Moon Girl #1 Comic Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Story 5.5
Art 8.0
Value    
Total 6.8
Publisher: Red 5
Release Date: TBA
Reviewer: Troy Mayes

6.8


Moon Girl #1

Red 5 begin another new series by reimagining the Golden Age character Moon Girl formerly of EC Comics. Writers Tony Trov and Johnny Zito take readers back to the pulp 1950ís of New York. The press release claims it mixes The Dark Knight and Mad Men so itís got some high expectations to meet. 

Moon Girl is a superhero during the 1950ís. She balances the responsibilities of her super heroics with a job as a nurse. Issue 1 starts with a bang as Moon Girl is taking down her former mentor Satana and a bunch of low level cronies. Such a beginning was good as it set the tone for the comic, thereís a lot of energy and it moves fast, but I never knew who Moon Girl was and after reading the whole of issue 1 I still donít have too much of an idea of who she is and what she can do.  

Outside of not knowing who Moon Girl really is, and feeling like Iíve been dropped into some greater storyline, the plot feels like a classic superhero tale with devious villains and a plot to change the world. Itís unfortunate that even in Moon Girlís other life we arenít given much information about who she is, and while the relentless pace gives the story energy it also compounds the feeling of confusion as your introduced to all these new characters and then quickly move on to something else with no explanation.  

While the storytelling feels all over the place the artwork is really superb. Rhazzah Wundabar captures the action really well. It feels brutal and quick and itís just a great issue to look at. To fulfill that Mad Men claim we probably should have seen a few more cigarettes and martinis but you do feel itís the 50ís and itís kind of glamorous while at the same time being dirty and a bit sleazy. Rhazzah also does something different; heís created a bright and colorful noir world. The way characters are drawn, the way they act and some of the locations are very noir-esque but thereís a lot of color here and energy that is generally missing from noir tales. It was refreshing and further helped Rhazzahís beautifully painted pages standout from the crowd. The lettering, on the other hand, was almost a throwback to the old Batman TV show with the onomatopoeia a bit of an eyesore enveloped in crazy colors and imposing itself on the artwork.  

Moon Girl #1 is glamorous and decadent at the same time. Thereís the filthy underbelly of The Dark Knight mixed in with the swinging, sexy workplace of Mad Men. Itís just a shame that the story telling was all over the place and left the reader really confused. It was a very pretty issue to look at but not an easy one to follow. A tale of two books Moon Girl might be one worth waiting on to see how it pans out.






 
 



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