GLX reviews Marvel Divas.
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Tonci Zonjic
Colorists: June Chung with Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic
When I first heard about Marvel Divas' cast, I was quite happy. Black Cat, Hellcat, Firestar, and Photon in one comic? This could be good. Then, I heard that it was ,"Sex and the City - Marvel style", and my interest declined. One day, I noticed that I could check out the trade paperback collection of the entire series, from my library. I reserved it on a whim and gave it a look.
Marvel Divas follows four friends that just so happen to be super-heroines. Normally, a series like this might turn out to be filled with action. Not so much with Marvel Divas. Photon is dealing with a magical man, Black Cat is dealing with some financial and romantic issues, Hellcat's ex from hell keeps popping up and Firestar has some health issues.
The plot of Marvel Divas is okay. It goes through the paces, even though it tries to tug at the reader's heartstrings over Firestar's condition. Doctor Voodoo's gifts for Photon are somewhat charming, but a bit creepy. The dialogue lacks some spice to it. Nothing engaging happens in the heroines' verbal exchanges with themselves and the people around them. There were some things about the writing that just seemed odd. Let's take a look at them:
Hellcat: "Is that Wonder Man?"
Photon: "If it is, I wonder if he stuffs."
Photon: "Okay. It's common knowledge I'm from New Orleans, right? Well, I spent a lot of time there Post-K. cleaning up the mess you white people left behind."
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The omission of these story elements wouldn't have made the story great, but it definitely would have made it more enjoyable.
Tonci Zonjic handles the art and does a nice job of it. His style reminds me of Marcos Martin and Javier Pina. His storytelling lacks the static flow that some artists love to fall back on and that's a good thing. The expressions that he gives the characters are well done. Chung and Kervic Djurdjevic (whom I'm surprised was involved with the coloring) complimented Zonjic well.
Despite some solid artwork, Marvel Divas falls flat. The plot was decent, but nothing to write home about. The writing could have used some more work. If you're a fan of these characters and/or the premise of the story - browse through it. For everyone else - pass.
5.7* out of 10*
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About the Author - GLX
For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.
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