns out Justine is pretty sarcastic and doesn’t think much of Maxine’s self-centeredness. (She also loves quoting The Wizard of Oz, which I found amusing.) The characters are distinctly unusual, the art is fabulously animated in motion and mood, and the whole thing has plenty of humor and heart.
There’s even an adventure to demonstrate bravery, as her adorable baby brother disappears, and Maxine gets a chance to explore her Mega Princess powers and her detective skills on a mission to find him. Lots of fun for imaginative readers of all ages. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)