Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess #1 (2015) // Action Lab
Spinning right out of the pages of Princeless, it’s the ongoing adventures of Raven Xingtao, The Pirate Princess. Raven if ready to set off on a quest for revenge against her brothers who have stolen her inheritance.
Story: Jeremy Whitley, art: Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt
Adrienne is a princess who isn’t afraid to ask question. When she is locked away in a tower it’s up to her to set herself free then fight back against her oppressive dad. This amazing story with writing and story by Jeremy Whitley, art from M. Goodwin and Letters by Jung Ha Kim. Each person on the team does a great job at what they are put on the book to do. The art stands out, the colors pop, the writing is so amazing it makes me jealous.
This book has some amazing characters Bedelia, Devin, and most of all Adrienne stand out. Bedelia is the daughter of a blacksmith, half dwarf and half human. She was making skimpy woman armor on the side and it’s a rather funny joke that leads to her creating this amazing set of armor. Devin is the brother to princess Adrienne and he is pretty cool. He is a character who doesn’t want to fall under male gender roles but has to deal with it. Last but not least Adrienne she is this amazingly smart woman. She has always been calling out what’s wrong with the world and refused to accept things for just being the way things are. Adrienne is an amazing role model who isn’t just smart but is also really talented.
What this book really feels like to me is a look at how patriarchal systems or generally oppressive ones seem to affect everyone. Adrienne, Devin, Bedelia, the queen, the prince who tried to rescue Adrienne everyone here is being hurt by the system that the ruler of Ashland is doing nothing to fight against. To him women are just to be controlled and other men are only there to serve his ends. The story’s focus on a princess trying to save her sisters and other princess from being locked up is brilliant. Woman saving woman, woman working together, it’s all really amazing. Volume one only has a few towers visited but each trip Adrienne takes is fantastic.
It all ties up in a fantastic way. There is a backup story at the end featuring a character who tried to save Adrienne showing how the lay of the land had taken away his agency as well. It was also about how a system can break you and change you and I think that was brilliant. This is a book I find hard to not recommend to someone. I guess if you hate fantasy you may not enjoy this book but even then it feels like fantasy light.
So yeah unless you hate fiction books go out and buy Princeless vol 1. i know I’m just waiting for a bit more money so I can get volume 2. While you’re at it you could jump into Raven the pirate princess that’s only two amazing issues in. You can buy it here and then we can talk about it.