Princeless Vol 2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley
Art: Emily Martin
This volume told a lot more story and build a lot more threads of characterization and subplot than the first volume, but it also meant, it was more a fractured storyline. Princeless is still very entertaining and definitely ahead of many other comics in how it looks at gender and racial stereotypes. For sure, I’ll be picking up the next volumes.
In this volume, we meet Adrienne’s older sister Angelica. Angelica seems to love being a princess and having everyone adore her. In fact, a whole cottage industry of adoration of Angelica has sprung up around the tower Angelica was supposedly imprisoned in.
With Angelica, Whitley plays with the idea of the princess whose great beauty draws a crowd. And one who likes being a great beauty and her royal title. We see Adrienne’s idea about who her sister is — a damsel in distress who can’t see the patriarchy keeping her down — disappear over the storyline. For Angelica is fit to be a royal ruler and a queen, but it is Adrienne’s own supposed heroics that bring those qualities out. Continue reading “Princeless Vol 2: Get Over Yourself Graphic Novel Review”
Princeless Vol 1 by Jeremy Whitley
Art: M. Goodwin
I meant to read this comic book a very long time ago. It’s very good. So part of me is very disappointed that past me didn’t read it, and part of me is just very happy that I finally read it. (Thanks, ladies comic book reading club at the Comics Dungeon! PS: lady readers, if you’re in Seattle, you should join us.)
Princeless is one of those all-ages stories where the kids, parents, and childless adults all get something out of the story. And what we get may vary a little, but it’s still great. I knew going in that Princeless concept was to tell a different story about a princess. But Whitley is smart about his decisions from not making the book overly preachy to not making Adrienne, our princess in question, the only type of strong lady-type character presented. You can tell Whitley wrote this entire book out of love for his daughter and wanting her to see herself, a young black girl, on the page. Even if he didn’t say this in blurbs about it, the love he has for the story shines through on each page. Which makes this book impossible not to love in return.
Our setup is Adrienne’s mother, the queen, reading her a stereotypically fairy tale; one where the very blonde, very skinny princess is rescued by a prince from a dragon. Our first understanding of Adrienne’s point-of-view about this whole princess industry is her complaining about plot holes and other issues with the trope. Continue reading “Princeless Vol 1 Graphic Novel Review”