Maxine is a normal princess—she has a castle, a pony, and a mother who wants her to embrace her princess-like duties. Max, however, likes to spend most of her time in her tree-house, being a detective. One day, she is visited by her godmother, Amber. She gets all the powers of princesses, from perfect pitch to sensing a pea under 20 mattresses. The only one she thinks is pretty cool is being able to talk to her pony, Justine. When her infant brother goes missing, Max must use her new powers and detective skills to find the culprit and save the heir to the throne!
Kelly Thompson (A-Force, Jem & the Holograms, Heart in a Box, The Girl Who Would Be King, Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps, Adventure Time, etc.) is a veteran in writing about brilliant women, from She-Hulk (Marvel) to the Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios). Max is no different. In her small world, she has as much power as She-Hulk and as much innocence as the Lumberjanes. Thompson likes to break gender stereotypes, and Mega Princess follows that suit. When we think of princesses, we don’t think of detectives. But Maxine has taken it upon herself to be one. Her father, thankfully, supports her decision. Her mother, however, isn’t as accepting.
Stereotypes aside, I have to give Max kudos for being the outcast that she is. Regardless of what people are telling her, she finds time and place to be whoever she wants to be. It’s hard to do that nowadays, so Max has a strong personality, and one that Thompson reveals early on in the series—this is a good thing. Immediately, not only do I love Max’s character, but I respect her. She’s just a child, but I wish I was more like her, being myself instead of trying to be “normal” or what people tell me to be. Thompson has created a wonderful character that is really easy to support thus far.
The relationship that I’m looking most forward to seeing flourish is between Max and Justine. While I’d love to see Max get along with her mother, Justine and Max playfully hate each other. While this is a great way to entertain readers, it’s also sets up the series for some major character development. I’m looking forward to these two working together. At the end of this issue, they start to, but it doesn’t work out as planned—at all. Mistakes are bound to happen; I’m just curious as to how they’re going to deal with them together.
If you watch popular cartoons nowadays, chances are you’ve seen Brianne Drouhard’s artwork. She is an animator who has worked on Teen Titans, Class of 3000, Transformers: Animated and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Creator of Billie the Unicorn and dorector/producer of DC’s new Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, Drouhard is a professional when it comes to design, animation, and illustration. Her cartoonish art style mixed with M. Victoria Robado’s vibrant colors make this issue an upbeat and lighthearted. While there isn’t a realistic amount of detail in the characters or backgrounds, the artwork clearly tells the story and grabs our attention, never letting go.
For a fun story about a princess who dares to defy society’s dictations of the “norm,” you’ve got to read this story. With natural dialogue and animated artwork, this all-ages book will bring fun and adventure into your life! Mega Princess comes out tomorrow, November 9th, so make sure to head out to your local comic book shop (comicshoplocator.com) and give it a read!
Written by: Kelly Thompson
Illustrated by: Brianne Drouhard