By Delilah S. Dawson, Becca Farrow, and Rebecca Nalty

Knowing when to fight or when to wear a dress is important. Aeve, daughter of the former King, now Captain, of Ladycastle gives this sound advice to her sister in issue #3 of Ladycastle.  Having just dealt with werewolves in the previous issue, the women now face a new attack and must determine the best way to deal with it: Fight or Polite. Their polite and peaceful approach, though, may not be enough to save them.

Delilah S. Dawson continues to give readers a fun and light-hearted story in this penultimate issue of the series. We start off with a song to catch the reader up on what has happened before and it’s playfully set to the tune of a familiar sitcom. This is contrasted by what appears to be a dire situation that our main characters have found themselves, but soon escape from. The writing and story itself may bring the reader memories of kids cartoons where the problem is wrapped up and a lesson learned by the end of the episode. For this book, that’s a good thing. In this issue there are a few important lessons to be learned: freeing yourself from the past, learning to do what is asked of you, and knowing when and when not to fight. The most important message, however, that the reader should come away with is the importance of women in society. The women of Ladycastle are succeeding even after being thrown into this situation. They may be facing their own doubts and the doubts of the last man, but they come together to successfully face the attacks brought on by the curse. It’s a quick and fun read that will leave the reader with a smile.

Becca Farrow’s artwork is a perfect fit for the book. She especially excels at drawing objects and characters that have a lot of detail in them. The Harpies are beautiful and the costume designs for all the characters are very nicely done. Farrow does a good job at capturing the emotions and movements of the characters and a perfect example of this is on the first page. However, there are a number scenes were we lose the background and only have a color wash or gradient.  This is fine, but the reader may wonder if it’s an artistic choice or if it was due to time constraints. Farrow is an excellent artist, though, as a look at her portfolio proves. Nalty’s coloring is adequate, but starts off better than it ends. There is more depth in the coloring in the first part of the book than in the back half. Farrow’s work could have been complemented better with more shading and highlights in the coloring.

Definitely pick this up for a fun read, but don’t forget the lessons. Ladycastle as a series is, and should be, especially important for young girls. Dawson’s work can present them with examples to keep in mind as they grow into women. These are not damsels in distress, but rather fighters and problem solvers. Sometimes you wear a dress and sometimes you fight, other times you fight in a dress.

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About The Author Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell lives in Houston, TX with his family where he works for a local restaurant and devours comic books in his free time. He loves all aspects of comics: the artwork, the written word, and even though he is color blind: the amazing colors! Chris has spent many hours doodling super heroes over the years but dreams of one day writing his own comic books. He has been a comic book fan since his first pair of Superman Underoos in 1977 and wishes he still had them...a new pair not the same pair. He spent every Saturday morning watching the Super Friends and every weekday watching FIlmation’s Superman, Batman and Aquaman cartoons. Chris was fortunate his grandmother had kept a number of his dad's old comic books and spent hours rereading them. When he turned 16 his parents gave him a stack of comics from the 60s and he became a collector from then on. Superman books are his favorite but he will read anything with a good story. His newest philosophy on comic books is not to worry about bags and boards but just to enjoy them. Chris feels blessed to live in a time where so many comics are brought to life on the big and small screens. Finally, the geeks have taken over the world.