Disney Princess: Beyond the Extraordinary

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Disney Princess: Beyond the Extraordinary
Disney Princess Beyond the Extraordinary review
  • North American Publisher / ISBN: Dark Horse - 978-1-50671-672-5
  • Volume No.: 4
  • Release date: 2021
  • UPC: 9781506716725
  • Contains adult content?: no
  • Does this pass the Bechdel test?: yes
  • Positive minority portrayal?: yes
  • CATEGORIES: Children, Humour

This traditional graphic novel sized Disney Princess book reformats the formerly landscape content first presented as four panel strips in Disney Princess: The Comic Strips Collection Vol. 2. It’s a mixture of one page gag strips drawn, and often also written by Amy Mebberson separating other strips running to several pages. A broad view of what constitutes a Princess is taken in order to include the female leads from all Disney films going all the way back to Snow White.

A considerable number of writers now contribute to Disney Princess, but there are still no credits for individual strips, so no indication which are written by Mebberson, and which are the work of others. As previously, though, there’s thought applied to the jokes, which aren’t just generic gags, but require the personalities of the women to make them work, or sometimes their supporting cast. In some cases, however, it may mean readers not familiar with every Disney film may not get the joke. In order to aid the process, though, the opening pages feature thoughtful introductory pages for some princesses starring in the longer strips.

The continued strips are of varying lengths, some continued strips with a gag at the end of every page, and some concentrating more on building up to the ending. The longer ones include Cinderella in the snow, Jasmine searching a mystery cave, Merida babysitting, and Tiana operating a market stall. These are all beautifully drawn by Mebberson who captures the characters of all the princesses well, be they playful or more sedate, and she’s also great with the wilder nature of the supporting characters. Unashamedly aimed at the young girl who loves all things Disney, this is another selection of charm and grace.