Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Marvel first announced it, and many discussions about whether the book was good for the industry or not and other aspects of this endeavor. In case you are out of the loop, Girl Comics is an anthology three-issue limited series NOT strictly about female characters (although there is going to be certain tales about the ladies of the Marvel). The book itself is completely created, from start to finish, the writing, the art and the editing, completely done by female creators. The name can be kind of confusing, and I'll admit that while at first I thought the name was kind of stupid, it sure has grown on me.
So will you be buying Girl Comics this Wednesday? Hit the jump to see my initial thoughts on this title.
There's certainly enough talent attached to this title to fill an anthology, with writers like Devin Grayson, Ann Nocenti, and G. Willow Wilson, and artists like Emma Rios and Colleen Coover. Although I am not completely sure who is contributing with who, because there were a whole lot of names thrown around when it was announced, but the preview information seems rather short. For example, I could have sworn that Kathryn Immonen was contributing to this first issue, yet I don't see her name in the preview information, and the preview pages show artwork from Emma Rios, but her nameisn't on the list either.
Seriously, and I know we said it when the news broke, but how awesome is that Amanda Conner cover? I also really like the logo that they went for, as it stands out and is not the typical "name stretched out across the top of the page" logo that most other books have. It gives it an unique and distinct look that this book needs, and it almost looks like a stamp of approval from the editorial team.
The Mixed Bag
As it is with all anthologies, the content is bound to be a mixed bag of quality. Just from the previews, there's a story I see that has me scratching my head as to whether the creators have read any previous Marvel book starring that particular character, and another one with a moment so funny that it had me laughing out loud. In the end, that's part of the appeal of anthologies, even if I have made my thoughts on the anthology dilemma before, I think the ladies behind this anthology will bring a fresh take on some of the characters
Sharing the same format as the recent Strange Tales anthology that Marvel did last year, this book is going to be $4.99 for 48 pages. It is a steep price and I can see many people being put off from this book because of it. I certainly understand the need for a higher price, as there are quite a lot of creators involved with this title, but I can't help to think that the price is going to offset any willingness to spotlight the creators involved in this anthology.
Those are my thoughts on this book as it is about to hit the stands, and expect a full review of it later this week, but what about you, dear readers? Are you planning to buy Girl Comics #1? Let us know in the comment sections.