Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself, written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn by Mia Goodwin, was published in 2012 by Action Lab.
Adrienne may be a princess, but she refuses to be a damsel in distress. She’s tricked into her tower, guarded by a dragon with nothing to do but wait for her “prince charming”. But instead of languishing, Adrienne befriends the dragon and set out to rescue the rest of her sisters, who are neglected in towers of their own.
Princless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself is intended for middle grade, and it does show. The feminist points are blatant – which sometimes lead to very funny situations (Adrienne, who is black, challenging a prince’s claim that she’s a “fair maiden”) and sometimes lead to awkward, ham-handed ones (a young woman who has secretly made a line of bikini armor “just for women” realizes the error of her ways in a short two pages). There’s no real subtlety in this book, but it works – particularly since flagrant girl power messages make sense in the context of a middle grade book.
The main story progresses slowly – Adrienne seems to be still assembling her team – but I’m willing to wait it out for more snarky, feminist, lovable Princess Adrienne.