Damsels #8 Review

Are fans ready for a turning point in this compelling fairy tale yarn?  Read on to find out. 

The official description from Dynamite:

From the tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White comes Damsels! The kingdom is being overrun, and the Enchanted Forest is under attack. Will Queen Belle finally win her king’s heart? Can Rapa break the enchantments over herself and the entire realm? Or will the Chamber of Dreams become the Chamber of Nightmares?

For any comic fans out there I’m willing to bet that we all began our literary adventures with old school stories that centered around characters such as these.  Personally I’m glad they’re still around and that so many different creators have their own unique spin on their lives.  This latest burgeoning franchise is yet another example of that and trust me it’s worth your time.

Leah Moore and John Reppion work together to bring this arc to a fitting conclusion and the results are good.  For the most the same problems that have plagued the franchise continue in earnest here but things are improving as the two authors get into their groove.  I found the dialogue in particular to be a tad bit over inflated but more often than not the core felt genuine as some solid twists and turns gave way to a satisfying finish.  Not to mention some well deserved plot strings that still linger and need to be resolved.

In this issue the art by Aneke has reached a whole new level of quality as the talent crafts some beautifully realized panels.  The individual characters and the scope of this yarn call for an extra amount of car as armies clash and lovers reunite.  There were many instances where I felt like there could have been a bit more detail but truth be told that’s a minor gripe when considering the entire body of work on display.

Damsels #8 is a book that represents the culmination of the best parts of this series.  There were some off moments but the package as a whole was very good.  Recommended.

4/5

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