Evil Geek Book Report – Indie Spotlight: Geek Girl #0
Good morning goyles and ghouls. Today I am going to be stepping out of my comfort zone, and joining the ranks of the other geeks and do a comic review. Normally, I save these for my fellow contributors, mainly because I love reading their reviews, but this time I thought I would do the reviewing. SO let’s get to it.
Last week, I received a copy of Geek Girl from our fearless leader, and decided to take a gander. It’s a digital comic, which I normally do not do, mainly because I enjoy having physical copies of things. I know, but I’m keeping print alive. Geek Girl is a title I can get behind (don’t even think about it.) It has two of my favorite things; Geeks and Girls, so I figured it would be right up my alley. I dove in.
The cover is a very nicely (albeit scantily) drawn depiction of a bespectacled girl flying through the air, which got me immediately interested. I scrolled down and began to read. The first thing that hits me about this comic is that it is rather bubbly. Not in a bad way, but the art and facial expressions seem to belay a sense of fun, rather than the grim worlds I inhabit in my usual media. The first page introduces us to our heroine Ruby, and a few other supporting characters, mainly Summer, her friend. We also meet an apparent super powered glasses creator named Trevor, who ironically is very careless with his creation. He leaves it to his buddy to watch while he goes to grab some drinks, which is actually one of the most irresponsible things I’ve ever witnessed. Ruby, being the eavesdropper that she and the rest of us are, hears that they are super powered and wants them for herself. Not in a malicious fashion, but how many of us out there wouldn’t want a pair of super power glasses? Which in turn sets off a series of events, and she acquires the glasses. Which now in hindsight, Trevor never deserved in the first place considering how easily he lost them. Boy genius? Or lucky idiot? You be the judge.
The story itself is actually just a set up for future issues, so there really wasn’t that much going on. If I could compare it to anything, it would be the beginning of any super hero movie where the main characters are introduced, and the plot line is set up. It is a necessary evil. If there was one thing I could pick out for critique however, is the dialogue. I didn’t care for it much. It sounded at times as if all of the characters were speaking lines that a horny teenager would say. Sometimes even acting like it. The panel where Ruby and Summer make out was unneeded, although I do understand why it was in there. For a guy, that is a perfect distraction, but felt forced. Trevor’s buddy is also kind of an asshole and at one point, sounds like he could be a future sex offender. That is remedied however with a nice game of cards. Which I appreciated(the card game, not the other thing.) Arthur isn’t prude, but I can tell when someone has some underlying issues. The dialogue between the female characters sounds rather petty and mean at points as well. I understand that this is someone’s hard work, but the conversations need to be polished a bit before future releases. If the story goes the way that I think the author is attempting to convey, and the dialogue gets cleaned up a bit, this could have the potential to be a sleeper hit. Dialogue aside, the story does set itself for future releases and I can definitely see myself getting interested in Ruby’s adventures.
The art of the comic itself is rather solid. The female characters particularly. Not in the way that you may be thinking either. In most comics, women are depicted as very voluptuous and endowed, sometimes even beyond belief (I love you Starfire). This one however has makes them seem like normal women. Which I really enjoyed. The men however seemed a little off for some reason. Sometimes seeming oddly shaped, and others kind of angular. It feels as if the artist took a bit more care with drawing the women rather than the men. Not a huge issue, but it tends to be noticeable. Overall though the art is nicely done and definitely conveys the settings and characters being laid down in the text.
I am not sure if I could really recommend this one just yet, mainly because it feels like playing a demo before getting the whole game. You can’t really review an entire creation based on a few minutes of it. I know I will most likely read future issues, just to see where it goes, but I would suggest waiting until then to have a more meaty book to read.
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