In Review: Damsels: Mermaids #2

The cover: Before you start humming “Under the Sea” I hope you notice the three great whites circling this lovely mermaid by Paul Renaud. This mermaid looks much older than our heroine, but it’s still solid. Overall grade: B+

The story: Revelations and complications rise in this chapter by Matt Sturges. On the first page our mermaid realizes John is holding something back, which he justifies as a way to keep the hired pirates out of the loop. But are those men pirates? They consult John on what to do to an Atlantean ship that’s following them and then attack it on his order. Emily knows John has never fought before and tries to get him to hide before the battle can begin, but he doesn’t and then “stuff” happens. This issue is solidifying three characters’ relationships: John, Emily and Argent. Plus, a new antagonist raises his very large head and begins to row his way into our characters’ lives. And for a book with the subtitle Mermaids, there’s no mermaid action in this book–it’s a ship based story. This was disappointing. Though this issue had some decent action, this is just the calm before the storm. Overall grade: B

The art: I was reminded of Mike Ploog’s work as I looked at the illustrations by Jean-Paul Deshong, especially on Argent and the character that first appears on Page 13. This is lush art where every inch is filled with something to look at. I only lost my way once on Page 9. How did the antagonist use his elbow to hit John, who was down low behind the mermaid? Where did she go? Outside of this nit, I enjoyed the art. Overall grade: A-

The colors: This is a pale looking book under Ivan Nunes. It’s appropriate looking, but I would have liked to see something pop out in a bright color. An opportunity was available with the wearing of a new dress, but it’s just blah. Even the sound effects blend into the background because they’re a dull yellow. Overall grade: B-

The letters: I wanted a different font for the character on Page 13, I think he warrants one, but otherwise an okay outing by Simon Bowland. Overall grade: A-

The final line: This issue is more set up for, what I’m hoping is, more payoff in a future issue. I’m wanting sooner than later. Overall grade: B


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.

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