Sad at times, funny at others, and beautifully illustrated by the creator of Fionna and Cake herself! The story kind of ended randomly, but within this world that made sense. Loved the colours, the stories within the larger framework, and the characters personalities. I loved being able to jump into this world, into this story, without having watched or read any other Adventure Time before. I hope to read more involving this dynamic duo, as they are weird, hilarious, nice and full of surprises. Definitely felt the female power Fionna was throwing around.
While the main story was good, my two favourite parts were offshoot tales. The first, the fire woman who creates rock babies with her kiss. She becomes trapped by those same fire babies, when they try to shelter her from the rain; turning back into rock and leaving her to cry lava inside them. Such a tragic story to begin the graphic novel, but a good segway and framework for all that is to come. The second tale is about a river nymph who loves an immortal. She saves a cat from drowning and the cat offers to repay the favour, by finding a way to grant the nymph everlasting life. The drawing of that tale is amazing, very different from the rest of the novel. It felt more like an old fable, with a style similar to a painting rather than a graphic novel. There is emotion and depth, a meaning to be gleamed. The nymph insists on not changing who she is for her love, but the cat tries to grant her immortality nonetheless. This leads to the nymph once again saving the cats life, at the expense of her own. Both the women in these tales are trapped in some way, by their own bodies and limitations. While one yearns to be free of her fate, the other accepts who she is and cherishes that life, no matter how difficult it may be to sacrifice love. Again, powerful stories revolving around women.
Also, enjoyed that the men in the stories seemed to rely heavily on Fionna to accomplish their mission. Prince Gumball is so vain that he falls into a trap that only Fionna is able to resist. GIRL POWER for the win!!!!
Above are my favourite spreads: the fire woman trapped, Prince Gumball caught in flan, Lumpy Space Prince becoming beautiful (funniest side story), the river nymph saving the cat.