Damsels, the series published by Dynamite Entertainment in 2012 and 2013, is available again as a collected volume in print and digital formats. Ahead of its time, in a way, since more and more fantasy comics are handling gender-bending themes for fantasy roles in 2017, Damsels presents major fairy tale characters who are predominantly female, places them in the active hero role, and situates them within the same universe for team ups and conflicts.
The series is described as “action-fantasy” and that’s definitely true, with constant plots, scheming, intrigue, arrow-shooting and sword fights. Written by the team of Leah Moore and John Reppion, and drawn by Aneke, with colors by Ivan Nunes, Damsels Volume 1 collects a full 8 issues.
Here’s the official description of the volume’s contents:
Once upon a time, the princesses of classic fairy tales banded together to save their kingdoms from war! Rapa, a redheaded girl with a fiery spirit and lost memories, discovers a conspiracy that threatens the peace among all the mythical creatures of the land. Joined by the Little Mermaid, the Frog Prince, and Red Riding Hood, Rapa journeys through fabled forests and legendary realms on a quest to foil the scheme! Who has stolen the identities of beloved heroines Rapunzel, Belle, and Talia, and plots to destroy all the Faerie races?
Here’s a brief look at some of Aneke’s stellar interior art on the series:
Damsels Volume 1 is currently available in a number of formats, including print, Kindle, ComiXology, and more.