Damsels is a Dynamite comic featuring women in fairy tales being awesome.
Seriously—whether they’re evil and plotty, amnesiac and running, or fugitive and fighting, they are awesome. The guys? Meh. One is duped. One is bedridden. Another is a lusting luxury-glutton who may or may not be in on ‘it’—whatever ‘it’ may be. (Slow unwind of evil motives). Another was transformed into a frog.
The women are fantastic. The story is moving at an okay clip for this being issue 3. Fairy tales are woven in in fun ways (for example, a blending of the 12 Dancing Princesses and The Frog Prince).
The interior artwork is great. Detailed without being busy with good coloring.
The covers, though. Oh, ick, the covers.
The covers are all skimpy clothes, well defined T&A (even the mermaid has buttocks), erect nipples, and provocative poses. Basically, nothing at all like the stories or interior art. This is v. irritating.
Let me pull you an example. In issue #2, the girls hide out in a cave in their underthings while their clothing dries. The cover references this with the main character being shown in her underthings. Please compare that to an actual page from the comic.
See the difference? It’s subtle, I admit.
I am so looking forward to this title getting a different cover artist. The pin-up style isn’t at all a fair representation of what the comic is actually about. (Maybe I’m just still too new to comics that this bothers me…).
Anyway, covers aside, this is a fun comic with interesting worldbuilding and a growing plot. I rec it, especially if you enjoy fairy tales.
(So, Damsels is an ongoing comic by Leah Moore and John Reppion with art by Aneke. The story centers around a young woman (Rapa) with long, red dreads and little memory about her past. She has tattoos she cannot explain up and down her arms. In the first issue, Rapa’s day simply gets progressively worse. Meanwhile, a king and queen from a nearby kingdom are visiting. The two queens are clearly plotting something. The basically peaceful city shown in issue #1 becomes a battlefield by issue #3 as a result of the queens’ meddling. The queens (and their other sister(s)) are plotting. Rapa is lost, in trouble, and slowly uncovering the truth. The kingdoms are verging onto war. Even the artist are designing war machines. This is a time of change and Rapa is right in the middle of it. Good pacing. Fun world-building. Worth reading).