Jeremy Whitley is back with the characters from his Eisner nominated comic Princeless in this spin off that started from Free Comic Book Day.
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artists: Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt
Publisher – Action Lab
Review by Jeremias de Leon
Like always, or most of the time anyway, Straight Forward Reviews stays spoiler free. But here’s a summary. A new character named Raven gets some backstory to flesh out her character in the present day of the story when she finally meets Adrienne and Bedelia. Things may not be as they seem however with Raven but this first issue is about laying down the groundwork so we won’t find out exactly what’s going on with her until future issues.
Just looking at how well this is written, Jeremy Whitley at this point knows how to write character interactions. Or rather he has refined his ability to do so because he knew how to do it since Princeless debuted. He also knows how to pace a comic and this issue is no exception. The story and action moved along without hanging on too long or going too quick and feeling rushed.
The artists worked to create a feel for this issue like the panels are more than panels and more like screenshots of something in the middle of animation. Each panel is exuding dynamic style. Splash pages are done very well and each of the three splash pages give a very defining shot of Raven and what kind of person she is.
The people behind this comic know how to construct a story that’s very entertaining and that’s suitable for just about anyone kids or adults. Everything in this comic shines from the stylish art, to the awesome fight scenes between Adrienne, Bedelia, Raven and some thugs which look very well choreographed, to the simple yet funny and intriguing way the characters just talk with each other. I give Princeless : The Pirate Princess # 1 a 5 out of 5.