‘Molly Danger: Volume 1’ – Advance Hardcover Review (Powerpuff Girls in a Fascist World)

Hi, everyone.  I’ve been enjoying a lovely vacation, but my editor insisted I get back to work.  I’ve missed you.  Anyway, Molly Danger is written and pencilled by Jamal Igle.  He’s a DC guy, predominantly (Firestorm, Super Girl, and a bunch of single issues).  He dabbles in animation (CGI) and has done some work with others (Marvel), as well.  Good stuff.  He’s pretty notable – if you don’t know him, you’ve probably seen his art and not known it.

Anyway, Molly Danger is a cool book.  I know you loved The Powerpuff Girls (Who didn’t?!), and if you’re anything like me, your Bubbles Doll is a little . . . well used.  The good news is the titular character of this series is a 10-year-old girl with all super strength, invulnerability, and reflexes, and stuff.  So, you can retire your Bubbles doll . . . or take a break anyway, you freak. 

But, here’s where things get interesting.  Instead of a cute Mayor, a lovable professor, and saccharine school days, Molly is "handled" by a government organization.  She isn’t allowed friends, personal connections, or even basic choices.  She is called in to fight bad guys, and if she “breaks protocol,” she’s grounded.  Oh, and she’s actually 30 years old, but doesn’t age . . . so she’s, like, 10.

The story is interesting (if not all that surprising), as she begins bucking the system to make a friend.  This will lead to conflict, and conflict sells comics.  It’ll sell Molly Danger anyway, as I’ll be buying more.  It’s good.

The art is awesome.  You can tell Jamal spent 20(+/-) years pencilling art for Marvel, DC, and others. It's a clean, modern comic with glossy pictures.  Good stuff.  Like slipping into a familiar bathrobe type art.  You’ll like it – it won’t change your life, but not every comic does, and Jamal does a great job of keeping readers engaged both with the art, but also the story.

By the way, the story and writing is compelling. I think we can expect Jamal to start writing a lot more if this is an indication of his talent.
So, buy the comic.  I know it’s not all Grimm’s Fairy Tales with hot chicks (or men, I guess) all over it, and it’s not Arkham with darkness and desolation, but it is a comic that will get you thinking and keep you engaged. And, it’s clearly not aimed at 10 year olds, because there is some good angst and some solid complexity to work through. Although, it’s safe for kids if you happen to be one.  Read it – you’ll see.

- Simply Jack

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