Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess Book 1

Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment

Writer: Jeremy Whitley

Artist: Rosy Higgins

Release Date: 01/26/2016

SRP: $14.99 

ISBN: 9781632291196

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Fresh off her adventures in the pages of Princeless, Raven is ready to set out on her quest for revenge against her brothers. They've stolen everything that should be hers and now she's going to get it back. But first, she needs a crew. Share the laughs, action, and adventure as Raven assembles the fearless crew of awesome ladies who will help her get her revenge.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The creator/writer of Princelss and Raven, Jeremy creates female characters with agency that people can look up to. He writes Marvel's Unstoppable Wasp comic book series and Dynamite Entertainment's Vampirella series. Jeremy has also co-written licensed properties, including the digital mini-series GlobWorld and the series NFL RushZone. He has regularly written the IDW Publishing titles My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and My Little Pony: Friends Forever.


KEY SELLING POINTS:

  • The ONLY YA comic series about a teenage lesbian pirate's quest for love and vengeance
  • A continuation of the spin-off for the award-winning Princeless series
  • Features a cast of women who represent a wide spectrum of the LGBTQ community.

REVIEWS:  'Comic readers have been calling for more titles that are smart, fun, interesting, and inclusive. The Pirate Princess fits that bill.' - Comicosity 'The wondrous thing is the book truly is an 'all-ages' story that can be enjoyed from 8 to 80 years old.' - Spartantown '...accessible and entertaining even for readers who haven't read Princeless.' - Rainbow Hub "Jeremy Whitley, creator and writer of the Princeless comics series, introduced Raven Xingtao, the Pirate Princess, in the third volume Since then, he has published three volumes of Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess, and in 2017 started publishing issues of Princeless: Raven Year 2. Raven, the daughter and rightful heir of the Pirate King, ended up imprisoned in a tower because her scheming brothers wanted to take over the lucrative piracy trade. She broke out of the tower, and in the begin- ning of the first volume, has stolen her father's old ship with a plan to exact revenge against her brothers. As she seeks a crew, she reunites with Cookie, one of her father's men who left piracy to run a tavern; encounters the half-elf and pickpocket Sunshine; and winds up with an all-female crew, which includes Cookie's teenage daughter-chemistry whiz Jayla. In the second volume, the crew divides into several teams to buy supplies, but things do not go well. Raven's brothers have heard about what she is doing, and they hire men of the town to capture Raven and her crew. Raven's navigator Ximena-her one childhood friend and secret crush-suffers life-threatening inju- ries during a rescue operation. In the third volume, as the crew sails their ship to find an island where a fabled healer lives, Raven tells the unconscious Ximena the story of how the Xingtao family came to be. When the island- ers tell Raven their healer will not deal with pirates, she decides to sneak onto the island to confront the healer, and Sunshine-who wants Raven for herself and sees Ximena as a rival-tells the still-unconscious woman the story of how her human father and desert-elf mother met. Whitley fills his stories with action that doesn't shy away from showing the violence of hand-to-hand combat; his artists (mostly Rosy Higgins) fill the panels with fantastic chase scenes, cinematic fight scenes, lush scenery, and a diverse all-female pirate crew. Raven's world is a mix of mid-eighteenth-century ships and towns with ancient Polynesian islands and steampunk high technology. The women's guild, where Raven finds her crew, includes Dungeons & Dragons-style gamers and a panel of leaders who resemble some prominent women comics creators (I spotted Kelly Sue DeConnick and G. Willow Wilson lookalikes). Raven's crew includes women of various ethnicities, body shapes, and one young deaf woman whose dialog is shown in sign language; and so far, all the present-time romantic entanglements are among the women. Whitley may be a white male, but he takes inspiration from his wife and daughters. Raven's adventures are for anyone who wants action-packed stories with strong, well-drawn characters. Whitley fills his stories with action that doesn't shy away from showing the violence of hand-to-hand combat; his artists (mostly Rosy Higgins) fill the panels with fantastic chase scenes, cinematic fight scenes, lush scenery, and a diverse all-female pirate crew. Raven's world is a mix of mid-eighteenth-century ships and towns with ancient Polynesian islands and steampunk high technology. The women's guild, where Raven finds her crew, includes Dungeons & Dragons-style gamers and a panel of leaders who resemble some prominent women comics creators (I spotted Kelly Sue DeConnick and G. Willow Wilson lookalikes). Raven's crew includes women of various ethnicities, body shapes, and one young deaf woman whose dialog is shown in sign language; and so far, all the present-time romantic entanglements are among the women. Whitley may be a white male, but he takes inspiration from his wife and daughters. Raven's adventures are for anyone who wants action-packed stories with strong, well-drawn characters." - VOYA

Format: SC, Full Color - Pages: 128 - Ages: 9+

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