Darkly She Goes

NBM Publishing. Jun. 2023. 160p. ISBN 9781681123134. $29.99. FANTASY
In many tales, a noble knight rides forth to slay the monster and rescue the helpless damsel in distress. That’s not this tale. Arzhur, a disgraced knight, is hired by three mysterious women to retrieve a princess from a dark, abandoned castle, only to find that not all monsters are easily identified, and this damsel Islen has the potential to cause more destruction than any mythical beast. The story wonders what if the stereotypical princess attribute of talking with animals has a much darker aspect and explores how far Arzhur is willing to go to regain his honor. Full nudity and some dark death scenes make this best for mature audiences, as suffering plays large in this Grimm-style fairy tale. The graphic novel was created after Hubert’s passing in 2020, with Mallié illustrating Hubert’s script.
VERDICT In this fantasy tale, Mallié (Arsène Lupine, Gentleman Thief) and Hubert (Beauty) create an ethereal, shadow-strewn world where cruel pasts corrupt the present.
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