In the steampunk retelling of the classic fairy tale, Princess White cannot stand by as her vain mother rule the kingdom with an iron fist. Inspired by the escapades of the Lone Fox, she sets out in secret to provide justice to the people as Snow. But the queen catches on and attempts to have her dispatched. Snow manages to escape and finds herself in the care of seven highly skilled badgers.Ã‚Â Together, they set out to put an end to the reign of her mother.
Rod Espinosa writes and illustrates this interesting take on the Snow White legend. There’s actually a little bit of the Robin Hood tale sprinkled in with the Lone Fox aspect. With regards to the writing, it has both good and bad moments. The pacing and some of the length are problems I have, at times moving through scenes far too quickly and only allowing for the story to unfold more naturally in just a few spots. The idea Espinosa has come up with is intriguing and if it had been fleshed out a little more it could have been greater. Instead, story-wise, it’s just a nice little tale that is merely decent.
The art is quite lovely. Given that this is Antarctic Press, it no doubt uses the anime influence to its advantage. I get a chuckle seeing the few panels where Snow has the oversized Princess Leia buns and the scene where the badgers make her work off her stay is amusing. There is a nice fluidity to some of the action sequences and it does a fine job harkening to the martial arts nature of the culture. Again, due to the story not being as fleshed out as it should have been, it does hold back the art from really singing by losing out on some exciting sequences that could have happened.
Steampunk Snow White is an alright read. Don’t expect anything special, but it’s a nice alternative to the other books out there. Rod Espinosa has a interesting premise that is quite fascinating. Though the story being not as fleshed out as it should be holds back what might have been greatness, the artwork is nonetheless beautiful to look at. Having said that, I’m not necessarily sure if I can recommend this book to all readers. Maybe a few looking for something different.
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