by Jeremy Whitley, author, and Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt, illustrations. I'm going to count this one as my all-ages comic for the Book Riot challenge; in a pinch, it could be used for a superhero story with a female lead (although we'd really be stretching the definition of superhero here). I get the impression from my background reading that this is a followup series to another graphic novel series, but ah well, this first installment stands well on its own. The story centers on Raven, whose father, the Pirate King, has been grooming her to one day take over the family business. However, due to the scheming of her two brothers, Raven gets cut out of the family business. She escapes captivity and sets about finding a pirate crew to staff her ship so she can seek vengeance on her conniving brothers. Raven winds up finding an eager crew of smart, tough and brave young women. I like this first installment. The story and the characters are a lot of fun. What's more, there aren't a lot of stories where all the main characters are female, particularly a story like this which has a more adult, sophisticated tone (there's nothing objectionable for younger readers, though, save for some blood). The dialogue is sharp and often quite funny. It was a bit jarring to have a sort of Pirates of the Caribbean-type world setting, with dashes of modern references (friend-zoned for example), and the bulk of the women are involved in a role-playing type game that feels like something you would see today. Still, since this is purely fantasy, it doesn't bother me too much. What's more important is the story, and how the author and illustrators have crafted the narrative and their characters. I love how each character has such a different background, ethnicity, race and skill set. This series has promise, might have to check out the rest of it.
Currently reading: A Shoot in Cleveland, by Les Roberts
(I thought I'd read all the Milan Jacovich stories but upon review I realized I somehow missed a couple)