The main story of this comic, The Flying She-Devils: Raid on Marauder Island, concerns a group of female air pirates in the South Pacific in the wake of World War II. Honestly, for me, that much alone is enough to sell me on this comic. Others may need more convincing, though, so I’ll expand on it a bit.
The Flying She-Devils are based in a large cave on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. They routinely fly out to plunder the surrounding area, but there’s just one problem: There’s hardly anything left in the surrounding area to plunder. Faced with impending death by starvation, their options are either to give up or to attempt a massive, highly dangerous job against the most notorious air pirate out there. Obviously, if they chose the first option, there wouldn’t be much of a story.
There’s also another, smaller story in the second part of this comic, called The Sparrow. It concerns an elite British agent during WWII who’s been tasked with protecting the British crown by sabotaging a new Nazi weapon. Both of these stories are immense fun. I’m definitely hooked and eager to find out what happens next.
Real Science Adventures is apparently a spinoff from an online comic called Atomic Robo. Both The Sparrow and the She-Devils are characters whom robot superhero Atomic Robo encountered on his adventures. The creators of the comic felt these characters were too good to let go and decided to explore them further in Real Science Adventures. I certainly understand the impulse and have done the same thing with my own writing many a time.
Fortunately, you don’t need to have any familiarity with Atomic Robo or his adventures in order to enjoy this comic. They stand on their own and are both incredibly fun and engaging all the way through. Both stories are written by Brian Clevinger, though each has its own artist. Lo Baker does the Flying She-Devils, while Wook Jin Clark draws The Sparrow. This helps to give each story its own distinct visual style.
All in all, I think this is one of the best comics I’ve read in a long time. I highly recommend it, and I can’t wait to read more.