Telling a backstory for Abbey Chase makes a lot of sense; hell, the James Bond films are revealing his secret backstory these days — so why not Abbey? A character that can speak multiple languages, fight like a ninja and be completely fearless must have a storied childhood. Last issue we learned a little more about Abbey when she was a kid and now we’re watching her as a teenager.
Is it good?
Danger Girl: Renegade #2 (IDW Publishing)
Abbey has some bad men chasing her across the globe. Meanwhile she just wants to find her father. This issue takes us to a time when she decides she wants to learn how to fight and then gives us a big heist sequence as she and her team take down a Portuguese sex trade kingpin.
Why does this comic book matter?
Danger Girl continues to deliver Indiana Jones level action and adventure. The first issue of this miniseries showed us the art can be top notch and seeing Abbey’s backstory is nearly as good as the latest Uncharted videogame. It wasn’t the most jam-packed issue when it came to story but it established some great stuff.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Writer Andy Hartnell opens the book with a fun action sequence featuring one of the many folks trying to keep Abbey alive before she becomes a badass herself. This scene flows perfectly into the big heist later as it explores her agreeing to learn multiple languages and then using one of them. The action is fun and showcases a nice moment for Abbey to continue being a hero.
Abbey has a new team this go around and they’re of the appearance of some not so squeaky clean dudes. One looks like he’s straight out of Duck Dynasty and hilariously (inexplicably) ends up taking off his clothes for some reason. These characters are a fun little addition even if they don’t get much time on the page.
The art by Stephen Molnar continues to be quite good and reminds me of Terry Dodson’s work. He mixes up the layouts too to keep things fun and interesting. There’s one nice half splash page that shows where Abbey’s team is in relation to her as the plan starts to fall into place.
It can’t be perfect can it?
This story continues to move a bit too slowly. It seems to want to progress the big points and reiterate Abbey’s need to find her dad when the best part, seeing Abbey grow up and learn how to be a badass spy, go by the wayside. The issue also spends a lot of time focused on Abbey sulking about her father. It makes her seem a lot less heroic than she should be.
Is It Good?
It’s not bad that’s for certain. The story in this issue flows nicely and progresses the plot well, but doesn’t focus enough on the best part of this series, young Abbey.
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