In Review: Danger Girl: Trinity #3
The covers: Sonya Savage strikes a pose with her weapon of choice. Within the logo is the Congo where her adventures in this series have been taking place. The art on the Regular cover is by J. Scott Campbell with color by Nei Ruffino. I’m a breathing male–how could I not like this? The RI cover is Campbell’s pencils without Ruffino’s contributions. I always enjoy seeing an artist’s original word and this is excellent for any fan or budding artist to see. Overall grades: Both A
The story: Sonya’s being chased through the jungle, Sydney makes it to Egypt tracking down missing Abbey, who is on a forced quest. Sounds simple? Not with Andy Hartnell at the helm. On Page 1 Sonya and Dallas are in a jeep going off a cliff. Do they survive? C’mon! She’s a Danger Girl. How do they survive? Page 2′s dialogue beautifully explains it–in a fashion you’ll laugh at (as I did) or you’ll groan. I didn’t care too much for Sydney as her part of the book deals with backstory for the villain. It’s something the reader needs but it pales against Sonya and Abbey’s segments. And speaking of Abbey–Wow! Page 17 has a really sweet evil device in action that I hadn’t considered and it keeps Abbey under Prince Amahz’s thumb. Abbey goes into her best Lara Croft/Indiana Jones mode in acquiring a relic. The cliffhanger ending is great. Hartnell is delivering a fun ride. Overall grade: A
The art: Five–count ‘em–five individuals involved in the production of this book’s visuals. First up is Stephen Molnar on the introductory eight pages and he’s still my favorite artist on this book. His work is so smooth and super detailed. What makes him stand out are his characters’ faces. You need no dialogue to figure out what’s going on (but you would miss all the laughs provided by Hartnell). I especially liked the faces in the top panel on Page 5, the first panel on Page 7 and the last on 8. Just perfection! Plus, when a story begins with a chimp on the hood of a jeep you had me at “Hello.” Pages 9 – 14 are by Harvey Tolibao covering the Sydney story. He’s got the least glamorous portion of the book to illustrate, but he makes it work drawing a flashback origin, tilting his point of view to match Sydney’s, and creating attractive women. John Royle is the last artist, crafting Abbey’s tale, and he’s inked on Pages 15 – 21 by Philip Moy and Page 22 by Andrew Pepoy. Like Molnar’s section, you don’t really need the dialogue to figure out what’s going on. This section is closest to co-creator Campbell’s style or art with its thin lines. I love the close-up of Abbey on Page 15, the animals on Page 16, the large panel on 18, and the final panel on Page 22. This book looks great! Overall grade: A
The colors: There are distinct coloring styles used for each girl’s story, all created by Romulo Fajardo. The opening sequence’s jungle is gorgeous. And when we go to a new locale it’s still pretty. The second story is much darker because it’s set at night in a dimly lit room. Deep purple (I’ve always wanted to sneak that into a review!) and blues convey night without taking anything away from the art. Abbey’s story is brighter, yet still maintains the atmosphere of a tomb with green backgrounds. A terrific job in every way. Overall grade: A+
The letters: Great dialogue and narration (especially in Sydney’s tale) with some fun sound effects–ZNNG–VNNG. Neil Uyetake adds to the entertainment of this book. Overall grade: A
The final line: Don’t waste any more time reading this review–Buy this book! 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 taught 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as possible, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.