A Review: SLEEPLESS #1

The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of SLEEPLESS #1 from Image Comics. Sarah Vaughn writes, Leila Del Duca draws, Alissa Sallah colors and edits, and Deron Bennett letters.

Poppy is a king’s daughter, but one who will never ascend to the throne. The king’s brother ascends on his death, and Poppy is not certain what her future holds. All she really has is Cyrenic, her sleepless knight. They are an order who forsakes sleep so their charges can rest easy. But Poppy is the target of an attempted assassination on the very day of her uncle’s coronation.

Who would try to kill as likeable and popular princess as Poppy? Murder mystery is another layer to this medieval fantasy story, which may also include a bit of romance along the way. This issue also contains some nicely subtle worldbuilding, and the art is beautiful, with subtlety to spare and a muted palette which fits the setting nicely.

I’m a sucker for a multi-layered fantasy story, and this is one that has a lot of appeal. I can’t wait to see how many more layers they add to it.

SLEEPLESS #1 is available now from your local comic shop, or online at imagecomics.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )