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Friday, November 18, 2011

My Week in Comics: November 18, 2011

Girl comics are always welcome in my pull list, and this week's comics is a good example of why! X-23 may be gone, but there are a lot of comics starring girls out there that are worthy of your cash...like the latest entries to My Week in Comics! What did I get myself into? Read on to find out!


This week in Supergirl #3, Kara Zor-El still can't believe it's not butter Krypton is gone, and she goes off in search for clues in the 'pod' she came in when she crash-landed on Earth. But there's someone else interested in the pod - and in her little alien self - and it's going to take all of her power to survive them!

Supergirl is still slow-burning its way out of the introduction phase that most of the DCnU is in, which could be good or bad, depending on who asks. I think it's nice, if only because Michael Green and Mike Johnson writes an interesting Supergirl. She's a little impulsive, a little naive, but a potential female powerhouse, as seen in this issue. There are a lot of surprises here, including clues to Supergirl's new powers, which is pretty cool, but longtime DC fans could get knocked out of the loop. A new baddie in the form of one Simon Tycho, trillionaire scumbag extraordinaire, has some dastardly plans for our Maid of Might, and right now I'm genuinely interested to see what happens next.

Mahmoud Asrar's art in this ish could use some stronger inks. The style he used here has that unfinished, sketchy Francis Manapul look to it, which isn't so bad, but seeing how great Asrar's art looks when finished off with some inks made me wish it did have some. Nitpicky complaint at best, since it's still a pretty good-looking book starring a pretty good-looking heroine. If this keeps up, I could stand that slow-burn for a little while longer. This gets a 3.5 out of 5.


And so we come to a new debut here in My Week in Comics, Bonnie Lass! I heard good things about Red 5 Comics' Bonnie Lass during my daily internet dives, and I liked what I saw so much I hunted down the first two issues. Best idea I've had all year!

Last issue, Bonnie and her crew inspected a mysterious lizard statue that might hold the key to the treasure called the Eye of the Leviathan. It's the one treasure that Bonnie's father, the infamous pirate Cutlass, never found, and for Bonnie this is the perfect opportunity to make a name for herself and get out of her dad's shadow. Now in Bonnie Lass #3, the statue has revealed its true purpose, and Bonnie is in a whole lot of trouble. What's a buxom pirate to do?

Kick ass, that's what!

I really, really like Bonnie Lass, and not just because of her obvious, *ehem*, charms. I'm all for fun comic books, and this comic book is straight up fun. Writers Michael Mayne and Tyler Fluharty have made something refreshing and different with Bonnie Lass. It's a no-fuss adventure you can dive into and enjoy the moment you pick up an issue. It's a little rough around the edges though, especially when it comes to dialogue and storytelling, but the art makes up for it. Mayne's style is a mix of art nouveau and anime that just works. Art nouveau, man! Never thought I could say that word together in a sentence about a comic book!

It has its flaws like every comic does, but the sheer fun factor outweighs any negatives. Bonnie Lass #3 is more of the stuff I wish more comic books these days had. She gets a well-deserved 4 out of 5.


Great stuff all around! Bonnie Lass is my new favorite comic, I tell you what! Got any comments? Suggestions? Want to discuss the early years of the art nouveau movement? Leave me a comment below and let's talk about it! Thanks for reading!

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