Damsels in Excess #1 cover image

YES

Plot

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

In the land of the Five Realms, the existence of men has long since been evaporated from the hearts and minds of women. Princess Bethany–ruler of Evanfar, the largest and most prominent kingdom, finds herself at the center of a vast conspiracy that could not only threaten her kingdom—but also her life! Journey to a place where magic is abundant, unicorns and ferrets can command armies, and five women struggle to find balance—and power–in an ever-changing fairy tale world!

Writer(s)

Vince Hernandez

Artist(s)

Mirka Andolfo
Simone Di Meo

Type of Comic / Genre

Adventure

Age Rating

Teen

Princess' boots on table

Always fashionably late.

Why:  Damsels in Excess is not your typical coming of age girlie girl story.

The main characters are already young adults and leaders of their lands.  I can already tell from the get go that they don’t need anyone (especially princes) saving them from danger.  They can save themselves from danger and they are strong enough to survive on their own.

I love that Hernandez doesn’t fill panels and pages into long explanations of the world.  Readers should be able to figure out the nuances to the world by just reading what is going on in the content; through action, dialogue, and monologue.  He combines explanations well with the action and character monologues.  I’m not forced to listen or read back story and back story like what happens in the recent dreadful Transformer movies (read: NOT awesome like it should’ve been).

So kudos to these creators and the awesome art by Mirka Andolfo and Simone Di Meo.  You have got me hooked to the end.

Two Things I Loved

  • The artwork and art style in Damsels in Excess is great and is fresh for American fans of this style.  If you’re a fan of the Avatar the Last Airbender art style than you will like this.
  • Doesn’t treat the characters as sex objects but instead shows that these females are sexy and powerful in many different ways.

Two Things I Hated

  • Some of the background are bland and generic (e.g. basic blue gradient for the sky) but at least the artist put something there.
  • Most of the twists are revealed through narrative instead of action.  I’d be more affected by twists that happen in the contemporary timeline.

Made to Order Quotes

“Get this!” – 1f
“Just that title typography got me hooked.  Look how elegant and intricate it is.  Oo, just like the story.” – 1f

Rating: 5 out of 5 Nuts