Damsels #2 Review

Is this fantasy series strong enough to attract wayward comic book readers?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

From the tales of Cinderalla, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Snow White comes Damsels!

In Caumont – Castle King Persine and Queen Rapunzel are still reeling from the discovery of a mysterious spy in their midst. The loyal subjects of Caumont must be made aware of the sinister magical threat before it’s too late! Meanwhile, having made her escape from Caumont via the River Esk, Rapa is still struggling to make sense of her situation. Can she really trust the amphibian girl who saved her life, or is she even more confused than Rapa herself?

When I opened this comic book to begin my review, I can honestly say I didn’t really know what to expect from this second outing.  Would it maintain the quality of the first issue or would it start to falter?  Thankfully it does neither as it forges ahead tilling it’s own ground as the narrative scope of this series matures and expands.

Leah Moore and John Reppion give readers a script that’s just rich with intrigue and strong plot developmental   The characters start to get some attention as the scope and dynamics of this fantastical little jaunt come into play.  Yes, this is a romp centering around princesses, but with the second issue in it’s easy to say that it’s much more than that.  We have reinterpretations of these classic fairy tales accompanied by a sturdy sense of self, conveyed by the sturdy writing prowess of the two series authors.

Aneke once again handles the art, turning in some solid work.  The pencil strokes yield a detailed world that offers some exceptionally designed panels, that are chock-full of interesting locals and very stylish characters.  There were a few moments however where details get lost in the fray, giving the book a slightly rushed feel at a few minor scenes.

Damsels #2 is a very good comic book that’s easily worthy of your time, as it gives just enough originality to attract eager readers looking for an engaging adventure.  Recommended.


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