You know, there are no shortage of fairy tale comics out there, especially from the slightly smaller publishers and the imprints. There's Fables and Grimm Fairy Tales and Steampunk Fairy Tales and Zombie Fairy Tales and Lullaby and Castle Waiting and so on. However, Dynamite's new one Damsels has caught my interest. Not for any of the reasons that people usually cite. Oh sure, it's a pretty solid fantasy comic. Writing's good and so is the art.
What got me is this: They based the latest issue on a semi-obscure tale called "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (in my copy of Grimm called "The Shoes that Were Danced to Pieces"). Now, it's not often that one of the lesser known stories gets featured like that. However, that's not all. The original story that it was drawn from was actually printed in the back of the comic so that people could read it.
Maybe I'm too much of a folk tale geek and was too happy to see that story get some more exposure. Or maybe I've spent too much time in academia and was impressed to see a comic book that essentially cited its sources. But still, I thought it was a nice touch.