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Molly Brooks recommends The Legend of Bold Riley #1
In The Legend of Bold Riley Volume 1, we saw Princess Rilavashana SanParite of Prakkalore give up her claim to the throne and leave palace life behind to go adventuring. She spent the book living by her sword and her wits, defeating mythical beasts and wooing pretty girls, and this first issue of Volume 2 promises to continue in that vein.
As the story starts we find our heroine nursing a broken heart, until she happens upon a talking bone with a sad story to tell. Helping her strange new friend provides a welcome distraction from her own woes, but can Bold Riley save the day when the villain is love gone tragically wrong?
Bold Riley is a classic adventurer archetype- smart, courageous, pulled ever onward by the promise of challenge and excitement, and leaving a trail of slain monsters and well-bedded women in her wake. It’s classic sword-and-sorcery stuff in an eastern-influenced folktale style, and while it’s refreshing to have this kind of story told through the eyes of a queer woman rather than another hulking Conan-type, the queerness isn’t the focus.
Each story is part of the larger continuity of Bold Riley’s journeys through various mystical lands, but they can also be read as stand-alone fables, so this issue is a perfectly fine place to start. Can’t wait to see what becomes of her in Issue 2!
[Pick up The Legend of Bold Riley #1 here!]
Molly Brooks is a Digital Editor for comiXology.