Geek-Girl is a new independent comic mini-series created by Writer Sam Johnson (The Almighties, Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman) and Illustrator Carlos Granda (Grimm Fairy Tales, Charmed).
The story follows Ruby Kaye, an attractive college coed who has something of a charmed life due to her looks and social status. Overhearing about a spectacular invention by a known brain at the her Maine college, Trevor Goldstein, she decides that it should be hers. The invention in question is a special pair of glasses that grant flight and super-strength. Sound good to be true? Of course it is! This is a comic book. The glasses come with a side effect or two.
The comic kicks off with some action. Characters are loosely established early with a bit of action and intrigue before the titular character begins to explain her own origin. The origin story is thankfully succinct. While Geek-Girl is a new character the superhero origin story is well traveled territory. Geek-Girl’s is perfect. A couple pages with just the right amount of humor to match the tone of the book.
As Geek-Girl goes on a journey to find a flying girl powered with lightning who put her colleague, Neon Girl in the hospital. Not much is said on Neon Girl but enough is introduced that more is to come.
Being a newly christened superhero isn’t Ruby’s only problem. Her old friends don’t know how to handle her powers. Only Summer stays loyal while the rest make her an outcast. Jealousy is likely part of it but with the new found strength, Summer becomes something of a clutz. She doesn’t know how to control her powers. She doesn’t know the limits. It’s something that turns on and off instantaneously as she takes them on and off.
The comic captures the college age pretty well. The version of college everyone wants, we see on TV and in movies, but without being too far removed (or not removed at all in some cases) from the real college experience. Social cliques, excessive drinking, and arguments through avoidance are all extremely prevalent.
One aspect I didn’t expect, but loved, was the inclusion of an established superhero that, there’s no other word for it, is a douchebag. Pitbull is well known and is apparently a hero. He spends all his time in the comic drinking. When he is called into action Geek-Girl is there first and basically just gets in the way.
The biggest piece of advice I can give the creators of this comic, since it shows a fair amount of potential, is to proofread just a bit more.
Geek Girl is a fun comic with some great artwork. The drawings are professional, consistent, and proportional. The coloring is great as well. Geek-Girl may be independently published but it looks every bit as good as books coming out of the major labels. It’s hard to judge the story and longevity of the project based on a single issue but all the right pieces are there. Since Geek-Girl is already stated to be a mini-series and the first issue was so perfectly paced I’d say it’s one for comic fans to check out.