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Grave Grrrls #2

Posted: Friday, June 24, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"Destroyers of the Dead" Act Two

Writer: Scott Licina
Artists: Ken Wolak, Dawn Growszewski and Wally Loe(color assists), Justininio(assists)
Publisher: Midnight Show

Hmmmmn....Well, this issue is slightly better than Grave Grrrls premiere. This is due to the focus moving away from the potty-mouthed Grave Grrrl unfortunately stuck in the bright red wet suit.

The spotlight this issue shines on the third member of the team. Kamikazee is more disciplined and does not need a soap-wash for her mouth. She's in fact terse. Most of her characterization comes from the narration, body language and behavior. A character more based upon the idea of a classic martial artist, Kamikazee also sports a better costume. She wears a sleeveless black leather garment that makes sense, doesn't hamper body movement, doesn't look ridiculous and provides adequate ventilation.

Another interesting aspect of this issue of Grave Grrrls is that it involves a sort of celebrity guest star in the vein of Police Squad the short-lived television series which begat The Naked Gun films. Now this is perhaps a first for comic books. There have been bands that have had their own title--Kiss for instance, but I don't believe there ever was a Spider-Man/Pretenders issue of Marvel Team-Up for example. Some bands have even used a comic book as a means to kick off a career--Bend Sinister from a Frank Miller Spider-Man annual comes to mind. I've actually heard of the Start, and while they are not Rolling Stones big, their appearance in Grave Grrls comes as a pleasant surprise.

Although I see a lot of potential in Grave Grrrls I still can't really get fully behind the title because there's still too much wanting. None of the Grave Grrrls interact with each other in any meaningful or even superficial way, nor do they interact with normal people. Normally I complain about a lack of action in comic books, but Grave Grrrls needs some quiet moments and/or repartee between characters. For example, Charlie's Angels is a massive, kickass action-packed movie, but the Angels behave as friends, talk to each other and have some fun together. The movie slows down the pace a bit to deepen each character and to show their humanity. It's in fact the depth of characterization that makes the sequel's subplot tantamount to the story. Grave Grrrls is filled with gory action but the characters need meat on the bones.



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