Action Lab Danger Zone 2017
Written by Dan Mendoza
Illustrated by Marcelo Trom
Coloured by Valentina Pucci
Lettered by Adam Wollet
So there are things that you can get away with when you mark for adults and this is one of em and it isn’t really because there’s nudity or anything but it’s very adult in nature. There’s no more violence than in other titles nor is there that language that’s offensive. There’s just this whole vibe and feel about this book that is just inherently adult and as much fun as you could possibly imagine a comic can be. There’s a magic here that you can’t really pinpoint but everything about this book entertains completely.
Well we the girls are in this one and they encounter a slight problem and it’s one that isn’t what we’d expect it to be. What Dan brings us is that the Leprechaun's serve the nasty witches and are creatures of evil. I’ve always thought of them as mischievous and makers of merriment but here well that’s not the case and as luck would have it now that she’s back Lila’s the target of many a witch and their henchmen. Though I have to say the little guy Fergus (heh heh heh) is great and his thing for shoes yeah spot on.
This is one of those one-shots that doesn’t have to tie-in to the main series so it’s just a random story that’s here to entertain. I mean we do learn about Lila and her past and that she spent time in Ireland. That Riverdancing is actually referred to as Irish Stomp Dancing not to mention at least one way to kill a Leprechaun for good. While we don’t really get to meet the witch behind Fergus at least we know that Lila’s re-emergence is known far and wide now and they’ll be coming after her relentlessly from now on.
I like the interior artwork here and it’s a chance for Marcelo and Valentina a chance to really shine. The outfits Lila finds herself in are creative, fun, flirty and verging on sexy which is a nice thing to see. Fergus is amazing and he’s just cute and deadly. The use of page layouts through angles and perspective are well done. I’d like to see more use of backgrounds because I think they really do wonders for the storytelling aspect of the artwork.
This really is a gem of a find and it’s something that you need to be reading. The concept, premise and execution here are fantastic! If you want to escape reality for a bit and enjoy some over the top different kind of fun this just what the Dr. Ordered!