Review by Frank Plowright
It’s valid to ask why the six chapters of the Make Yourself story couldn’t have been collected as a single graphic novel. Perhaps that’ll be rectified in the future, but the original serialisation was considerably delayed as the attention Jeremy Whitley attracted via Princeless led to what was presumably a far higher paying gig writing for Marvel. It meant a delay between the content of Volume Five and this conclusion.
A very neat piece of juxtaposition opens this volume, inspecting two relationships between very different mothers and daughters, both separated for a long time. That’s not the main story, which is about Princess Adrienne attempting to release more of her sisters from the towers in which they’ve been imprisoned. As before, Whitley ensures that it proceeds in a very different way from what might be expected. Twin sisters Andrea and Antonia constantly squabble and only define themselves in terms of the other.
There’s further improvement to Emily Martin’s art. Earlier in the series the pin-up pages were a weakspot, yet the action spreads here, one per chapter, are confident storytelling and pages you’ll want to look at again.
Possibly from a desire to do right by regular readers who’d waited a hell of time to see Make Yourself completed, Whitley doesn’t follow up on the other plot running through the previous volume. Anyone wondering what happened to Prince Devin and the folk with him is going to have to wonder until Find Yourself, when they’re seen over the opening pages. Whitley’s become quite the accomplished heartstrings tugger, and comes through again with an unexpected ending.