Advance Review: PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS YEAR 2 #1

PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS YEAR 2 #1
Written by Jeremy Whitley
Art by Xenia Pamfil
Published by Action Lab Entertainment
Release Date: October 18, 2017

There are three things that I want to tell you about this comic. First, it’s amazing and you need to go read it immediately. Second, that this issue empowers women, as it is literally filled with women and nothing else. Third, In this one issue, I felt represented, in several ways. This comic includes an all female crew, with various sexual orientations and varying representations. When I tell you to go read this comic, run, don’t walk to your nearest shop and pick it up, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Raven, is a pirate princess with her own ship and her own crew, who are all female and queer I may add, what more could you ask for? The crew is preparing to have a potluck, a delicious meal that each and every pirate contributed to. After defeating a small fire in the kitchen, it looks like it may go off without a hitch.

You quickly learn who are established couples and who you want to be. It’s just a fun and interesting read. The inclusivity in this issue is fantastic, with Gone feeling like great representation for me. A black queer pirate, with siblings and ideas of grandeur and wanderlust. It was like looking in a mirror.

This particular issue was a good introduction of the characters. Jeremy Whitley showed you bits and pieces of the characters and how they interact with each other. The entire tone of the writing was reminiscent of a conversation with a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation about siblings and their unique approach to characters that are using sign language.

Xenia Pamfil’s art made me feel happy, and was very clean with nice lines and bright colors. The color palette was bright, warm, and real, and the design of each character was different. I was able to easily tell the difference between three Black characters presented in the story, which honestly made me feel good.

Overall, I think the art helped the story along.  I hadn’t heard of the title before and I was new to the story, so the design of the characters — along with the colors — helped tell you where they were and what they did. The body language was very relaxed and casual, so it definitely read like a group of people who are comfortable with each other, like friends or family.

The issue ends much too soon for my liking with an awesome dance party and a tug at my heartstrings. This title is available for preorder, so tell your comic shop so you don’t miss out. I’m definitely interested in reading the rest of the series.

The Verdict: 8.0/10

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