Ladycastle

Ladycastle

Book - 2017
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"When all the men in Mancastle get eaten by a dragon, the women take over! Now the blacksmith's wife Merinor is King, Princess Aeve is the Captain, and the only remaining (and least capable) knight Sir Riddick is tasked with teaching the ladies of the castle how to defend against all manner of monsters!"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : Boom! Studios, 2017
ISBN: 9781684150328
1684150329
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Alternative Title: Lady castle

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forbesrachel Jul 11, 2018

In a terrible tragedy, King Mancastle and all the men are killed, leaving only the women to prepare for the coming curse. A curse which was caused by the arrogance of the former king. By divine right, does Merinor, former wife to the blacksmith, become King. With the men gone, men's rules for women are also out the door. Wives and princesses are no longer locked away, young ladies become knights, they can read, and dress, and do what they want. They also make changes to how they govern, and fight, etc. Essentially showing how these women act and react in a different manner than the men. To balance out the more serious topics, the creators incorporate random bits of comedy at regular intervals. They especially poke fun at medieval story tropes, and readers will be amused by the songs with the Disney-inspired lyrics. Ladycastle has a mixture of characters with different ethnic backgrounds, body types, and physical ableness. Unfortunately this group does not seem to include LGBTQ persons; a notable omission for a story encouraging such values. For those that are included, they are all treated with respect, and are given the opportunity to contribute, showing how the whole benefits because of them. Even though the creators genuinely try to express the ideals of acceptance, inclusiveness, equality, and independence, the writing isn't always up to the task. It can feel a little unnatural. Much of the process is also skipped over, and although this is done consistently throughout, it doesn't help. Overall though, it is a good story, that shows that violence isn't always the answer, and it is a good comic for all ages.

VaughanPLAlison Jun 05, 2018

When women are finally able to run the kingdom instead of their oppressive men, they find that doing things differently can often times be better. A great twist on the fantasy genre with a diverse cast.

JCLHebahA May 30, 2018

This was an interesting read, a largely enjoyable one reminiscent of Princeless with its feminist sensibilities. But where I know Princeless is solidly middle grade, I'm not sure where this one falls because the pop culture Easter eggs range from Hamilton to Monty Python, but some of the curses and interjections feel silly and middle-grade-ish, like censored stand-ins for swear words. Overall, I really did like it, but I was really hoping to love it.

DPLaprilteenservices Mar 21, 2018

Snarky, sassy, and sweet- a great YA/adult crossover read.

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diggie
Jan 29, 2018

concept: 5 stars, execution: 2. neat ideas, fun jokes, but the whole thing didn't hold together for me. was icked out by the generic sub-disney backgrounds, all pink and violet, until i decided they were ironic.

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