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Geek Girl #2
Markosia Comics
Writer - Sam Johnson
Artist - Carlos Granda
Colorist - Chunlin Zhao
Letterer - Micah Myers


This isn't the first time I've talked about Geek Girl (See EP - 148) and I had some harsh critiques for it the first time around.  Issue #2 see's some improvement and introduces some new mysteries to the series.

We join Ruby (Geek Girl) and her best friend Summer as they are watching the news reports about the new super villain in town, Lightning Storm, and the injury updates on the two heroes, Neon Girl and Pit Bull, who were hurt during their fight with her.  Now the city is depending on Geek Girl to save the day.  Ruby only has one thought on the matter, let's forget about all the bad and get drunk.  I don't blame her; new at being a hero and you have to go up against a super villain who's already taken out two heroes...yeah I'm taking a time-out also.

The heart of this issue revolves around Ruby's own insecurities about being a good hero and feeling confident/sexy with her new powers.  We also get introduced to a new girl with a Cybernetic eye that shocks no one other than the fact they think she's being attention seeking.  I'm just going to assume it's a common occurrence for uncommon things to happen in this city.  Cybereye also has an unhealthy "date-rapey" attraction for Ruby and knows that she is Geek Girl.  To be fair though, it's been yelled like two or three times in the club so I'm sure everyone knows who she is...so much for secret identity.

Also in this issue we follow up on events from issue #1 involving a guy named Rick who Geek Girl saved a waitress from.  She punched him hard enough to crack his face, but normal people's faces don't crack like ceramic nor do they just randomly wisp away like they're being sucked up by an invisible vacuum cleaner.  I'm going to say something isn't right with Rick and that might be the focus of where the story heads next.

Overall though I do feel like there is an improvement over issue #1 in issue #2.  I like the panel layout better and the interactions between Ruby and Summer flow nicer.  I still feel awkward about the "Party Girl" dialogue but maybe that's because I'm not much of a "Party Girl" or Party Anyone" myself.  Also, this issue really does just forgets about Lightning Storm and the other heroes and looks to be moving in a different direction.  I'm sure they will come back up eventually.  The artwork is solid this issue and expressive in conversations which I am a big fan of.  I like art that helps tell the story just as easily as if it is using words. Granda also does a great job of capturing the feel of a club with the lighting and feeling of being crowded. I'm still struggling to relate to Ruby right now.  The whole being uncomfortable in your own skin thing does resonate with me but it still feels a little disconnected. Maybe I'm still just caught up on the name of her alter-ego, "Geek Girl".  She's done nothing "geeky" and the only reason I can tell, or the comic really gives, is that Summer thinks she looks like a geek with the glasses and is a bit uncoordinated with her new-found powers. Despite that I still enjoyed my read through of Geek Girl #2.

My final rating on this issue: C

 It is a fine super hero comic that does have a bit of charm to it.  Pick it up if you're looking for something a little different than what the Big 2 have to offer.



 

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