Damsels #4 Review

Is this voyage into these newly defined fairy tales still worth your money and time, or is the magic waning in its fourth outing?  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!

As the twin armies of Perrault and Caumont thunder across the plains, Rapa and Heinrich search for clues to the true identity of Queen Talia in Perrault castle but soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Meanwhile in Villeneuve Queen Belle tries to reason with her husband, the king, as her subjects take matters into their own hands.

Rapa and Heinrich continue to deal with revelations combined with some random and obscure absurdities as this expansive tale continues to grow and evolve.  Dangers in the world increase as armies mount and anything that is different from man is called into question.  It’s complicated to boil down all that happens in this issue but suffice to say the creative team succeeds in offering something that’s engaging.

From mermaids to persecution the many and divergent themes in the latest script by Leah Moore and John Reppion do just enough to keep the tale lively while allowing some solid plot progression.  The authors combine their talents to yield a jaunt that’s mostly coherent save for a few seemingly random devices that on face value appear to be thrown in for nothing more than a knowledgeable nod to fans.  Overall though the romp is sturdily crafted as our amnesia suffering heroine fights against the odds in order to figure out what she should do next.

The series artist, Aneke, continues to offer expertly crafted panels that are filled with unique sensibilities.  The demands of the story call on a wide range of illustrative prowess and the tested talent delivers on almost every level.  From the characters, to the backgrounds and the creatures that populate this land every single one of them is present and accounted for as each pencil stroke elevates the narrative.

Damsels #4 is another good entry that does enough to earn a recommendation.


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