Damsels #5 Review

Do you think you’re ready for another adventure featuring fairy tale characters? 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!

Transported magically to the northern Enchanted Forest, Rapa and Heinrich find themselves under the protection of an axe-wielding woods-woman. Out on the desolate Myvathen Mire our little mermaid seizes the chance to confess all to her beloved prince. King Oberon welcomes new recruits to his faerie army as the secret of what lies at the heart of the Enchanted forest, and what is at stake in the war to come, is revealed.

The latest romp in this gender specific fantasy yarn continues to do what the previous releases have done before it, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  As the creative team spins their saga they offer up corny moments, endearing ones and on occasion some much needed humor to yield that right amount of spark to simply makes this outlandish affair work.

Leah Moore and John Reppion once again work together in order to tackle script writing duties for their shared comic book and the duo does a fantastic job continuing to give context to the world and the characters therein.  They bookend it with the right amount of nighttime story references but they waste no time offering their own interpretations on ancient folklore.  There were several moments where the dialogue itself felt overly inflated and clunky, which in turn bogged down the pace of an engaging jaunt.

The art by Aneke continues to be an area where this title excels.  The stylized vision and steady hand of the talent conveys a believable world with some characters and concepts that by their very nature should not be taken seriously.  But somehow, be it the sturdy panel layouts or the simplistically realized characters it somehow works and as everything comes together the end results are quite impressive.

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Damsels #5 is another solid entry in this series, and even though it may linger a bit on some corny moments it still earns a recommendation.


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