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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Princesses Redeemed

Adventure Time 2: Pixel Princesses - Danielle Corsetto, Zack Sterling, Tessa Stone, Corey Lewis, Chrystin Garland, Pendleton Ward

For a twist on my typical Adventure Time review, this time I'm reading a comic dedicated to the lovely (or creepy or syrupy) princesses of Ooo.

 

In order to hang with all her fellow princesses, Lumpy Space Princess throws a surprise birthday party for herself.  When a few unenthusiastic princesses show up, she's less than thrilled and decides to give up princessing forever.

 

Seeing LSP's discarded star shaped jewel, BMO wishes to be a princess and Magic Man says, "Meh, why not?"

 

Trapped within BMO's game world, LSP, Turtle Princess, Skeleton Princess (my favorite), Embryo Princess, Muscle Princess, and finally, my least favorite princess of the day, Breakfast Princess, must defeat each level and save the princesses (pixilated versions of themselves) in order to escape. 

 

As with most AT comics there is a ton of humor, mixed in with nice messages about sharing, respecting others and not being a butt.  

 

Does AT hold up without Finn and Jake?  Yes.  Yes it does.  Applying the Bechdel Test to this and it's off the charts, we have very few dudes involved, all the challenges, whether they require brain, brawn, teamwork etc. are passed without any help from our usual heroes, the Princesses can easily hold their own.  They don't whine about broken nails or wait to be rescued.  They do fight and each Princess has her own personality and idea of what's best, but their conversation doesn't focus around men, in fact, I don't think any dude was even mentioned.  LSP and Bfast Princess both develop over the course of the comic and come to a better understanding of each other and none of the Princesses seem to have any thoughts of dudes coming to save them.

 

If only more authors would take a look at what AT creators are doing and take some notes.