Grim_Noir Reviews AND Previews DC’S New(er) Universe

Ame-Comi Girls

Title: Ame-Comi Girls

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray

Covers: Amanda Conner, Sanford Greene, Ted Naifeh, Emanuela Luppacchino

Variant Wonder Woman Cover by Dustin Nguyen

Art: Amanda Conner, Tony Akins, Sanford Greene, Ted Naifeh, Mike Bowden, Santi Casas

Additional Inks: Walden Wong

Colorists: Paul Mounts, Randy Mayor

Letterers: Wes Abbott

Published by DC Comics

Reviewed by Grim_Noir

  • Steve Trevor is a Greek mythology geek for the military, NOT a fighter pilot?
  • Jim Gordon in a wheelchair?
  • Natalie Irons is Steel?
  • Power Girl’s and Supergirl’s fathers deliberately destroyed Krypton?

Are these DCnU plot twists since Flashpoint? I wish! THESE, my friends, are the innovations that Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (All Star Western) invented for their Ame-Comi Girls universe.

I saw that! Yes, that: The eyeball rolling and the deep sigh.

True, the anime tradition of “fan service” has given this series a certain “good girl” cheesecake factor that is impossible to ignore. However, the entire spectrum of Feminism is represented here (even the factions that can’t agree with each other): You have Wonder Woman, who feels that the customary diplomatic outfits of Themyscira are too degrading for a warrior to wear. You have Power Girl embracing her keyhole-unitard sexuality. And then, you have Batgirl completely clad head-to-toe with no exposed skin whatsoever.

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Women are the only superheroes in this entire galaxy. ALL of these ladies are in power positions. This Kara is in charge of a foundation donating Kryptonian technology to the (mostly) grateful people of earth. This Barbara Gordon has her own Batcave. And, this Diana would rather go to war than negotiate with countries infested with men.

UDON Entertainment Corporation‘s original statue designs were very “manga-ized,” but thanks to Amanda Connors and a stable of talented artists, these designs allow for a very broad range of emotion. There is a verve here that I feel their current male counterparts in the standard DC Universe are too stiff to convey.

Unfortunately, the dialogue can be frustrating as it swings from chuckle-inducing to cringe-inducing in the space of a panel. For example, after a cop fails to heed Diana’s warning not to touch her lasso of truth, she remarks, “Typical male. Unable to follow even the simplest instructions,” and it feels right. In the next issue, Barbara Gordon refers to Harley Quinn as “riding the short bus” directly to Harley’s face and it feels unnecessarily mean-spirited and out of character. It is something I pray the writers will fix soon. I am sure the breakneck pace of a weekly online comic has not allowed them the luxury to look back and realize their problems in this area.

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Yeah, Palmiotti’s and Gray’s grrrl-centric world is wildly uneven and (at first blush) difficult to defend. But, it is also packed with creativity and energy to burn. Like the Young Justice cartoon series, this is a story where anything can happen, nothing is off the table and not one thing has been locked down as canon.

Frankly, not only is their sandbox a lot more interesting than the DCnU revamp, it’s also a lot more fun to play in. I can only hope more writers and artists will be given a chance to frolic in this froth.

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(The online Ame-Comi Girls is available at comiXology. The prequel character stories are still available in floppies at your local comic shop. And the new ongoing print series that continues the girls’ battle with Brainiac starts Wednesday, March 6, 2013.)

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