When Sleepless first came out, I was so excited that I subscribed to issues at my local comic shop. We covered the first issue back then, but since the series is now complete with two volumes, it's time for a full review. Everything I loved in that first issue continued throughout the series, so let's talk a bit about what made Sleepless an excellent romance/adventure comic.
The setting and costuming are both unique and familiar, with the highwaisted dresses and men wearing frock coats. The illustration is absolutely gorgeous, with flowers and foliage draped around the panels, patterned clothing and intricate hairstyles. If you enjoy period dramas on tv, you'll fall in love with the visual experience of this comic. (Also the fennec fox that the main character keeps as a pet.)
As for the plot, it's full of court intrigue and mystery. Assassination attempts, a forbidden romance, and just enough magic to hook the reader combine for a story both timeless and fresh. The romance itself is the bodyguard and princess trope, but it's a very slow burn. But don't worry - the story ends after two volumes with a happily-ever-after.
In all, this is a comic I've happily recommended to several friends. I've yet to hear a complaint.
Content Warnings: Forced marriage, assassination attempts, blood and murder, parental death, grief
Suzanne purchased this series.