Friday, November 2, 2012

Comic Review: Ame-Comi Girls #1: Featuring Wonder Woman

Ame-Comi Girls #1: Featuring Wonder Woman
Rated T for Teens
4 Slimes
Copyright DC Comics 2012
Princess Diana/Wonder Woman: A hotblooded and eager to prove herself young princess from the Amazonian island of Themyscira.  After an attack by a country, she elected as the ambassador to go to America to form an alliance with them, though in a completely embarrassing outfit.
Queen Hippolyta: The leader of the Amazons and Diana’s mother as well.  While she prefers her island to stay isolated from the world, she finds herself sending her daughter to America to establish a diplomatic relation with them.  Though this also counts as both punishing her and hopping she’ll actually grow up.
Steve Trevor: A government employee who wants to establish contact with Themyscira and ends up getting more than he bargained for.
Cheetah: A cat-woman who doubles as a mercenary who attacks the United Nations when Diana is there.  She has giant paw hands or perhaps those are just gloves with a lot of padding in them.
+ America appreciates red, white, blue, and skimpy attire when it comes to diplomatic relation building.
+ Amazons don’t believe in armor that completely covers their skin.
+ The White House is still not prepared for people to break in with pegasuses.
+ Cat people don’t make the best of mercenaries.
+ High-tech armor has no defense against the power of bows and arrows.
Page 4 – Well hello princess!
Page 14 – Savage you say with the blood splattered all over you.
Page 17 – She has point about the outfit.  What if it snows as well?
Page 19 – Stop eating your hand sir.
Page 20 – How did no one see her come in?
Page 26 – Now there is face.
Wonder Woman: (regarding her costume) I hate it!  Is this punishment not embarrassing enough that I must also advertise myself as a whore to a nation of men?
Wonder Woman: Play time is over, kitten!
Cheetah: I’m no kitten.
Wonder Woman: No, this time you are right.  Kittens are cute.
Duela Dent: All you girls think about is money and diamonds and precious metals.
Catwoman: What else is there?
Poison Ivy: I would add man slaves to the list.
Duela Dent: For you girls, that’s enough to make you happy.  I want something more!

With this new relaunch, DC comics has been really getting into the digital comic scene, with comics coming out digitally on the day of the release or going through their old comics and selling them for the first time in this format.  They also became to release new, digital only series for the first time as well.  Technically, they are digital only for a while, then somewhere down the line they rerelease the comic in printed format.  One such comic is Ame-Comi Girls, based on their anime-ish statues they put out of their heroines.  An odd idea for a comic, but then again, I’ve seen comics based of toy trucks so why not risqué statues?
The first issue (which collected the first 3 issues of the digital series) begins in the US where we meet Steve Trevor, an army guy who is informing the President, who appears to be Barack Obama, about the island of Themyscira, home to the mythic Amazons.  With the discovery of it recently, Steve wants to head there to make contact with the locals who live there; however, the president doesn’t seem too interested in it.  Oh sure, a mysterious island in the middle of the sea that has been unreached for hundreds to thousands of years and that has an undiscovered  human population never seen before has nothing of particular interest to it.  Not at all.
On the island itself, we meet Princess Diana of Themyscira, who is practicing her sword fighting abilities with some Minotaur from a local labyrinth.  Her mother, Queen Hippolyta, summons her back to their home after getting some grave news from the island’s Oracle that they are about to be attacked by a small force from a violent country called Kasnia.  She puts her daughter under lock down, much to Diana’s frustration, and heads out to fight the enemy later that night.
During the battle, Diana sneaks away from her guard (well after bashing her over the head with a shield) and joins the fight, defeating the enemy quickly and viciously.  I do mean viciously, it’s really rather brutal and bloody for our heroine.  Hippolyta, displeased with her daughter for going against her word and for the actual attack by Kasnia, decides it is time that Themyscira gets involved with the outside and make an alliance with the United States for protection.  She makes Diana the ambassador, in hopes that it’ll help her actually grow up for once and become a wiser individual.  Frankly, the outfit she is given certainly won’t boost the girl’s self-confidence so Hippolyta better hope for wisdom.
Later that day, Diana heads to America on her Pegasus and meets with the president.  She is given time at the United Nations to air her grievances and ask for her island to be recognized as a nation.  Then randomly, Cheetah shows up and attacks the place, aiming to kill the Kasina ambassador for unknown reasons.  Diana fights back, using her Lasso of Truth to corral the crazy cat and defeat her.  The comic then ends as we move our focus to Gotham City where we find the villains Duela Dent, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy watching the event on the news and discussing their plans and interests for the future.
This was a much different kind of comic than I’m used to, in the sense that it was completely upbeat and fun.  You see, most DC comics nowadays are all dark and edgy (at least try their darnest to be so) so there is no room for comics that are about fun heroics or amusing adventures.  This comic is just so different from the norm that it is a complete breath of fresh air with its cartoony visuals and humor to it, though the weird tone shift when the comic gets rather violent in the middle is a bit jarring.
Wonder Woman’s character was a bit different here than in usual comics.  For the non-comic fans, she is a very compassionate, wise, and intelligent individual who loves everyone.  In this comic, she is immature and rather violent girl with a deep desire to prove herself in her mother’s eyes which is different.  However this can be good with a more inexperience Diana learning and slowly becoming the hero we can love.  I’m good for that.
The other aspect is the artwork itself for the comic.  Two thirds of it is drawn by Amanda Conner (wife of one of the writers) whose style is very nice and easy on the eyes.  Everyone looks different so there is no confusion telling people apart while the colors are vibrant and smooth.  It’s very nice all around.  Strangely, the last third of the comic is drawn by a different artist called Tony Akins.  While Conner’s style gets a nice mix between human and cartoon, Tony just goes for a much more cartoonish look.  I mean, Cheetah looks completely like a cartoon character!  It’s an odd switch in tone, but I sort of like it and it helps contrast the bloody battle earlier in the comic.
The first issue to Ame-Comi Girls did a nice job setting up the first heroine to appear in the series and giving us a hint for things to come with the little part at the end of it.  It’s a colorful, funny, and rather enjoyable comic overall and I look forward to reading it as more issues come out.  Though I hope you don’t mind your superheroes in skimpy attire.

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