Behold, another brand new franchise launches. But does it deserve a spot on your pull-list? Read on to find out.
The official description from Aspen:
Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.
In the land of the Five Realms, the existence of men has long since been evaporated from the hearts and minds of women. Princess Bethany–ruler of Evanfar, the largest and most prominent kingdom, finds herself at the center of a vast conspiracy that could not only threaten her kingdom—but also her life! Journey to a place where magic is abundant, unicorns and ferrets can command armies, and five women struggle to find balance—and power–in an ever-changing fairy tale world!
Hello Damsels in Excess, it’s great to finally see you in my review pile! Ever since this particular title got announced I’ve been eager to peel back its pages and dive into the fantastical world it was bound to deliver. And I’m happy to report to my fellow fanboys and fangirls that this opening issue did not disappoint.
Vince Hernandez starts this five part arc in the right way, with a script that’s a bit thick but never uninteresting. From the first page to the final panel the scribe flexes his literary muscles as each sentence builds up the lore surrounding the fall of mankind. His text carried a few twists as it harbored personality and enough substance to garner attention. The author gives this tale a reality wrapped up in some bizarre circumstances and minus a few long winded conversations it entertains.
Add in the illustrations by Mirka Andolfo and there’s no doubt that from the unicorns to the fives princesses that this artist was up to this task. Each panel is lavished with detail and delicate curves that inform a narrative based in a world where women stand as the sole gender. And as the colors wash over the pencil strokes I have no complaints about the visual component, just admiration.
Damsels in Excess #1 is a rock solid start to something that feels worthwhile. It’s a compelling beginning with a turn that earns it a recommendation from me.