Monday, August 14, 2017

Review - Danger Doll Squad #0 (@ActionLabDanger)


Zombie Tramp, Vampblade and DollFace are each very powerful characters who deal with all manner of evil. Bringing them all together in a story is an inevitability which is why Action Lab Danger Zone is doing just that in Danger Doll Squad #0. The issue is written by Jason Martin (with Dan Mendoza and Bryan Seaton), illustrated by Celor, Marco Maccagni and Winston Young, colored by Richard Garcia, Jason Martin, Christ Northrop and Valentina Pucci and lettered by Justin Birch.

Danger Zone has three popular monthly titles each starring different deadly ladies, and now for the first time, all three girls come together in one book! Danger Doll Squad #0 is the fuse that ignites the explosive upcoming series featuring Zombie Tramp, Vampblade and DollFace!

Martin is aiming for Danger Doll Squad #0 to be a the launching point for the crossover that brings together Zombie Tramp, Vampblade and DollFace and to some extent it is. The biggest issue though is that Martin spends the entire issue introducing the characters to readers. In its defense, it is a zero issue so there really isn't a lot expected to happen, but Martin focuses really on reiterating the origins of each of the characters and some of their original encounters. The approach is somewhat disparate and feels disjointed which makes the point at the end where they're all together slightly confusing. Martin's dialogue does its best to prime the reader correctly, but there's just a lot of information being thrown at the reader in the issue.

The artwork duties are split among three artists, all of whom do a pretty solid job with the characters. Each of the three lead characters all sport the looks that they're known for and seeing them on the same page does look slick. The "origin" stories are essentially updated renderings of what happened for each of the characters when readers were first introduced to them. Celor, Maccagni and Young give the book an anthology feel with the way their artwork comes together. And the colors by Garcia, Martin, Northrop and Pucci are spot-on when it comes to finishing the look of each of the characters.

Danger Doll Squad #0 is very much a set-up issue; unfortunately, what's being set-up is a little murky. Zombie Tramp, Vampblade and DollFace have all been built up as strong characters in their own right so watching them come together should be interesting. Martin's script is about half history lesson and half laying the groundwork for potential storyline. The artwork is a good fit for the tone of the book and all of the artists do a great job of mixing and matching the looks of the different characters. Danger Doll Squad #0 is likely aimed more at fans of any (or all) of the three main characters, but it's created in a way that attempts to make it a bit more accessible.

Danger Doll Squad #0 is available now.

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