It Girl and The Atomics – Review
Review: It Girl and The Atomics
It Girl and The Atomics is a spin-off from Mike Allred’s superteam book The Atomics–itself a spin-off from his Madman Comics: a book I liked at first but that didn’t sustain my interest enough to keep me buying, partly because of the simplistic innocence of the lead character. I dug the universe Allred created enough to be looking forward to checking out its latest title, though–which, from my impression of it ahead of reading the book, suggested fun, with splashes of quirky/weirdness.
Things kick off un-originally with the eponymous young blond heroine taking down a handbag-snatcher before battling a couple of fellas, who look like they’ve been cloned from Eric Powell’s The Goon, that are beating up a ‘snitch .’ However, there are enough elements in these opening scenes–a post-modern line or two from our heroine, the ridiculous name of her arch-nemesis (LaLa Wah-Wah), that–combined with the subsequent revelation that we’ve actually been watching a video game, played by the real It Girl–raise this above looking like actually being a clichéd and old-fashioned super-hero book, albeit a quirky take on one.
So I took these early scenes as not being too indicative of what was to come, and the subsequent reveal of It Girl’s current loser-like lifestyle as a civilian, and the power her heroine moniker stands for are solid. But her out-of-costume name doesn’t get mentioned, so we still only know her as It Girl, until much later, and then once she’s back in action it’s much the same as the video game (not helped by having the visuals rendered the same way)–and old-fashioned villains and exposition-heavy dialogue are proven to be the order of the day.
The somewhat cartoony artwork of Mike Norton and coloring of Allen Passalaqua are strong, and a nice fit for the book–and things are raised a little again towards the end when It Girl hooks up with her Atomics team-mates, Madman’s girlfriend(?) Josephine, and their scientist-of-dubious-morality benefactor Dr. Flem… But if things are going to continue operating with the postmodern-kitschy take on old-fashioned super-hero stylings that it looks as though they will, I’d want a lot more fun and humor (of which there are little) injected from writer Jamie S. Rich; and what’s been established here with the lead character and her world doesn’t offer enough–despite the cliffhanger ending–to make me want to pick up the second issue.