Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ame-Comi Girls #1

While I certainly don't object to comics that are basically excuses to include lots of drawings of beautiful women wearing scanty costumes, I usually don't seek out such titles. What can I say, I'm a story guy.

But I made an exception with this first issue of Ame-Comi Girls for two reasons: the issue was drawn by Amanda Conner and writen by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

That's the same team that made Power Girl such a delight in recent years. That comic featured lush, sexy and energetic artwork and a fast, funny and clever script.

They manage to bring that same energy to this issue, which is something of a retelling of Wonder Woman's earliest adventure.

We first meet the Amazons as they're forced to defend their home in a bloody battle against an invading army. This directly leads to Diana becoming an ambassador to "man's world."

The series is apparently based on a line of toys that feature prominent DC heroines and female villains dressed in skimpy, suggestive versions of their costumes. This story has a bit of fun with that, though it doesn't manage to actually give a good reason for the different version of the costume.

The only disappointing thing about the issue is that the story is 30 pages long, but Amanda Conner only did 20 pages of art. The rest of the issue is drawn by Tony Akins and Walden Wong, using odd panel layouts and more cartoonish characters - not a good match with Conner's work.

Look, this issue is a light bit of fun. I'm not sure if the series can sustain the rather slim concept, but this was entertaining - sexy and insubstantial, with wonderful art (for two-thirds of the issue).

Grade: B+


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