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Book One, Save Yourself

Whitley, Jeremy

Paperback - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Follow the adventures of Princess Adrienne, a princess who's tired of waiting to be rescued. Along with her guardian dragon, Sparky, they begin their own quest in an all-ages action adventure designed specifically for those who are tired of waiting to be rescued -- and who are ready to save themselves.

Publisher: [USA] : Action Lab Comics, 2012.
ISBN: 9781450798945
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Goodwin, M
Kim, Jung-Ha
Dwonch, Dave


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Disney leaving you a little short on Black princesses? Try Princeless, the story of Princess Adrienne, one princess who’s tired of waiting to be rescued. Join Adrienne and her guardian dragon, Sparky, as they begin their own quest in an adventure designed for those who are tired of waiting to be... Read More »

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Jan 16, 2015
  • Nakkid rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The front cover of the comic book says this is a story Disney should have been telling for the last 20 years, and I wholeheartedly agree! This comic is by far one of the best things ever created, in my opinion! It's so smart, so adventurous, and so humorous, while keeping a great fantasy plot and original story. And the best part? The main characters are tough, tomboy, no-nonsense girls! That's right, female butt-kicking power! I adore Adrienne, she's so cool, and I love how she's strong and independent and willing to speak her mind. This is definitely the kind of story I'd recommend for anyone to read, it's just pure awesomeness.

Jun 14, 2014
  • BrooklynShoeBabe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I bought this book for my 7 year-old, who is a voracious reader and a bit of an artistic tom boy. (I call her Sporty Spice.) She LOVED the story, the humor, the adventure and now wants to draw comic books.

Feb 22, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Adrienne's quest to save her sisters begins. With trusty dragon Sparky, and quirky dwarven smith Bedelia, she sets out for her prettiest sister. But saving a princess is never easy, and in this case, not because of the usual reasons.

Angelica has become an inspiration for artists everywhere, and she has no reason to leave her cushy life behind. She in particular represents the fairytale princess traits to the extreme. She is the most beautiful, the most sought after, and thrice-over cursed...on purpose.

Scenes switch between our heroes and that of the king. The father of the princesses gets this attention to further explain his motives for not only locking up his daughters in towers, but why he unleashes his knights as well.

At Angelica's tower, trouble finds Addrienne in the form of the first knight, and a guardian beast of goo. For one young girl, these are too tough to handle alone. She may be skilled and brave, but it is her admirable willingness to ask for help that brings her success.

The art, especially in these action moments, is a bit inconsistent, however it still matches the text in hilarity, using comedic facial exaggeration, and slapstick.

Whitley continues to parody the normal conventions of the princess tale, in turn creating a funny, heroic quest, and an independent, female lead that will appeal to all ages.


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