"Danger Doll Squad: Galactic Gladiators #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone
Written by Jason Martin with Dan Mendoza and Bryan Seaton
Illustrated by Winston Young
Colored by Sean Callahan
2018, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on April 4th, 2018
Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and DollFace joined forces to fight back space vampires who had invaded a virtual landscape. Now they're reunited again, this time not by choice, to head into space to battle a cosmic threat. This is unlike anything these girls have faced before and there's an entirely new challenge that arises. Can the Danger Doll Squad work together once more to stop these menace? Or will they kill each other first?
Danger Doll Squad: Galactic Gladiators starts out with glimpses into each of the main characters' lives, but things are back to normal. They're experiencing the best possible alternative to what their world has become. Janey isn't undead and her father and boyfriend are still alive. Katie is crashing at M.I.T. and experimenting. Lila is back with her family in Salem in 1693. The twist is they all remember their supernatural lives before. It's just that this is all just too good. It's just too good to be true though.
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When we pull back and witness what's really going on, it's a chilling setup in the far reaches of space. It's a strange combination of a number of sci-fi tropes that come together well. Eagle-eyed readers will find a number of Easter Eggs and homages to popular films from the genre. I won't spoil the final reveal from this issue, but I will say it presents an interesting and humorous angle to the story.
Each of the main characters' personalities are perfectly captured here, both in the story and the artwork. They all bring something different to the table which makes for a fun meshing of attitudes. Artist Winston Young bounces between all of them well, highlighting the qualities that make them special, both in their energy and the cheesecake imagery. Yes, there are a bunch of boobs and butts on display and that's certainly an aspect of this series. Danger Doll Squad moves past that to some crazy sci-fi action.
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Much of this debut issue of Danger Doll Squad: Galactic Gladiators is setup. We haven't seen the full scope open up just yet. As such, it feels like there's not a lot to this comic as you can breeze right through it. It does work as a nice introduction to Zombie Tramp, Vampblade, and DollFace that anyone can jump into, even if they didn't read the previous series or the individual titles. There's more than enough to dig into for your average sci-fi fan. The horror elements are a little lighter so far, but they're making their presence known by the end of the issue in a rather disturbing way.