Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG
Writer: Soo Lee
Artist: Soo Lee
Letters: Jeff Eckleberry
Cover: Jennifer L. Meyer
Editor: Nate Crosby
Story: 3.3 Stars
Artwork: 3.6 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.7 Stars
Dialogue: 3.5 Stars
Mechanics: 3.6 Stars
Editing: 3.5 Stars
About the Book:
In the first installment of Disney Villains: Maleficent we saw young Prince Reynaud come to the Forbidden Kingdom in search of a new life and adventure. Maleficent found Reynaud and tried to help him. Then Reynaud stole from her. Maleficent promptly punished him for this. In the second issue Reynaud’s older brother, Gavin comes to the Forbidden Kingdom in search of his brother. When he learns that Reynaud crossed Maleficent he has no choice but to defend his brother’s honor.
In the first issue of Disney Villains: Maleficent we saw how quickly our title character was to punish those who cross her. It was surprising to not see her dispatch Prince Gavin just as quickly for calling her a liar. Nor did she immediately prove she was telling the truth.
Maybe she wanted to let Gavin believe Reynaud was a good person. Maybe Maleficent was wanting to have some fun. She could have spared Gavin so word would get back about what happens to those who trespass in her kingdom.
Personally, I believe she did it to be merciful. Maleficent isn’t necessarily a bad person. Mind you, she’s quick to anger and takes things to extremes to get payback. So does the Hulk. Everyone views him as the good guy though.
With the way Maleficent has been shunned she wants to be left alone. People when people go out of their way to provoke. After all, one doesn’t accidentally wander that deep into the Forbidden Kingdom without meaning to find her. Nor does one accidentally forget to invite her to a party. Telling her she wasn’t wanted was rude. She doesn’t tolerate this kind of behavior.
If Maleficent were a woman in the business world she’d be called determined or assertive. Because she’s in a Disney story she’s a villain. That’s not right.
I am very fond of this cover. Maleficent’s ability to transfigure into a dragon has always been one of my favorite things she can do. Seeing her in this form gave me a glimmer of hope we would see her do it in the story. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. However, we do see she has the ability to transform into another creature.
Lee’s artwork on the interior pages continues to set the tone for this series. It is very dark, which is fitting for a story about someone who dares to trespass into the Forbidden Kingdom.
As a geek on a budget I believe this book is well worth the price of admission for fans of Sleeping Beauty and/or Maleficent. We get content that helps build her backstory while also giving us a chance to get to know the real Maleficent. Couple that with well done artwork and it’s hard to go wrong.