First off, remember that time I lied to you all and said my first review would be on The Walking Dead and instead I did a review on We Stand on Guard? Well, I am doing it again. At the end of my last review I said my next review would be on Secret Wars: Civil War #1; however, we have been given an opportunity to to review a comic prior to it’s release! So with out further adieu I present to you Newb to Nerd Comic Reviews #2: Princeless: Be Yourself #2!
This review may contain spoilers!
Princeless: Be Yourself #2
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artist: Emily Martin
Colorist: Brett Grunig
Hello again everyone! I am lucky enough to have receive an early copy of Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless: Be Yourself #2 for review. I must be honest, I have never read any of the previous Princeless titles so I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to write a proper review without back info. I did make the effort to go get issue #1 of Book 4 so that I would not be lost as far as this specific series is concerned. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to catch right on to the new story without being confused at all. Whitley does an excellent job ensuring new readers can jump in at any book without having to back read the previous releases. Since we haven’t had a chance to review #1 I want to touch on that real quick before we jump into issue #2. Book 4 starts off with two female leads, who I can only assume have been big players in previous books, riding their giant pink dragon Sparky. Adrienne, a princess and the stronger of the two, states that they are off to save her sister who is locked in a tower in Grimmorium Swamp. Bedelia, the other gal, is quick to warn about the flesh eating goblins and squirrels running around in the swamp. We are then introduced to Devin, a young prince and Adrienne’s brother, who would rather spend his time sewing clothes than training to be a warrior. It becomes quite clear why this book is entitled Be Yourself when Devin’s father, the king, is outraged to see his son sewing dresses. The king takes Devin to the site of charred carriage where, with the help of the local werewolves, they learn that the queen has been kidnapped. The story switched back and forth between the two main stories, typically two pages of each before switching to the other. Issue #1 ends with our two female heroes tied up by flesh eating goblins preparing for a “massacre.” Their dragon Sparky is missing somewhere in the swamp, and Devin has decided to go on a quest to find his missing mother.
Issue #2 doesn’t skip a beat, taking off exactly where #1 left off. We quickly learn the intentions of the “flesh-eating goblins” of Grimmorium swamp, which leads our two female heroes in to a seemingly impossible battle for their lives. The series of events that our two heroines go through is quite entertaining, and I couldn’t help but read faster as their story continued. Devin’s events in issue #2 were not quite as engaging as those of Adrienne and Bedelia though. Throughout the majority of Devin’s portion of issue #2 he and a young female werewolf, Kira, bicker with each other about what makes a prince a prince. As much as Whitley kept my interest on both of the story lines in issue #1, I found myself relieved each time the book transitioned back to Adrienne and Bedelia in issue #2. I wouldn’t say it ruins the story over all though, I just hope to see more action for Devin and Kira moving forward. By the end of the issue you will witness the outcome of our heroine’s epic battle, you will see the return of Sparky, you will meet a very…interesting…horse, and you will learn that the King of Ashland has more plans for Devin then just training him to be a worthy future King.
Even though the story of Devin was a tad dry this issue, Adrienne and Bedelia had enough adventure to make up for. Whitley does an excellent job of moving his story along and keeping the reader wanting more. Though I have only read two issues of Princeless I am convinced Jeremy Whitley is the king of family friendly cliff hangers. At the end of issue #1 I was eager to begin my adventure into issue #2, only to be left wanting more of Adrienne and Bedelia when I had finished. I would say Princeless is definitely targeted at a audience consisting of females and younger readers; however, Whitley’s writing is so well done that I think anyone would get a kick out of reading his story. The dialogue between characters flows naturally and never feels awkward or out of place, which is something I have come to appreciate in the comics that I read. After reading Princeless it is no surprise to me that Whitley has received the Glyph Award thrice, as well as having been nominated for two Eisner awards.
The artwork of Emily Martin fits in well with Whitley’s story. Though there is not a lot of detail, or extravagant full page spreads, Martin’s drawings are exactly what a story like this needs. Her drawings are simple and cartoony which is perfect for the audience I feel this comic is trying to reach. Though I would love to say I was blown away by the artwork in this comic, I cannot. I don’t want that to take away from the skill of Martin and the effort she puts into this book, however. I have a good feeling this is exactly how they want their story to look and I don’t think they, or their readers, would have it any other way.
Even if this story is not catered to the demographic that consists of a 26 year old male who enjoys zombies, superheros, and playing hockey I think I am going to give this story a chance to develop by picking up the next few issues as they release. If nothing else this will be a great comic to trick…err…get my daughter into comic books when she is at that age.
In all honesty if you enjoy family-friendly medieval comedies with strong female leads then this is right up your alley and I suggest you go get yourself issue #1 because #2 is slated to come out Wednesday July 29th! If you are already a fan of Princeless then make sure you have issue #2 on your pull list because the 29th is gonna sneak up quick and you don’t want to miss out on this one!