Damsels #12 Review

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After twelve issue is this fantastical journey losing some forward momentum? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

As her sister witch-queens squabble, the loathsome Carabosse’s quest for beauty sets her on the trail of the fairest damsel in the land. Meanwhile, deep beneath the ocean, the ancient and heartless Sea-Witch’s conceit renders her blind to the threat she has welcomed into her midst. And in the lush green foothills nearby, Rapa and her noble band suffer the bitter taste of heroism.

Damsels 12_CLet me be frank: I’ve enjoyed this series right from the first issue onward but this latest entry is not a high point for the franchise. A lot of things happen within the confines of its pages but as it sets the stage for next month’s #13, I’m left a tad bit underwhelmed but still enthused enough to see where this goes with its final pivotal moments.

Leah Moore and John Reppion combine to move their odyssey forward but I have to admit I’m starting to feel fatigued. There’s an overabundance of text that hampers momentum but the players found within this jaunt are still undeniably likable. I find myself irresistibly compelled to find out how their stories will go but I felt like it’s taken too long to reach the cliffhanger we get when this particular release wraps. Still, there’s adequate good to get me to come back just to see how it all turns out.

The art by Aneke is smooth to look at from the first page to the final panel. Each character gets a proper amount of attention and just enough detail to make their circumstances visually engaging. That said there were some renditions that I just did not find to my liking, but still these are minor in comparison to the body of work on display. This illustrator has done a tremendous job with the book and I can’t wait to see what happens next month.

Damsels #12 does not fail by any stretch of the imagination. But it does stumble quite a bit as it earns a modest recommendation from me.

3/5

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