Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess' #2 by Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt


★★★★★ (5/5)

After an arduous chase of a thief through the city that left Raven in tough shape she finds respite with old friends as well as the thief herself. 'Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess' #2 picks up where the first issue left off and the result is a miracle of a story that's funny, uproariously subversive and completely enchanting. 

Raven awakens in the care of a friend who served under her dad's command, Cookie, his daughter Jayla and the aforementioned thief Sunshine Alexander. Jeremy Whitley masterfully develops each character through distinctively concise but colorful dialogue that distinguishes the characters easily. The intelligent beyond her years yet feisty Jayla has a cantankerous relationship with her seemingly affable father as young kids often do. Sunshine is full of life, confident and inquisitive. 

Raven reveals her plans to get revenge on her brothers who prevented her from taking her rightful place as the Pirate Princess but instead was imprisoned in a tower on orders by her father. She comes from long a line of matriarchal leaders and has been forced to take up arms against them. First, she has to man her ship with every available scoundrel, plunderer and seafarer she can find. She recruits at the local bar to interview the men with incredible results. (Or if you're a woman on the internet just a typical Tuesday.)

The montage of interviews is one of the most subversively hilarious condemnations of "men's rights" and online sexism through the lens of pirate tropes is ingenious and inspired. It takes the storytelling to an entire new level of comedy and plotting while cleverly mocking the ills of today. 

Eventually, Raven finds a tall noble woman willing to fight for injustice as a pirate who coincidentally resembles  Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones. She's just what she was looking for and isn't afraid to toss a chair in a bar to clear the room. And a satisfying brawl begins with the quick-witted Jay putting an end to the shenanigans with her "witchcraft."

Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt create such a warm and inviting landscape of characters and scenes that the action is served well and the facial expressions tell their own story. They compliment the story so well by emphasizing the emotions in each character's face and body language. The colors are subtle but effective in setting a mood - a bright sunny morning, a dimly lit greasy dive bar. 

'Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess' #2 has everything you expect in a pirate adventure and much, much more. It's funny and exciting with characters you instantly care about and get intelligent satire as a bonus. The wondrous thing is the book truly is an "all-ages" story that can be enjoyed from 8 to 80 years old. It transcends genres while introducing characters of color matter of factly. It is a world, even a fantasy world, as the world looks now. Full of different people with amazing stories to tell. This is one of those amazing stories that must be read. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

REVIEW: 'Death or Glory' #2 by Rick Remender and Bengal

After a raucous debut, 'Death and Glory' takes a weird turn. Like a really weird turn. Imagine David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino had a baby and out came out issue two of this new series from Rick Remender and Bengal. The question is is that a good or bad thing?


DEATH OR GLORY #2  
Writer: Rick Remender Artist: Bengal Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: June 6, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
With a botched heist job, a bullet in her side, and all her money gone, Glory wrestles with what to do next. The cargo her ex-husband was trafficking wasn't drugs but people and after putting them all safely on a bus to Arizona, she's broke and being attended to by one of the Brazilians that stayed behind. Her scheme was pretty straight-forward - rob the money that the dirty sheriff was going to transport and use it for her dad's surgery. Easy peasy. Then it all went to hell as the sheriff recognized her, she dropped the money, and now no one is happy, not the sheri…

PREVIEW: 'Red Sonja' #22 by Amy Chu, Erik Burnham, and Carlos Gomez

It’s the final battle against the forces of Sandak, the usurper of Skath’s castle! Lera’s secret is revealed to Sonja! Can the warrior Skath find redemption? Will the dark power of Kulan Gath’s amulet influence our heroes? And how does Sonja best a SHARK? Find out in the last chapter of THE BLADE OF SKATH!


Red Sonja #22
writers: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham  |  artist: Carlos Gomez covers: Dave Bullock (A), Tom Grummet (B),  Tom Mandrake (C), Reilly Brown (D), Cosplay Cover (E-Sub)Dave Bullock (RI-Virgin), Tom Grummet (RI-B/W),  Tom Mandrake (RI-BW), Cosplay (RI-Virg)
In Stores 10/17/2018
FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |   Teen+  










Wanted: Tall, Physical, Twenty-something Woman for 'Man of Steel 2'

Is Love in the Air for Batman?
I love the smell of new Batman/Superman movie rumors in the morning. The latest comes from El Mayimbe at Latino Review that presumes that Batman is getting a love interest based on the casting breakdown being circulated to talent agencies for the Man of Steel sequel. 
They’re looking for someone in their late 20s and are open to all ethnicities... But wait there is more. They’re not only looking for a good actress (like duh), but they’re being very specific and looking for an actress who is both tall and possesses physicality. Interesting. Tall. Physicality. Ben Affleck is after all 6’4″ and it would look awkward if they pair him up with someone who is 5’2″. When I think of tall actresses, I think of amazons like Charlize Theron who is 5’10″ and current it girl of the moment Adrianne Palicki who is 5’11″. It's difficult to say for what role this is for but certainly sounds like it'll involve action so it could be a girlfriend who also happens to b…