Written by Sam Johnson
Illustrated by Carlos Granda
Coloured by Chunlin Zhao
Lettered by Paul McLaren
After 'Little Miss Popular' Ruby Kaye landed a pair of power-inducing super-tech glasses from her college's resident brainiac, Ruby alienated the majority of her clique while klutzily trying to demonstrate her newfound abilities – accidentally knocking drinks over their expensive designer dresses. Her BFF Summer James was into what Ruby could do now, though – and pushed her into trying to be a super-hero – jokily giving her the moniker 'Geek-Girl,' following her actions. In a desperate fight to save her city of Maine from mysterious new villain Lightning Storm, Ruby gave her all... and neither she nor Lightning Storm were left standing... Now, new-crooks-on-block The League of Larcenists look to grow in number and capitalize on the hole in law enforcement left by Lightning Storm. And in Ruby's absence, Summer has picked up the glasses and taken on the mantle of Geek-Girl...
Alright folks it makes me really happy to see volume up and running and that Markosia believes in it like I do. From this issue alone I see how Sam’s writing ability has grown stronger and more confident not to mention how he’s structuring the book and the ease of how it flows through it’s pages. This is what I always talk about you see the potential in someone’s work and then watch it grow and blossom into something strong and beautiful.
Honestly at first I hadn’t realised what was happening here until I realised that Ruby wasn’t this Geek-Girl. So if you are returning for this volume, which why wouldn’t you be, there’s a perfect refresher and for those that are finding this for the first time then it’s a great jumping on point. There’s enough backstory and information given so that we can be completely up to date with everything that’s going on here. I think that from all angles the way Sam approached it is extremely well done and makes for one of the better first issues of any volume.
The characterisation is incredible to see as the use of dialogue and situations are aptly able to define the characters. I like that Ruby has visitors in the hospital though they are still bitches at least they care, vapid creatures have a soft side but it’s more the support of Ruby that impressed me. Plus Summer is now donning the costume while Ruby recuperates, hopefully, and when she comes to the hospital it’s nice to see the girls trying to freeze her out keeping up appearances after all is everything right?
The interiors are incredibly delightful and I some ways remind me of Todd Nauck’s work from his creator owned Wildguard. So I am honestly loving how it comes together here and the style is classic in so many ways that it perfectly lends itself to the book. Carlos uses the varying weight of the linework to create this attention to detail that kind makes you comfortable and easily a part of the story. The utilisation of the page layouts with how we see the angles and perspective showcase a very nice solid eye for storytelling. Backgrounds are utilised well and do what they should and that’s expand the moments, expand the world and enhance the scenes.
Pit Bull and Geek-Girl have their thing going on and while I am on the fence with him, how he acts and how he comes across, he’s right about one thing and it’s not something we want to think about. Also his portrayal makes me want a mini-series of his won so i can get to know him better. I am honestly so very impressed with the writing, dialogue, story & plot development as we see Sam’s vision of this city Maine and what he wants us to see. Add to that these great interiors and you need to know that this is what you should be reading from Markosia and it's available at www.geekgirlcomics.com and Comixology..
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