The Danger Girls are back – and this time, they’re in Shanghai, China, tracking a female operative that’s up to no good. The big problem? She’s got a briefcase that’s clearly both powerful and unstable, and team leader and legendary spy, Deuce, won’t tell them what’s inside – so they don’t really know what they’re dealing with. Abbey and the Danger Girl team play a game of salugi with the briefcase for a little while, but can they hold onto it, or will the target get it back?
We get off to a good start with this issue; dropped into the middle of a situation, but with enough exposition to figure out what’s going on. I like this kind of storytelling when it’s done well, especially with an action-adventure book, because it allows me as a reader to hit the ground running. Andy Hartnell is such a fixture on Danger Girl as a co-creator, that he knows the team well enough to be able to do this in a way that lets the reader cruise right on into the action. For new readers to the series, he gives us a quick rundown on the major players by introducing the Danger Girl team members and their assignments on this mission. You don’t need much more to enjoy this issue – prior knowledge is nice, but unnecessary.
Harvey Tolibao has art duties on this issue, and it looks good. He did a great job with Danger Girl: Trinity, and here, he’s clearly got the Danger Girl look and feel down, with a lot of movement and action fitting nicely into the panels. The fight scenes are as chaotic as you’d expect them to be, and he uses angles very nicely to give us a shifting perspective.
Overall, I’m very happy with the first issue of The Chase, which hit shelves today. If you didn’t pick a copy up for yourself, head on over to the comic book store and check it out. Add it to your pull list, if this is your thing – Danger Girl hasn’t let me down yet.
Here are a few sample pages, to whet your appetite:
DANGER GIRL: THE CHASE #1
Writer: Andy Hartnell
Artist: Harvey Tolibao
Cover Artist: Dan Panosian
Cover Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: JUL130323