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Valor: Swords

Friday, November 27, 2020

Valor: Swords (2015) edited by Isabelle Melançon and Megan Lavey-Heaton

Valor Swords

Fairy tales do not inform children that there is such things as monsters. Children already know that there are monsters. What fairy tales really teach is that monsters can be transformed or destroyed.

“Prunella” By Isabelle Melançon And Megan Lavey-Heaton
“Little Fish” By Emily Hann
“Bride Of The Rose Beast” By Michelle “Misha” Krivanek
“Goldie Locks” By Joanne Webster And Isabelle Melançon
“Masks” By Megan Kearney
“Godfather Death” By Laura Neubert
“Crane Wife” By Alex Singer And Jayd Ait-Kaci
“The Steadfast Tin Automation” By Alex Singer And Jayd Ait-Kaci
“Flower In The Gravel” By Angelica Maria Lopez
“Black Bull” By Justin Lanjil
“Lady Tilda And The Dragon” By Sara Goetter
“Eggchild” By Ash Barnes And Elena “Yamino” Barbarich
“Red Riding Hood” By Meaghan Carter
“East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon” By Morgan Beem
“The Nettle Witch” By Nicole Chartrand
“Please” By August And Cory Brown
“All Furs” By Joanne Webster And Emily Hann
“Nautilus” By Ash Barnes And Elena “Yamino” Barbarich
“What Fear Said” By Katie And Steven Shanahan
“Winter’s Gift” By Joanne Webster And Isabelle Melançon
“Blood From A Stone” By Annie Stoll And Tim Ferrara
“Finette” By Megan Lavey-Heaton And August Brown
“Vasilisa” By Kadi Fedoruk

Valor is a comic anthology of re-imagined fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in digital comics. It pays homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales through recreations of time-honored tales and brand new stories designed to be passed to future generations.

I have been a tremendous fan of folk and fairy tales since I was a kid, so for almost all of these I recognized the source materials.

But what these tales do differently is that the princesses (and maids and daughters of the forest) get to rescue themselves.

And even better, the characters in these stories are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, so every child should be able to recognize themselves somewhere here.

“Vasilisa” By Kadi Fedoruk

Valor Swords

“The Nettle Witch” By Nicole Chartrand

Valor Swords

Though I will note that in some of the original stories, the girls do get to rescue themselves, such as in the Six Swans, the story on which the Nettle Witch is based, where the sister did rescue her brothers.

Just lovely!

Published by Fairylogue Press
Rating: 8.5/10


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