GLX reviews Avengelyne #1.
Story - Rob Liefeld and Mark Poulton
Script - Mark Poulton
Artists - Owen Gieni and EJ Morges
Colorists - Owen Gieni, Dexter Weeks and Kaezrer
Strippers! Gore! Drugs! Evil homeless men! It's extreme! Well, the comic is presented by Extreme. Despite the comic's best efforts, it's not exciting, but an exercise in tedium.
Avengelyne #1's "adult" elements don't feel mature, so much as they're there for the heck of it. Rob Liefeld and Mark Poulton fail to provide new readers a reason to care about Avengelyne and the other characters that populate the comic. Sure, some might find a holy warrior trapped in the body of an adult star to be fascinating, but the relationship between Avengelyne and those who are a normal part of her host's world feel flat. Her friend is nice, while her boyfriend is a loser; that's all there is to the characters. The wicked forces that exist in the world fail to warrant further study and they don't feel threatening. It feels as if the script exists to please Avengelyne's fans and only her fans.
The art is the highlight of the comic, but that doesn't mean it's excellent. Owen Gieni's art is cartoonish and above average. Sure, the colors might not appeal to everyone, but the positives outweigh the negatives. Avengelyne's two-page origin story is a different matter. The art lacks Gieni's energy in the main story and manages to be decent; however, I can see some people preferring EJ Morges' art to Gieni's work.
Ultimately, Avengelyne #1 is not worth reading. There are a variety of comics that not only cater to different age groups, but are compelling reads with fully-realized characters. This is not one of those comics.
4* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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