Comic Book Review: Sleepless #1

Title: Sleepless #1
Publisher: Image
Words: Sarah Vaughn
Art: Leila Del Duca
Colors: Alissa Sallah
Letters: Deron Bennett
Publication Date: December 6, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia is guarded by the Sleepless Knight Cyrenic, but danger is around every corner once the new king is coronated. 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 new fantasy romance.”

The illegitimate daughter of a recently deceased king would rather dance than be involved in court scheming, but when an assassin nearly kills her, she realizes that things will not go her way. Her sleepless bodyguard vows to keep her safe and never leave her.


Vaughn weaves a tale full of royal intrigue with star-crossed lovers and a hint of Shakespearean tragedy. On the surface, there is romance and adventure, but there are hints that there is a deeper and more sophisticated story to come.


Leila Del Duca takes the fairy tale style of old-fashioned storybook frontispieces and crafts it into a contemporary interpretation with a traditional feel.

Bottom Line:

Sleepless combines classic elements into a modern take on the story of what happens to the surviving child of a dead monarch. While it may seem to be familiar and comforting Sleepless still looks fresh and innovative.