“Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that’s not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil, but about being a hero in your own home.
The opening story, “The Brambly Hedge,” tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on “Sleeping Beauty” when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming. The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun.“
Alternately hilarious and tender, this story (within a story within a story within a story, at times) is lovely and fun. Castle Waiting combines fairy tales, fairy tale elements, and heart, and is well-drawn. I was hard-pressed to pick a favorite character, and I can’t wait to continue the adventure in volume 2 (and 3)!
The humor is definitely tongue-in-cheek, and plays off societal expectations and traditional fairytale themes (and turning them on their heads). I recommend this for fans of fairy tales, wry humor, graphic novels that tell stories, imagination, and medieval fantasy.