The GeeksverseDamsels #1

Damsels #1
Published on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by

Dynamite launches a new original series, their first in awhile. Should they stick to licensed properties?

Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: Leah Moore & John Reppion
Art by: Aneke
Colored by: Ivan Nunes
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover Art: A- J. Scott Campbell; B- Sean Chen
Editor: Joe Rybandt

When first heard about this series I was interested. I like fantasy and I like seeing familiar myths played around with. So this story got me curious. I wish it hadn’t.

The idea behind this series is a good one. It could be an interesting book. The problem is in the execution and the too obvious plot (Rapa, the girl with the dreadlocked red hair is obviously going to turn out to be the real Rapunzel and the other an imposter). Oh yeah, another big issue is that the only place we learn the name of the main character, the one we spend the most time with, is from the “next issue” blurb at the back of the book.

Talking about the plot first, the script and art does nothing to hide where this is going. Rapa wakes up and is unsure of where she is, how she got there and we have Queen Rapunzel who comes across as pretty evil in a couple of spots, as well as the obvious hunter comment. That comment alone would tip anyone off.

Maiden unsure of who she is, evil queen…. Yeah, everyone can see where it’s going.

I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

The script itself isn’t very strong. The dialogue is nice in some parts, a real old-worldy feel, but overall isn’t good. It’s obvious in many parts and there are a lot of gaps in the storytelling.

It’s hard to tell if the gaps are due to the script or the artist but there are way too many gaps and jarring moments. There’s no flow to the story due to the jumpiness.

The art is okay in some spots but bad in others. The proportions are off on the characters, they look like they’re viewed through a funhouse mirror. There are the aforementioned gaps and jumps in the storytelling. With Rapa’s hair being such an important element to the story, the artist has a really bad handle on it.

I really was hoping this would be a solid series. I was really disappointed.

2 out of 5

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