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Lady Zorro Shows Some Spunk, But Could Go Farther…

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Lady Zorro Shows Some Spunk, But Could Go Farther...

My experience with the Zorro franchise is limited to a few minutes of old movies and a few minutes of Antonio Banderas. I’ve got the basic idea (although really, who doesn’t? It’s Zorro, for Pete’s sake), but no deep understanding of the story line. I had no idea who Lady Zorro is or how she relates to Zorro.

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Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t answer the question of her identity, although the first page refers back to Zorro Rides Again. Not having that at my disposal, I was a bit of a loss; I’m always a little disappointed when an issue #1 requires previous knowledge. Lady Zorro’s feisty spirit made amends for this. She’s got reasons for anger: the Spanish army killed her family. And yet, because Zorro tells her to, she puts aside her hatred to work with an army officer to recover the Chumash Eagle Axe. I have some issues with how quickly she capitulates (and that she quickly falls for said army officer with seemingly little reason), but I have to say that the fight scenes in this issue deliver. The artwork for the fight between Lady Zorro and the general’s wife is almost cinematic in scope, and when I reached the final panel of the fight my jaw actually dropped and I said, “Ooh, that didn’t happen!” Ray Villegas has an excellent knack for how to show an action scene without relying on comic book fight clichés.

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I have high hopes for the rest of the series. It has a lot of potential, although I really hope that the otherwise kick-ass female protagonist becomes less likely to rely on men as the story progresses. It seems a shame for someone who fights so well to be relegated to swooning Harlequin romance heroine. I give this one 3.5 out of 5 Lightning Bolts.

LADY ZORRO #1
Writer: Alex de Campi
Artist: Rey Villegas
Colorist: Morgan Hickman
Letterer: Alex De Campi
Cover Artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
Publisher: Dynamite
Format: Comic
Release Date: 7/16/14
Price: $3.99

About Author

Julie Hegner has been descending the geek rabbit hole since she watched her first episode of Star Trek at age eight. A longtime fan of Trek, Who, X-Files, and the Whedonverse, it was only a matter of time until hanging out with other geek girls and repeatedly watching Tom Hiddleston led her to the awesomeness of comics. She takes a special joy in reading about ladies who kick ass, but in general anything with a good storyline floats her boat. You can tweet @julz91 on Twitter.

1 Comment

  1. Clearly at least the cover is still made for barely pubescent fan boys who can’t get a date. Much as I still love to oggle a beautiful female form, if they really want to make a powerful female lead, they should really lead off with a less porno cover art. The comic itself seems more sanely drawn… I hold high the hopes that our leading female action hero types can be more normal while they are still exciting and attractive. There are some great examples, and they are becoming more evident, but it must be hard when the press still focuses on how hot they look in their cat suit rather than the importance of their strong character choices. Go Lady Zorro!

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