In Review: Danger Girl: The Chase #1
The covers: You really can’t go wrong with any of the trio of choices for this new series. The Regular cover is by Dan Panosian with a giant Abbey in the foreground, with Sydney close behind her striking a pose with her gun. Before the two of them are smaller versions of themselves: Abbey is in a car, Syd is on horseback, and Sonya is doing the splits on an airborne motorcycle. The art is great and the coloring is absolutely dynamite! This makes the cover look like a 1960′s poster from a spy flick. Terrific! The RI cover has art by Loston Wallace and colors by Steve Downer. The cover is split into thirds with each girl getting some face time. Sonya’s on the left drawing an arrow, Syd’s on the right looking smug behind a steering wheel, and Abbey is across the bottom, smiling as she takes aim with her pistol. This is the cartooniest (okay, so I made a word) I’ve ever seen the girls and I like it! The Subscription cover is a photo cover by Jeff Zoet of model Shannon McKee as Abbey. Wow! This what I’d call a cover to chase! Now, IDW, I’m expecting some future love for the other two girls on upcoming covers of this series. Overall grades: Regular A, RI A-, and Subscription A+
The story: The location is Shanghai, China. The job is to get a metallic case from a female target in a throng of people. All three girls lose their target momentarily and the chase is on to get the case. Writer Andy Hartnell has created quite the macguffin with this briefcase. I haven’t been so entranced by a case’s contents since Vincent Vega opened Marsellus Wallace’s in Pulp Fiction. We don’t learn what’s in it in this issue, but we do see what can happen when it’s “activated” or shot. Abbey gets most of the action this issue, but Sydney and Sonya contribute well, with Sonya allowing the three the opportunity to chase their target. There’s lots of action and plenty of fun in this story. Overall grade: A
The art: Artist Harvey Tolibao creates some incredibly detailed and gorgeous work for this book. In fact, if you feel the need to look away from the any of the girls (But why would you?), you could get lost in the dynamic settings or people. The dragon page is a tremendous splash page, the reveal at the bottom of 11 icky cool, the double-paged splash on Pages 14 and 15 was funny, cool, and awesome! It reminded me of uber-detail King Geof Darrow. The dog in the bottom right corner just makes me smile, and the baby above the case cracked my eleven year-old daughter up! Besides drawing great characters, Tolibao moves his point of view around so expertly this feels more like a movie than a comic. Overall grade: A+
The colors: Major props should also go to colorist Romulo Fajardo for his bang up job! Look at Page 1: he colors everyone in the same bland, neutral colors except the girls’ target. She sticks out like a sore thumb. But Fajardo doesn’t just stop there, check out the shine he puts in the woman’s leather outfit. That’s some nice detail. Ditto for Page 2: Abbey’s jacket (Yes, I’m looking at her jacket) has got an equally impressive coloring job, as do her glasses. Those little touches just make the characters all the more real. Overall grade: A+
The letters: The lettering on this book makes it four for four–it, too, is perfection. Neil Uyetake has scene setting, narration, a few sound effects, and some great dialogue. What makes the dialogue so great? Some words are italicized allowing readers to “hear” the characters’ speech more naturally. I love when this is done! Overall grade: A
The final line: Go grab yourself a copy of this book now, before you have to chase it down! Overall grade: A
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s 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. He’s since moved to a high school where he taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th 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.