Reviews of Dynamite Issues

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Damsels (2012)

Damsels (2012) #12
The group of travelers is waylaid by a bunch of flying monkeys while the residents of Ioclos submerge a statue with the hope of appeasing a deity and having the sailors of the Argo returned. A witch and a troll plan something evil. There is also a retelling of “Hansel and Gretel.” A so-so outing this time around.

Damsels (2012) #11
There are several storylines here, all of which are interesting. The Pied Piper’s plan to kidnap the village’s children because their parents wouldn’t pay to have him lead the rats away is thwarted. And, sailors find themselves trapped in a bottle. There is also the story of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen. This issue is pretty good.

Damsels #10
This issue is full of action and dialogue. As usual, it takes as its jumping off point a fairy tale. It is based on “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll. The story is only so-so however.

Damsels #9
This issue is okay. It acts a sort of bridge between issues. Rapunzel wants to run away while a group of warriors face off against dragons. Also, an evil witch gets her comeuppance. The last few pages of the issue are excerpts from “The Wizard of Oz.” Fans of the series should enjoy it.

Damsels #8
This issue is entertaining. There’s a war brewing in the enchanted land and the Beast must find Belle to lift the curse keeping him a monster. Worth a read.

Damsels #7
This issue looks in places like an episode of “Charmed.” It is entertaining how traditional stories are respun and made fresh. There is a four-page story called “The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods” by Charles Perrault at the end. If you’re into folklore with a twist, this one’s for you.

Damsels #6
This series is quirky. It follows the lives of three young women who represent females from fairy tales. The creators do a fine job of weaving their tales together. There is also a bonus in this issue – there is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story. A fun read.

Damsels #5
This series has everything for fairytale lovers. Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, the Little Mermaid, to name a few. There are several compelling storylines and it’s nice to be taken for a journey through all of them. Aneke’s illustrations work extremely well with the content and format.

Damsels #4
This series is intriguing. It follows the adventures of a young woman and a frog who come in contact with beings from traditional fairy tales. A solid read.

Damsels #3
This issue illustrates the Brothers Grimm story “The Twelve Dancing Princesses.” If you like classic fantasy then this book is for you.