Then, a year ago, I discovered a book called Princeless. It has a wonderful character in it that suits up in some armor and goes out to save the day. The knight in Princeless gets to fight bad guys, defeat monsters, and help out friends and family in danger. The knight in Princeless is a really cool hero. The knight in Princeless is also a black girl, but . . . you know what . . . it doesn’t matter. Adrienne is still heroic, is still awesome, brave, and driven. She is a hero I can look up to and want to be like.
In Princeless Volume 1, creator Jeremy Whitley introduced us to this wonderful, brave, headstrong Princess who decides she isn’t going to wait for a prince and instead saves herself. In Volume 2, Adrienne has decided she is going to go and rescue her sisters, and this is the book that really gets interesting, because it turns out that her sisters may be just as headstrong as she is. Her sisters may not need saving, they may like the lives they have, and have very different ideas about life, love, beauty, and bravery.
Princeless is a wonderful comic series that subverts our expectations about heroes, family, and gender roles. It is a book that is fun and inspiring but also challenges us to expand our thinking about the heroic journey, and who we look to as role models. Volume 1 of Princeless is available now in a trade paperback collection, and Volume 2 is currently being released in single issues to comic shops, with Issue #3 being released soon. You can also get caught up through Comixology. Go and grab a copy and start your adventure today!