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Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king's reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another. Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist Lei Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king's reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another. Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR) team up with editor / colorist Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett for this fantasy romance. Collects issues 1-6.


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Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king's reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another. Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist Lei Lady "Poppy" Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but becomes endangered when an assassin threatens her life in the new king's reign. As Poppy and Cyrenic try to discover who wants her dead, they must navigate the dangerous waters of life at court, and of their growing feelings for one another. Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) and artist Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR) team up with editor / colorist Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett for this fantasy romance. Collects issues 1-6.

30 review for Sleepless, Vol. 1 (Sleepless #1-6)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    (Read as single issues.) 4.5 stars, happily rounded up. I think this is one of my favorite new titles, and am bummed that I have to wait until SEPTEMBER for more. For my money, this title should be getting readership that reaches "Saga" levels. This is a low-key, charming fantasy tale with a focus on the characters (including a strong female protagonist) and some adept world-building woven in, and is (to my mind) accessible even to the non-fantasy readers out there. And between this, "Eternal Empire" (Read as single issues.) 4.5 stars, happily rounded up. I think this is one of my favorite new titles, and am bummed that I have to wait until SEPTEMBER for more. For my money, this title should be getting readership that reaches "Saga" levels. This is a low-key, charming fantasy tale with a focus on the characters (including a strong female protagonist) and some adept world-building woven in, and is (to my mind) accessible even to the non-fantasy readers out there. And between this, "Eternal Empire" and "Alex + Ada", Sarah Vaughan is quickly becoming one of my favorite comic creators out there!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    charlotte

    WHAT THE FUCK

  3. 4 out of 5

    MadameMelli

    Anfang der Woche habe ich an mehreren Abenden diese Graphic Novel gelesen. Und ich weiß immer noch nicht so recht, was ich davon halten soll. Wenn ich zu einer Entscheidung gekommen bin, gebe ich eine Bewertung ab und schreibe ein paar Sätze dazu.

  4. 5 out of 5

    mo

    4.5 stars. A promising first volume with gorgeous art, complex political maneuvering, and well-realized characters. I can't wait to read the next chapters in this story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    j

    Slightly slow but intriguing start to a gorgeous new fantasy series. I loved the character work, and the worldbuilding is really well-handled, deft, assured, and free of infodumps. Eager to see where it goes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I can't recommend these comics highly enough - I've followed them since last December. The art looks like something out of an Art Nouveau Tarot deck only more organic and kinetic, and I’m already completely in love with and rooting for the main characters of Poppy and Cyrenic. It’s conceptually intriguing - set in a kingdom seemingly ruled by time and sleep and dreams where a princess can have a bodyguard who never sleeps, and healing deep wounds by magic can hasten the arrival of death for the I can't recommend these comics highly enough - I've followed them since last December. The art looks like something out of an Art Nouveau Tarot deck only more organic and kinetic, and I’m already completely in love with and rooting for the main characters of Poppy and Cyrenic. It’s conceptually intriguing - set in a kingdom seemingly ruled by time and sleep and dreams where a princess can have a bodyguard who never sleeps, and healing deep wounds by magic can hasten the arrival of death for the patient. It’s already filled with courtly intrigue & feats of derring-do - and some of my most beloved tropes (a princess & her knight!) are at the heart of it but in fresh new guises. If any of you all pick it up and give it a read, let me know! Moreover, I can say with assurance that the heroine’s narrative and her social, political, and emotional navigation of this culturally complex and fully fleshed-out universe takes pride of place over Cyrenic’s knightly exploits, which is something we rarely get to see.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I’m swooning right now, kids. I’m having a hard time expressing myself beyond sighs, and I’m not sure how one spells a sigh. Is it just a bunch of h’s? Like Hhhhhhhhh? That doesn’t look right. I also don’t know how to spell the sound of falling over (I know you think I covered “falling over” when I swooned, but imagine, if you will, a person swooning, then lying on the floor sighing, then getting back in her chair, and then falling out of it) because now I have to wait before I can read more abo I’m swooning right now, kids. I’m having a hard time expressing myself beyond sighs, and I’m not sure how one spells a sigh. Is it just a bunch of h’s? Like Hhhhhhhhh? That doesn’t look right. I also don’t know how to spell the sound of falling over (I know you think I covered “falling over” when I swooned, but imagine, if you will, a person swooning, then lying on the floor sighing, then getting back in her chair, and then falling out of it) because now I have to wait before I can read more about Poppy, Bini, and Cerenic and Vaughn’s strange world where time is magical and dangerous. So swoons, sighs and falling over—that’s how I feel about this series after reading the first volume.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    Sleepless was my kind of graphic novel - great characters, subtle storytelling, and a budding romance. Poppy is the illegitimate daughter of a recently deceased king and her position in the new king's court is fraught with tension. Protecting Poppy is her faithful, sleepless knight, Cyrenic. Cyrenic vowed to protect Poppy with his life and with that became one of the sleepless. The graphic novel introduces the concept of the sleepless and a world on the cusp of political change. The artwork in c Sleepless was my kind of graphic novel - great characters, subtle storytelling, and a budding romance. Poppy is the illegitimate daughter of a recently deceased king and her position in the new king's court is fraught with tension. Protecting Poppy is her faithful, sleepless knight, Cyrenic. Cyrenic vowed to protect Poppy with his life and with that became one of the sleepless. The graphic novel introduces the concept of the sleepless and a world on the cusp of political change. The artwork in combination with the text creates a strong world that compels the reader to continue. Considering the ending to this volume, there is no doubt that I will be back for volume 2. The characters are compelling, each with a slowly revealed backstory, and the slow burning romance between Poppy and Cyrenic are the two things that make this graphic novel stand out for me. I want more fantasy romance graphic novels! *Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ashiqin

    AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  10. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Wonderful art and interesting story. That cliffhanger at the end made me so angry and I can't wait till September

  11. 5 out of 5

    Y

    Yeah, okay, this comic is perfect. I am absolutely not a medieval fantasy person (or so I keep telling myself) but this had me hooked from the get-go-- lush worldbuilding, gorgeous characters, actual casual diversity... and none of that is even getting started on the fantastic art. I genuinely cannot think of any critiques at all; if you like fantasy, character-centric works, and slow burn, read this now. (+ seconding the comment about readership-- I absolutely believe this comic should become as Yeah, okay, this comic is perfect. I am absolutely not a medieval fantasy person (or so I keep telling myself) but this had me hooked from the get-go-- lush worldbuilding, gorgeous characters, actual casual diversity... and none of that is even getting started on the fantastic art. I genuinely cannot think of any critiques at all; if you like fantasy, character-centric works, and slow burn, read this now. (+ seconding the comment about readership-- I absolutely believe this comic should become as popular as Saga-- as a Saga fan, this definitely has potential and I cannot wait to see what happens next.)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natasja

    Renaissance fantasy. Interesting world-building. Great and diverse characters (representation matters - and I look forward to learning more about them). Complicated court-politics. Magic. Danger. Love. This is fun! And that ending? How dare you?! Can't wait to read so much more! September can't come soon enough.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Burns

    3.5 Stars Review: *I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.* This was a subdued, slow-paced, high fantasy graphic novel about a princess, her knight, and lots of royal court intrigue. Poppy is the illegitimate daughter of the king, but now he's dead, her mother is away, her father's brother has taken the throne, and someone at court is trying to have her killed, but she doesn't know who. There were a lot of things to love about this story, like: - WOC main ch 3.5 Stars Review: *I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.* This was a subdued, slow-paced, high fantasy graphic novel about a princess, her knight, and lots of royal court intrigue. Poppy is the illegitimate daughter of the king, but now he's dead, her mother is away, her father's brother has taken the throne, and someone at court is trying to have her killed, but she doesn't know who. There were a lot of things to love about this story, like: - WOC main character - POC love interest - characters who looked like real people instead of impossibly perfect (the non-MC princess even had acne, and the Sleepless Knights had bags under their eyes!) - budding romance between a princess and her knight - clear artwork - easy-to-follow plot - royal court intrigue - fantasy world - bit of mystery - cute little fennec fox(?) pet Ultimately though, the art style wasn't right for my taste (which is a very subjective thing), and all the court politics just didn't interest me enough (again, a subjective thing). But like I said, there were a lot of great things I liked about this graphic novel. So even though I probably won't continue the series, I did enjoy this, and I would still recommend this if it sounds like your kind of thing! Recommended For: Anyone who likes diverse characters, slow-paced stories, and royal court politics. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  14. 4 out of 5

    Imogene

    I am LOVING this. Magic, mystery, murder, a poc princess protagonist, a magical knight, forbidden romance, a possible true friendship between two women marginalised by their status and court politicking, and why, oh, why do I have to wait until SEPTEMBER for another issue. Sad face

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    A royal daughter who can never quite be a princess, much less a queen, must manoeuvre through the arrival of a new regime at court. Someone wants her dead, but at her side - as well as an utterly adorable fennec fox-type creature - is her loyal bodyguard, one of the eponymous Sleepless - knights who vow never to rest, always to watch their charges. And right there we have a bit of a problem, because...is that a good idea? The magic here is generally little and strictly bounded, which is not a ba A royal daughter who can never quite be a princess, much less a queen, must manoeuvre through the arrival of a new regime at court. Someone wants her dead, but at her side - as well as an utterly adorable fennec fox-type creature - is her loyal bodyguard, one of the eponymous Sleepless - knights who vow never to rest, always to watch their charges. And right there we have a bit of a problem, because...is that a good idea? The magic here is generally little and strictly bounded, which is not a bad idea in fantasy - so a healer can take time from the end of your life to fix you up now, a cost which will sometimes be worth it but is not invoked lightly. Which is neat, and poetic, and fine. But the Sleepless...they all have bags under their eyes like you wouldn't believe, obviously. And then after a while they start to drift, as you do when you've not slept, and plenty of them become uselessly drifty long before their final sleep, and even our hero here is clearly starting to lose it. Is that a good bodyguard? The idea of the ever-watchful guardian is arresting, I just feel like we need more on why the deal is ever worth it, not just from the Sleepless' point of view (where it's clearly influenced by the sacrifice of courtly love) but also from the perspective of the guarded, where as it stands I would totally prefer shifts of guards who are actually getting some kip occasionally. Sorry if I'm fixating on this detail, but a) it is in the title and b) I'm not sleeping well in this heat myself, so it is foremost in my mind. Beyond that...well, I buy the interactions more than in the other current Image fantasy series by Sarah Vaughn, the lacklustre Eternal Empire. Nobody at court is quite as stereotypical as some first appear, and all feel solid to me. But the art doesn't equal Leila del Duca's last Image run, the gorgeous Shutter, perhaps in part because it's a much more constricted world than the ceaseless marvels there. I do love that fennec fox critter, though. (Edelweiss ARC)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    I thought for sure this book would be for adolescent girls. Well maybe it was. But I’m a guy and I still thought it was excellent. Well done all around. 4 stars. I hope this book sticks around for a while! This is exactly the kind of book that doesn’t ever get its due and ends up cancelled too soon. We’ll see what happens I guess.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dave Sammath

    A very well done example of world-building, artwork, dialogue, and character development. Characters are diverse, but not in an exploitative, virtue-signalling way. It's almost a fantasy version of The Three Musketeers with some elements of Hamlet. BUY and READ this comic book series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    One of the more intriguing fantasy comics out there. In amidst a whole set of courtly machinations, involving a new king trying to be diplomatic with other countries, and forcing his ideas on his extended family, is a handsome knight, whose ability to sleep was taken away in an oath to the lady he serves, made several years ago. Both end up fearing for her life, but exactly why and at whose orders? The book is a clever mix of routine mediaeval things – jousting, the costumes, etc – with the fant One of the more intriguing fantasy comics out there. In amidst a whole set of courtly machinations, involving a new king trying to be diplomatic with other countries, and forcing his ideas on his extended family, is a handsome knight, whose ability to sleep was taken away in an oath to the lady he serves, made several years ago. Both end up fearing for her life, but exactly why and at whose orders? The book is a clever mix of routine mediaeval things – jousting, the costumes, etc – with the fantastical, such as the belief systems of the countries concerned, one of which uses the stars to foretell the future, and the other, which seems to be able to bend time, and to heal certain near-lethal illnesses and injuries. A few of us blokes may get to the end and take the future books as being soapy, soppy stories to come, but I'm hoping to be on board, not for the soapy, soppy romance (if it ever occurs) but for all the other things this volume successfully delivered. Recommended – four and a half stars, perhaps.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Colette

    Such a well-written graphic novel with a turn-paging, addictive quality. There is a slow-budding romance, action, royalty and court drama, mystery, and a dash of humor. In the next book, I can see there will be much more...friendships between women, mother-daughter relationships, and perhaps a more prominent romance between the two MC's. This is one of the few graphic novels I have read, as usually the art style is hit or miss for me. It needs to be something I can get into, not too distracting Such a well-written graphic novel with a turn-paging, addictive quality. There is a slow-budding romance, action, royalty and court drama, mystery, and a dash of humor. In the next book, I can see there will be much more...friendships between women, mother-daughter relationships, and perhaps a more prominent romance between the two MC's. This is one of the few graphic novels I have read, as usually the art style is hit or miss for me. It needs to be something I can get into, not too distracting or over the top. This was exactly that. The art is fascinating and intriguing. I am also just in love with that fact that the MC is a gorgeous dark-skinned Black woman who is allowed fragility and femininity when most are forced into sidekick roles, are strong or in servitude. What a refreshing change. The sleepless knight is clearly a Man of Color, though racially ambiguous. They clearly have a solid friendship and it's clear he needs her as much as she needs him. I was only upset to have finished the volume so fast!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Mccoy

    I was intrigued by the first comic. I loved the art at certain moments, the sleepless knights, and but overall I became kind of bored with the rest of this first volume. I felt like it just went in circles. A lot what this book was riding on was the court intrigue, and I didn’t find it very intriguing. The most interesting aspect of this book is a female lead who is trying to survive on your own.Sadly, I won’t be buying the new comics in September because there are just better stuff to me coming I was intrigued by the first comic. I loved the art at certain moments, the sleepless knights, and but overall I became kind of bored with the rest of this first volume. I felt like it just went in circles. A lot what this book was riding on was the court intrigue, and I didn’t find it very intriguing. The most interesting aspect of this book is a female lead who is trying to survive on your own.Sadly, I won’t be buying the new comics in September because there are just better stuff to me coming out. I totally see why this comic would interest others. If you are looking for a romantic, light fantasy, court intrigue comic, then this might be for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Sleepless has a lot going for it cant wait for more Daughter of the consort Pyppenia -Poppy- is in mourning for her father the king and missing her mother terribly. The Great Star Reader Amena has returned home to Mribeshi and with the advent of the kings death cannot return to Harbeny. Poppy has her sleepless guard Cyrenic and the Queen Leotta to look after her, until that is the Queen Regent is allowed to retire to the country while the new king insists that Poppy stay at hand. Then things real Sleepless has a lot going for it cant wait for more Daughter of the consort Pyppenia -Poppy- is in mourning for her father the king and missing her mother terribly. The Great Star Reader Amena has returned home to Mribeshi and with the advent of the kings death cannot return to Harbeny. Poppy has her sleepless guard Cyrenic and the Queen Leotta to look after her, until that is the Queen Regent is allowed to retire to the country while the new king insists that Poppy stay at hand. Then things really start to go poorly for poor Poppy, assassination attempts, poisonings and court intrigue oh my!

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Lost Dreamer

    I really don't know how I got to this book. Out of curiosity, maybe. It's Leila del Duca's art what I've enjoyed more. I like Vaughn's world building, but I have to recognize that neither the plot or the characters are fascinating, at least for me. They are fine, and the issues are read easily. But few happens in this first volume and I'm not very sure about what to think. It's nice, but well see how it continues.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    4 out of 5 stars ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has everything I need for a strong high fantasy graphic novel. An engaging story arc, interesting, and diverse main characters. Political turmoil, and an over all fantastical quality. And, let's not forget, forbidden romance. I will definitely be picking up volume 2, that's fore sure, because this volume ended on such a cliffhanger.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    Great, now I have to wait a year for the next volume :( Art, story, colors are all beautiful and well done. The worldbuilding is subtle and unintrusive, yet intriguing. The characters are the real highlight, though: well drawn facial expressions, a variety of applicable.meanings though actual dialogue is scarce. Whats best is, no monologues or explanation bubbles. In short, the medium of comic is exceptionally well used in this book. I hope it becomes the great success it is meant to be.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Haley

    I went into this fairly blind. Bought it just based on blurbs and cover art. Glad I did! It’s so delightful and pretty. Think Game of Thrones meets Shakespeare. I will definitely keep reading the series ... adding to my pull list today!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Barker

    This is not my usual reading fare, but I have to say I loved it. I especially loved the idea of the Sleepless Knights. Lots of palace intrigue, beautiful artwork, culturally diverse characters, and a simmering love story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matt Reid

    Great original fantasy story with a really cool concept. The sleepless knights take a vow to never sleep to protect their quarry. Plenty left to learn about them and Lady Poppy who’s lost her father and finds herself in an unwanted competition for the throne. Looking forward to more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sami

    An intricate and jeweled fairy tale, with deception and danger at every turn. Poppy's beautifully emoted face graces every page, and Cyrenic's stoicism rounds it out perfectly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Read as single issues. Super beautiful.

  30. 4 out of 5

    NiteHaze

    Interesting Premise and Cute couple Curious about what happens next

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