Comic Review: Courageous Princess Vol. 1 TPB (Dark Horse)

Dark Horse Comics releases a princess adventure story in The Courageous Princess on its first volume of this graphic novel. Ok, so what happens if you played Zelda CD-I, combined […]

Dark Horse Comics releases a princess adventure story in The Courageous Princess on its first volume of this graphic novel.

Ok, so what happens if you played Zelda CD-I, combined with the other past Princess comics that you’ve read on Dark Horse; you’d get this comic out of nowhere. The book is made by an author from the Philippines named Rod Espinosa, that’s nice, no matter what you’ve got, we get so many Philippine artists drawing comics from around the world, but this is the first time that someone from the Philippines published overseas. And basically, this is a really good tale for readers of all ages, including children.

Basically, the front cover of the graphic novel is that the character designs are almost drawn like one of the illustrators from the Zelda games in the early 90s, like A Link to the Past on SNES and Link’s Awakening on Game Boy. The protagonist somehow has an ability to talk with animals, as she befriends with a porcupine and a warthog. The whole plot story is very magical, to begin with, it’s almost like you’re watching or reading “Little House on the Prarie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder in a medieval and Spanish/Latin version set up, in fact, that show was also good to watch for the family-friendly tv program. So, the story goes that a Princess named Mabelrose who was born and grew with a proud royal family, had a great childhood with her family and friends and all was well. That is until a dragon casts a sleeping spell and kidnaps her. However she was about to give up hope, and then she started to make herself useful and escaped from the castle, now Mabelrose doesn’t suck. All she does is to help the townspeople and animals just to keep the dragon out of trouble, she goes on an adventure and she faces some obstacles along the way, there’s not much to say.

The story does have a focus on spiritual ways between humans and animals, not to mention the dragon is actually a big threat from the depths of the earth. The author did a great job providing such a good story about a young princess from a royal family is definitely not a pushover. Even so, the story shows to have a magical adventure between a princess and a porcupine as her sidekick. And the author’s work is actually based on literary classics and drew into comic forms as well as making comics of American history. If you ever want to read a magical adventure where a princess can do anything to help, then this graphic novel is for you.

About Kevin Bermeo

I'm a New Yorker Artist, and I traveled a lot. I enjoy making comics, illustrations, paintings, and digital art. Besides drawing, I'm also a writer, I used to be a Gamer, and I love adventures, food, and dragons.