MARVEL DIVAS #3 (OF 4)
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There haven’t been any fights or villains to battle yet in this mini-series, but I’m still enjoying the drama. I like that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is injecting some realism into the comic genre. It’s not often that life-threatening illness or religion are dealt with in a realistic manner in comics, but I think Aguirre-Sacasa is addressing these issues in a way most people can relate to. One would think that Firestar’s parents would show up for her surgery (She seems too young for both of them to be deceased.) but I guess the writer did not want to deal with the extra complications of having them in the picture. With the involvement of the Monkey’s Paw, Doctor Voodoo, the Night Nurse, and Damon Hellstrom, there are some serious supernatural elements in play that I think will pay off in some kind of confrontation or battle in the final issue. Besides, the one page coming attraction shows the ladies battling demons in the next installment.
Comic book writers often seem to have difficulty writing super heroines as leads. Let’s face it, “Ms. Marvel” is mediocre and even “Wonder Woman” is only so-so. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seems to have a good handle on female heroes, perhaps because writing them as a team, and having them interact, makes characterization easier. I think it is possible that “Divas” could be a successful ongoing. Or maybe a larger all-female team like the “Lady Liberators” could sell well.
At first I thought Tonjic’s art was a little too cartoony and whimsical for the subject matter of this comic, but then I realized that the art provided needed leavening for some heavy topics.
Art: 4 - Very Good