Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Writers: Leah Moore & John Reppion
Release Date: 27th November 2013
As a series overview, Damsels is a dynamic take on the heroines of many famous fairy-tales. Unlike the Disney classics, these princesses are headstrong, sassy and you’d be hard pressed to find a ballroom gown between any of them.
Issue 11 is the third part of Damsel’s second story arc, and mostly acts as a propeller for the characters towards where the story is ultimately going. It follows two separate tales, that of the new queen, Rapunzel, and the newly awoken Queen Talia.
Both fuelled by guilt, Rapunzel is fleeing her new life and has picked up some travelling companions who believe her to be a hero. Talia, on the other hand, is returning to her home town, after leaving her people to the perils of a witch.
In this issue we see both parties diffuse some pretty minor situations (a child stealing piper for one and a giant tree man for another), but in terms of quest progress, nothing particularly crucial happens. We are, however, introduced to what appears to be our main antagonist for this arc, and the reader is given some insight into how her wicked ways will connect Rapunzel and Talia’s paths.
The plot seems a little sporadic in places, and all the jumping around can be a little confusing, especially if you’re only recently jumping into the series. Having said that, there is a path being laid out for the reader, so all the complicated bits will (presumably) be cleared up as the arc progresses.
As far as durability goes, it’s still a little soon to say whether Damsels will hold up against other titles in this well used genre. For those fretting over the end of Fables, it’s worth picking up. There’s no comparison at the moment, but for me, this staple has potential to build into something just as distinguished and enjoyed.
The writer of this piece was: LJ Ross