By Andy Hartnell, Harvey Tolibao, and Romulo Fajardo
IDW has published a new Danger Girl mini-series that is written by one of the co-creators of the franchise. From an outsider perspective, the series seems to have a similar concept as Charlie’s Angels. Instead of three women, there are four and they have a male handler, similar to Angels’ John Bosley. The premiere issue sets up the fairly straightforward premise for the series. It begins with the four agents handling an operation to recover a briefcase. Of course, the mission becomes compromised and all hell breaks loose. The briefcase falls in the hands of a villainess and the team must chase after her. How cliché is that?!
Being that Andy Hartnell is a co-creator, there was potential for this series. He does an excellent job of providing the exposition of who the girls are and how they operate as a team. It seems almost as if you are watching an espionage TV show. Yet, as you read the issue (took me three times to get through it) you can’t help but feel that this is unoriginal and, ultimately, boring. There are questions set up that are to be answered throughout the story, such as what is in the briefcase and what does the villainess know about Danger Girl, but they are not enough to engage the reader.
Artist Harvey Tolibao does a fine job with the layout and character designs. If you like buxom women, then this title is for you. The layouts are standard except for when events escalate. In those sequences he angles the panels or incorporates a different format. Those pages did an excellent job of matching the tone of the story. The colors of the primary characters and actions pop vividly. Background characters are left in muted colors and with less variation, which is fine because this allows us to focus on what the artist and writer feel is vital to the story. All around a nice collaborative effort between the writer and the artists.
If you like espionage stories then perhaps this title is for you, but don’t expect this to break any of the genre conventions or be inventive. Based on the first issue, the content will more than likely be spoon-fed to the reader. Sad to say, but this looks to be another generic title.