Monday, February 3, 2014

Guest Review - Molly Danger #1

   Stepping into the Guest Review chair is my pal Lyle S. Tucker, with a look at a creative new comic starring a powerful kid. 

MOLLY DANGER is created, written and dawn by Jamal Ingle.

   Molly appears to be a perpetual 10-year-old with super-strength who has been the champion of Coopersville, NY, for the past 20 years (only in the comics can you pull off that kind of math, kids!). 

   Just who or what she really is is not explored in the first issue (which Cheapskate Me got off of Comixology for 99 cents), where we get to watch Molly kick the butt of Medula, a purple-caped brain-floating-in-a- liquid-filled-jar-atop-his-head kind of bad guy, commandeering a giant robot referred to as a “Supermech.” 

   I don't know about you, but I'll immediately cotton to any comic featuring a floating-brain villain (especially if they're dressed in purple). Molly is apparently part of an high-tech governmental agency and she's backed by a cadre of support soldiers known as D.A.R.T. (Danger's Action Response Team). 

   An interesting aspect to the story is the focus on budgetary constraints concerning how much the cost of mopping up after any battle will be, laying the groundwork for future complications, I'm sure.

   Inles' art is gorgeous. He has a clean style that reminds me of a Cho or a Bolland, and the color artist, Juan Carlos, complements the work well. 

   This first issue has captured my interest – I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes. And I hafta say, I love Comixology's Guided View presentation of comics on my iPad. The story comes along one panel at a time, and the effects of a panel are sometimes layered one-after-another. 

   For example, there's a shot where Molly is jumping out of an aircraft. In the first presentation Molly is blurred as she's coming at you and the aircraft is crystal clear. As you swipe forward, the panel stays exactly the same drawing but now Molly is crystal clear and the aircraft is blurry. It's an effective dramatic device.  

   Also, dialogue is often layered this way, making conversations seem more realistic, if you will, rather than the conventional way where your eye captures both sides at once.

Grade: B+


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lord, you'll get anybody to write reviews for you!! Hey Tuck!