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posted November 22, 2005
Jonathan Luna, Joshua Luna
Image Comics, 28 pages, $2.99, 2005
I found previous issues of the sci-fi horror title Girls
so dull that for a while I stopped reading individual issues as I came across them. The story involves a small town visited by aliens (or things alien-like) that take the form of beautiful women. Our protagonist has woman troubles; his town is filled by supporting characters who to various degrees embody stereotypical male-female relationships. The beautiful women characters interact with the town members by screwing them (the men) or trying to kill them (the women). Like that plot description, nothing in the way the comic has developed signals anything more than bad cable movie on paper, an excuse to draw cheesecake and say supposedly funny things about the way the ladies baffle we ordinary fellas. The art isn't stylized enough to add a layer of satire or secondary interest on its own; the writing is way too earnest to be scanned in anything other than a straightforward way.
Issue #7 is slightly better than early installments for two reasons. The first is a set piece that despite its much too melodramatic staging ends up being kind of disturbing: the collapse of a high, concrete bridge into the water taking cars and people with it. The second is that most of the naturalistic back and forth has been jettisoned for the full-bore lunacy of people being attacked by naked, hot-lookin' babes, or, when they're absent, people owning up to having had sex with them. I can't imagine any of this ends well -- not that I'm projecting a nihilistic ending of naked, hot-lookin' babes winning out over the core of our plucky cast, mind you, although that might make the series worth buying. No, I imagine that the main characters will eventually assert some modicum of control over the situation, and there may even be a lesson learned. At that point, I'll probably have stopped reading again.