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Princess and Pony: Prisoners of the Poseidon People! ‘Mega Princess 4’ Reviewed

You all know we love Kelly Thompson here, and in particular I’ve been loving Mega PrincessIt’s been a great series so far, and issue 4, out today, is the best issue yet, as Princess Max and Pony Justine are Prisoners of the Poseidon People!  (Um, that’s just my phrasing, Kelly avoids the alliteration there….)

Our pal Kelly Thompson is the writer, with Brianne Drouhard on art, M. Victoria Robado on colors, Warren Montgomery on lettering, and edited by Sierra Hahn and Whitney Leopard!  (Yay for continuous creative teams!  Makes my job easier when I can cut and paste from other reviews!)

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This is the first panel in the book, showing how good it all looks!

Everything seems to click with this issue.  The plot is packed, the interaction between Max and all of the other characters is well done, and the art looks like Drouhard has gotten really comfortable with the characters, so she’s able to stretch a bit and do some neat stuff.  She’s helped by Robado doing great stuff with the coloring, giving the whole book a murky gray grime overlaid on the art (um…in a good way!), along with blurry shadows, to remind us that we’re underwater for most of the book.

Plot-wise, we’re treated to a packed book here.  Max and Justine are prisoners, and they have to come up with a way to free themselves so that they can continue the investigation into the disappearance of baby Bobs.  Once they’re no longer prisoners (um, spoiler?), they come across a princess of Atlantis, and finally Max is clued in to the fact that her brother is not the only kidnapped prince, because she discovers that there are other prisoners, and also figures out where the perpetrator is based, using some solid detective work.  After a fun ride with salmon, they get to the Moonfall Kingdom and that sets the stage for the finale, where I have faith that Max will free the prisoners!

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I have an awkward shadow too! Because I have an awkward body!
Also, Lamont Cranston stepping on a banana peel!

But this book has also been a lot about the characters and their interactions.  There’s a fun sequence where Max argues with a shark who is also one of the prisoners in the jail, and it nicely turns a  certain prison cliché on its head.  Plus, Max shows that she’s an understanding princess, as she’s able to put herself into the shark’s, well, fins, and see things from his point of view.  But that doesn’t make her a sap, though!

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I need this on the screen if I ever start internet flame wars….

Max also uses her brains to rescue herself and Justine from being prisoners for the rest of their lives, as she ingenuously thinks of a way to free them (um, again, spoilers, but like, duh!).  I won’t spell it out for you, but it’s quite clever.

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You may be able to figure out what powers she’s calling on here….But look at those expressions! So good!

Then the former prisoners come across the crying young Princess Star Blue Quartz of Atlantis, who’s feeling down for letting her brother get kidnapped.  Wait a second, sister!  Max is on the case!  With some clever deductions, she figures out who has taken the princes prisoner and goes after them!

After an encounter with snobby seahorses and our heroes hitch an eventful ride with salmon, Todd the puffer fish also gets a nice moment as well, and our heroes arrive at the Moonfall Kingdom (isn’t that a Wes Anderson film?) ready to face the kidnapper!

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Me in front of cookies

Obviously Kelly’s given Brianne Drouhard a lot to work with, but Drouhard goes all out with this issue.  So many great images, really expressive faces, super cute characters.  Heck, when Max asks Star for scissors, she gets lobster claw scissors!  That’s what they’d use in Atlantis!

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Lobster scissors!

She also continues doing the wonderfully expressive hand lettering for certain actions (unless Montgomery is doing those, I’m not sure!).  Also, not only is this the best cover of the series, but I think we’ll be hard pressed to find a better comic book cover this year.  (Yeah, I said it!)

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How awesome is that? Answer: SO awesome!

So if you haven’t been buying Mega Princess, you really ought to, because it’s an incredibly good, incredibly cute comic.  If you’re one of those trade waiters, you’re in luck, because the trade is available for pre-order at Amazon, and of course if you click there to buy it, you’ll help us out.  And really, you should order it, because it’s awesome!  Pony prisoners!


  1. Le Messor

    Okay, okay two new theories, and they can’t both be right:

    Theory #1: The Evil Witch is a mislead. Because everything else has been so far.
    I don’t believe it, partly because of theory #2, partly because this is #4 of 5.

    Theory #2: The frogs are all princes.
    Or is that obvious?

  2. Well, yeah, I think theory #2 isn’t so much a theory as it’s what the plan of the evil witch is. She brought all the different princes to her place to turn them into frogs. So that one did seem pretty obvious, Le Messor. The Why of it, though, isn’t apparent to me so far.

    And I doubt the evil witch is a mislead either, especially since, as you say, there’s only 1 issue left. And that may be a criticism of the book, that the big bad was barely mentioned throughout the series. (the specific witch, that is, as we’ve known SOMEONE was stealing princes)

    Unless Max’s fairy godmother is the evil witch….

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