In Review: Danger Girl: Trinity #2
The covers: Two this time to chase like treasure! The Regular cover features art by J. Scott Campbell with colors by Nei Ruffino. This month we get Sydney pulling rope. Sounds boring, but with Campbell drawing you know this’ll look good! Within the logo is the London skyline with a helicopter. This looks great! The RI is a sketch cover, showing the Regular without Ruffino’s work. Really nice. Overall grades: Both A
The story: There’s a short “Story so far…” on the inside cover, but writer Andy Hartnell has done a good enough job in his story to bring the reader up to speed without it. When last we saw Sonya she was going off a cliff. A much welcomed river breaks her fall and she’s able to pull her unconscious companion from the water. Sydney calls her and the pair realize someone is out to kill them to keep them from rescuing Abbey, who’s been kidnapped. The conversation is cut short because Sydney encounters some hard core enemies in London. The next eight pages are a tremendous action sequence. We then go to Egypt and Abbey’s own headaches. The final three pages return to the Congo as Sonya goes out of the frying pan and into the fire. You want action in exotic locales? Hartness is your man! Overall grade: A
The art: Three different artists, one for each girl’s story. Stephen Molnar does Pages 1 – 4, Harvey Tolibao Pages 5 – 12, and John Royle Pages 13 – 19. All three turn in excellent work. My favorite is Molnar, who does great action and fantastic faces. I love his comedic touches, such as Page 4, panel seven, and the book’s final panel. Now this is not any way to say the other two artists aren’t good. Tolibao has got the heavy lifting this issue–I mean, drawing a car chase in a comic book? This could be death for any comic, but he pulls it off effortelessly with an amazing amount of super details in the carnage. Royle is also good, with inks by Phillip Moy, creating an amazing double-paged spread giving Abbey’s origin. Terrific! Overall grade: A+
The colors: Romulo Fajardo has got three unique locations and he’s great with them all. The Congo is at night, and rather than darkening everything people go violet and turquoise to denote the dark. In London it, too, is night, but there are so many explosions on the streets his colors make the booms even bigger. Egypt is a harsh environment because of the bright light, so everything is dynamic and bold. Winning work in every way! Overall grade: A+
The letters: Solid job by Neil Uyetake who gets to cut loose with the chaos in London. Overall grade: A
The final line: A whole lotta fun! Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comics Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.