DriveThruCards.com
Browse Categories
$ to $







Back
pixel_trans.gif
Other comments left by this customer:
You must be logged in to rate this
pixel_trans.gif
Princess Lucinda and the Wand Witch
Publisher: Relentless Fiction
by Christopher S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/21/2024 03:35:01

I've been a big fan of the Princess Lucinda character in the past, a wicked 12-year old magical princess that uses her vast magical powers to rid herself of all the annoying humans that are unlucky enough to cross her path. What I really loved about the two previous graphic novels, "Black Rose of the Empire" and "Princesses in the City" is that they combined a ton of black humour (Lucinda transforming the "peasants" around her in all kinds of things, from two-headed toads to lollipops, never gets old) with actually interesting characters. Lucinda is by no means a good person - she destroys people's life for fun basically, and can be quite arrogant - but not only is she pretty funny, her relationships with her kinder older sister and her best friend Katelyn can actually be pretty touching and serve well to humanize her character her little.

Sadly, I found this continuation of the series rather disappointing. Not only does it not serve as a direct sequel to the story set up in the previous two graphic novels, instead choosing to just skip over the conclusion of that storyline (and SPOILER ALERT informing us at the start that Katelyn was killed in that offscreen conclusion, which I did not like at all - she was one of the most likable characters and just a kid!), but it also switches formats to an actual novel. I don't think that change was for the best. I found myself missing the comic book format, which to me fits the tone and style of the story a lot better, and I have to honestly say that I wasn't very impressed with the writing, which to me felt a little bland and lacked the wit of the previous entries.

In fact, what this story mostly lacked was the enjoyable dark humor I really appreciated about Lucinda and her world. The story introduces a likable new character, Ari, who has come to America to escape her home country. Ari is quite sympathetic and basically this is her story, but to be honest, she kind of feels a little too much like Katelyn as a character, just with the added cultural background of being a muslim. The novel actually tackles quite serious issues and is at times hard to read - the characters have to deal both with American white supremacist groups as well as nationalist, misanthropic Arabs, and there are sections where Ari basically gets tortured by them!

While I find it amiable that the writers try to tackle issues like that, I'm not sure the Princess Lucinda series is the best place for these topics. It's hard to enjoy the black humor in Lucinda turning an annoying kid at school into a snail when most of the novel deals with actual real-life violence and horror, which led to a lot of tonal whiplash while reading. Weirdly enough, despite Lucinda usually using her powers against mostly innocent people, the actually horrible, racist and murderous people depicted in this story mostly get away with comparatively tame fates.



Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Princess Lucinda and the Wand Witch
Click to show product description

Add to DriveThruCards.com Order

pixel_trans.gif
Princess Lucinda Graphic Novel- Book 1 : Black Rose of the Empire
Publisher: Relentless Fiction
by Christopher S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/03/2013 13:01:31

Are you tired of fairy tales with the clichè goody goody Princess who is just a helpless damsel in distress in need of being saved by a knight in shining armor? Then this graphic novel is perfect for you! Meet Lucinda Nightbane, the 12-year-old Princess, whose parents rule over an Empire of 12 worlds with an iron fist. In contrast to the standard Princess, Lucinda is clever, ruthless, and more than capable of fending for herself. She doesnt need a hero to save her, because she has immense magic powers and she isnt afraid to use them against everyone who attacks, insults or in any other form is rude to her (and since she is the High Princess of a whole universe and sees everyone that doesn`t belong to her family as a lowly servant, being rude to her might even include crossing her ways when she is in a bad mood).

Now, its important to note that Lucinda is, in a way, a little evil. She is portrayed as being cruel on a whim and quite self-centered and the rebels who attack her kingdom, the antagonists, are actually trying to free the empire from the evil tyrant family. In any other work of fiction, they might be the good guys, the heroes. But this story is more original than that. Lucinda, who may sound unysmpathetic at first, is actually a great, original character. Shes fun to watch, imaginative in the use of her powers (she prefers permanently transforming her unfortunate victims into all kinds of things, from insects to ice cream) and you can`t help but feel for her when she SPOILER ALERT has to watch her parents die in front of her.

This first issue of what will be a three part series deals with her backstory and how she is forced to move to earth, which she describes as a "small, backwards world in a dung heap of a universe, filled with hairless apes".

I recommand this graphic novel to everyone who would enjoy a twisted version of a fairy tale and is a fan of dark humor. Lucinda is an awesome character, worthy of her own movie or television show, and her story is simply epic.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Princess Lucinda Graphic Novel- Book 1 : Black Rose of the Empire
Click to show product description

Add to DriveThruCards.com Order

pixel_trans.gif
Displaying 1 to 2 (of 2 reviews) Result Pages:  1 
pixel_trans.gif
pixel_trans.gif Back pixel_trans.gif
0 items