Editor's Note: Check out the full issue of "Molly Danger/Princeless" here on CBR.
"Princeless" from Action Lab Comics has been around for a while and has even earned favorable reviews here on Comic Book Resources. All the same, I haven't checked the book out (so many reviews, so little time) but the addition of "Molly Danger" to the front half of a Free Comic Book Day offering was enough to draw me in and make me a fan.
First things (and stories) first: Jamal Igle's "Molly Danger" introduces a young lady that is equal parts Kim Possible and Powerpuff Girl. Like both of those concepts, there is clearly more to Molly Danger than a sample-sized story is able to provide. What it does provide is a peek into the type of action and adventure Jamal Igle is capable of writing while also showcasing some naturally wonderful Igle artwork. Molly goes up against a disembodied brain commanding a giant robot. What else do you need in comics except maybe gorillas or dinosaurs? Super powered girls, talking brains and giant robots are inherently goofy and fun, giving "Molly Danger" a strong, fun debut. I was out of pocket during the Kickstarter campaign to get "Molly Danger" funded as a series of original graphic novels, but having read this, I'll definitely be looking forward to more Molly soon.
"Princeless" pleasantly surprised me in its earnestness to tell a fun story with leads who just so happen to be young ladies. "Girls Who Fight Boys" isn't overly preachy or heavy-handed in the message of equality it delivers. The three characters this story brings us -- Bedelia, Raven Xingtao, Adrienne Ashe -- are strong-willed individuals with distinct personalities and outlooks. Together with their big pink dragon, they prove to be witty and funny, entertaining and enjoyable. Whitley has crafted a fun world here that deserves closer scrutiny. Of course it helps that Emily C. Martin's animated artwork is filled with lively characters and smart coloring from Soojin Paek.
As a father of three dazzling young ladies, I'm always on the lookout for stuff to share with them. The oldest will claim her driver's permit this year, and has rabidly taken to "Daredevil" and "Batman," while the middle is a comic book kid all the way through. The youngest, however, is more particular in her choices and this book lit her up like a Christmas tree. I had faith in Jamal Igle to produce a book that would be beautiful, fun and adventurous. I got the added bonus of "Princeless" to elicit laughs and excitement from the Zawisza girls. Well done, Action Lab. Welcome to the family.