Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and Her All-Girl Pirate Crew – These Ladies Run a Tight Ship!
When I came across Action Lab Entertainment’s comic line-up, my eyes immediately caught the cover of Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and Her All-Girl Pirate Crew. I’ve seen all-female comics and trade paperbacks before but I’ve never seen one with a pirate theme. The story, the artwork and the theme of the book itself were all impressive. Raven is the daughter of a well-know, well-respected and much-feared pirate and was to inherit her father’s ship and fortune. Instead, her brothers undermine her and lock her in a tower until a prince is found for her. Instead of finding her a prince, they take everything she was to inherit. She escapes the tower and is now on a quest to find her brothers and take back what is hers. She assembles an all-female crew and sets sail on high seas adventure.
Jeremy Whitley wrote the story well. He immediately introduces us to Raven and sets us up with a great back story to keep in mind as we continue reading. The story has action, adventure, humor and even magic as new characters are introduced and make their way through the story. Raven’s rag-tag crew includes a pickpocket and bar maiden named Sunshine, an adventure game-playing young woman named Katie and her guild of teammates, and Jayla the rebellious teenage daughter of Cookie, a former shipmate of Raven’s father. This is a tale of female empowerment and independence especially when Raven and Sunshine try to recruit a crew. Instead of able pirates, they get a crowd of sleazy men looking for a good time which they rebuke time and time again.
The artists, Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt, did excellent work on the book as a whole as well as the cover. They made the characters look attractive without having to wear revealing clothes or be suggestive in any way. While they looked attractive, they also looked fierce and determined to set out and complete the quest at hand. The book itself is made of the first three issues of the series. This is a series I suggest reading and would even be good for teenage girls. It has good lessons about growing up, female empowerment and realizing who you are and going for what you want.
Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess
Writer: Jeremy Whitley
Artists: Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artists: Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Appropriate for ages 9 and up
In stores January 13th 2016, call your local comic shop to get yours!