Danger Girl: Revolver #1
Story by Andy Hartnell and Art by Chris Madden
If you’re unfamiliar with the Danger Girl franchise, let me lay it out for you. You know how there’s always super hot chicks in spy movies? Well, Danger Girl focuses on those hot chicks but they’re also badass super spies too. This particular new series starts off with an agent named Johnny, taking full advantage of a spa with scantily clad ladies in Venice, Italy. He’s forgotten a wedding mission he is tackling with Agent Abbey, who luckily, has disguised herself as the bride to gain possession of the ring they were tracking. Abbey escapes from numerous gun-toting enemies on horseback and jumps on to the getaway boat Johnny has prepared. They are soon saved by Agent Sydney and complete the mission. The scene switches to a yacht, where the three girls (Val, Sydney, and Abbey) meet up with their mentor Deuce and an old friend of his, Veronica Fox. Veronica lays out the girls’ next mission: find out the mystery behind a Peruvian corpse with the help of contact, Nathan Wilde. The catch? Nathan is Abbey’s ex-fiance. Andy Hartnell paces the story very well and since he’s co-creator of Danger Girl (along with one of my all time favorite artists, J. Scott Campbell), I think that gives him extra reason to take care with his story.
I like Chris Madden’s art most of the time. I get annoyed by all the silly embellishments on the calves, noses, and chins of the characters but for the most part it’s good stuff. The women are voluptuous and usually clothed and I only counted one ridiculous pose. This is one of his very first comics (the other being Jack Avarice is The Courier) so I’m definitely interested to see what else he churns out.
My vote on Danger Girl is GET IT. Obviously, the story flows a teensy bit better if you’re familiar with the franchise but I think it’s new reader friendly too.