Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon and Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale

Rapunzel’s Revenge succeeds at everything: gorgeous, lush artwork; an imaginative and unashamedly – but not polemic – feminist take on the fairy tale; a beautifully-written script; a fictional setting that plays with all the best tropes of the Old West while acknowledging the actual ethnic composition of that West; endearing, flawed good guys; selfish, human bad guys; a controlling, horribly believable villain; and a heroine who takes care of business by using her hair to whip, lasso and acrobatically disable prison bars, evil-doers, and a huge freaking sea-serpent.

Violence: Killing of some nasty beasties and some fighting (one probably-death)

Sexualised violence: None.

Gender: It’s wonderful. There are multiple characters, both female and male (both female and male and of colour!) with diverse personalities and contributions to the tale. Rapunzel herself is a delight.

Bechdel-Wallace Test: Passes on all three counts.

Parents should be aware: That their kids might well insist on growing their hair long in order to weaponise it.