"Danger Doll Squad #2" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone
Written by Jason Martin with Dan Mendoza and Bryan Seaton
Illustrated by Marco Maccagni
Colored by Marcelo Costa
2017, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on November 8th, 2017
The Necronomicon has been digitized and is now powering a techno virus that threatens to destroy the world. It's up to the combined powers of Zombie Tramp, VampBlade, and Doll Face to stop it. Can these three buxom beauties fight back this dreaded necro tech?
Danger Doll Squad is quickly turning into a dirtier version of Ready Player One. The three women are guided by Ivan, a super smart yet pervy ghost who constructed the virtual world they're running through. As such, he's packed the place with references to all sorts of pop culture and throws in more with his dialogue for good measure.
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The highlight of this pop culture bonanza occurs when the girls have to tread through Ivan's browser history and encounter weaponized Kaijumon porn. Think Pokemon crossed with Godzilla. There are several that are pretty close to their Pokemon counterparts. If you grew up watching the cartoon or playing the video games and you've got a dark sense of humor, you'll probably enjoy seeing a version of Blastoise getting eviscerated.
Artist Marco Maccagni delivers on the non-stop action. Every scene gets bigger and bolder. It can make this a very quick read, so try to take the time to soak it all in. It's fast-paced and expertly choreographed with otherworldly enemies. The Kaijumon are just some of the monsters the women battle.
Maccagni captures the essence of each of the main characters. Doll Face is nothing but wide-eyed optimism and energy. Zombie Tramp is an exposed nerve of supernatural energy. VampBlade is somewhere in between. Of the three, Doll Face is most at home in this world due to the nature of her abilities. Her arsenal is stored here, allowing her to pull from a variety of different weapons as needed. This gives her some of the biggest and impressive action scenes, as she practically turns herself into a giant laser cannon to blow away her enemies.
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Although the artwork is top notch, the story leaves something to be desired. It's all style without a lot of substance. The women bounce from one obstacle to the next, destroying everything in their path. All of this looks pretty cool and for fans of each of the characters, you'll probably find a lot to enjoy. It's just that it's not doing much to advance any of their stories at this time. Wouldn't it be cool if we got all three of these characters together? The answer is yes, but then what?
Danger Doll Squad is like a pop culture fueled Tron with boobs. It's an adventure through cyber space starring three of Action Lab: Danger Zone's signature characters. It's over-the-top and completely bonkers, but it's constantly fun.