- Posted by Johanna on August 12, 2009 at 10:04 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: Marvel
This is actually pretty good.
Given the booby-focused cover of issue #1, and this ridiculous description:
What happens when you take four of the Marvel Universe’s most fabulous single girls and throw them together, adding liberal amounts of suds and drama? You get the sassiest, sexiest, soapiest series to come out of the House of Ideas since Millie the Model! Romance, action, ex-boyfriends, and a last page that changes everything! Let your inner divas out with this one, fellas, you won’t regret it!
I expected typical “treating women characters as blow-up dolls, posing and flirting for titillating enjoyment for the male reader”. That’s what you get in most superhero comics, especially those with that kind of cover, featuring impossible anatomy. Heck, they’re even addressing the boys directly in the sell copy!
However, this is the kind of dialogue-driven character piece that one would expect from writer/playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It’s a shame that its audience won’t find it, due to Marvel’s incompetent advertising and marketing. The boys attracted by that cover will be disappointed by what they find inside, while those who will appreciate the storytelling will be repulsed by the stupid wrapper.
Firestar has breast cancer, being treated by Night Nurse and Dr. Strange for a second opinion. Hellcat is writing an article about Firestar’s experience to inspire other women. Photon is getting advice on what to do about her fling with Doctor Voodoo, since they still share sparks. And Black Cat is having money issues, trying to get a business loan with her (now-reformed) past hanging over her.
The interior art is reminiscent of the work of Don Heck. It’s not dynamic, but Tonci Zonjic is good with expression and keeping the camera moving during the many talking scenes.
This is the kind of story long-time superhero fans like, exploring what everyday life would be like in the fantastic world of costumes. Of course, it doesn’t make any sense, for cancer to be much of a threat in a world with real magicians and people coming back from the dead all the time. But it’s rare to see women talk to each other about anything but men, let alone exploring life-and-death issues that don’t involve punching something. It shouldn’t be surprising that Marvel doesn’t know how to sell a story in which the women don’t even put on spandex (at least, not in this issue).