So Titan has this comic. Sally of the Wasteland. If this was from any other company or if they presented it any other way I might have just passed over it thinking it was exploitative. But they’ve given it the “grindhouse” treatment which though by definition is exploitative it’s usually done in an acceptable tongue in cheek way. Is this tongue in cheek? Let’s take a look!
Synopsis from Titan:
“Southern Louisiana, 82 years after the Fall. The apocalypse has come and gone, leaving behind a withered, ravaged landscape of wreckage and mutant crawfish.
Still, you gotta laugh, and Sally does, often using her beloved shotgun, Bertha, as the punchline!
Inspired more by lust than common sense, and by a teenage desire to protect Tommy, the object of her desires, Sally leaves her bar job and joins the deranged crew of the Mississippi Duchess on a mission into the remains of New Orleans.
Saving the remains of civilisation plays second best to keeping her sweetheart safe as our smart and sexy princess of the wild frontier runs a gauntlet of gigantic genetic freaks and roving gangs of blood-hungry barbarians!
The ever-so-cute but ever-so-slightly-insane Sally is the wayward daughter of writer Victor Grishler (X-Men, Angel & Faith, Noir) and artistic up-and-comer Tazzio Bettin.
This first issue in a fantastic new series proves Armageddon can be fun!“[sic]
The impression I got from the synopsis is sort of a post-apocalyptic Harley Quinn on safari. But Harley’s known (as of late) for her depth of character. Can they pull off a character that’s crazy and likeable but not a Harley Quinn or Deadpool in a skirt knock off?
There’s definitely a story here, and a bunch of interesting characters. Sally seems more of a three-dimensional nut-job and not one-dimensional eye candy. It’s only four pages but there’s plot, interesting interaction between characters, and action. Granted “Tommy” does seem a little simple but no more simple than any of the hundreds of female love interests we’ve been subjected to in media through the years. To be honest I hope he stays simple, it would be nice for the guy to just be a plot device for a change. Guess we’ll just have to read it and see!
I recently asserted that if you walked into a comic shop, dug through all the issues you could find, ripped out one page, I could tell from that one page whether I thought the book was good. With that in mind I have to say Sally of the Wasteland will be a really good book. I hope we get an advance copy so we can give you a full review.
SALLY OF THE WASTELAND #1
Writer Victor Grishler
Artist Tazzio Bettin
On sale: July 30, 2014
Previews Order Code: APR141391
Ask about the Variant Cover by TIM SEELEY (Hack/Slash)!