Monday, March 14, 2022

Comics Review: "GEEK-GIRL #9" Welcomes Mean Girl


STORY: Sam Johnson
ART: Carlos Granda
COLORS: Chunlin Zhao
LETTERS: Paul McLaren
COVER ARTISTS: Carlos Granda with Chunlin Zhao; Carlos Villas
24pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (February 2022)

Rated T+ / 12+ only

Geek-Girl created by Sam Johnson

“Bad Girl/Mean Girl”

Created by Sam Johnson, Geek-Girl is a comic book character that debuted in the 2016 Geek-Girl miniseries,  She returned in a second miniseries, 2018's Geek-Girl Vol. 2, which became an ongoing series.  Geek-Girl Vol. 2 is written by Sam Johnson; drawn by Carlos Granda; colored by Chunlin Zhao; and lettered by Paul McLaren.

Geek-Girl focuses on Ruby Kaye of Acorn Ridge, Maine, a sexy and popular college coed who inadvertently becomes a superhero.  Ruby dons a pair of super-tech pair of eye glasses that gives her super-powers.  Ruby's BFF, Summer James, then talks her into trying to be a superhero, even providing her with a moniker.  Now, Ruby is Maine's newest superhero, “Geek-Girl.”

As Geek-Girl Vol. 2 #9 (“Bad Girl/Mean Girl”) opens, Cabra Cini: Voodoo Junkie Hitwoman continues her jaunt through the “Infinite,” a little tucked away corner of Limbo.  However, “The Rook,” ruler of the Infinite, has a surprise for the too-clever-for-herself Ms. Cini.

Back at Geek-Girl's new headquarters, it's time to meet the new teammates.  Also, Summer has a conversation with Geek-Girl's benefactor, Johnny Carlyle, about her own future.  But the ultimate theatrics take place later at the local shopping mall.  Enter Mean Girl!  Life will never be the same, Geek-Girl.

THE LOWDOWN:  Geek-Girl creator-writer Sam Johnson sends me PDF review copies of the latest issues of Geek-Girl, and has been doing so for several years.  I enjoy reading about Geek-Girl and also encouraging you to give this series a try, dear readers.

In a better world, Sam would have the resources to publish Geek-Girl on a more frequent basis.  It would be great if the tenth issue would be out next month, because the tenth issue is so fun.  I dare say that Mean Girl could eclipse Geek-Girl in her on comic book.  Ain't that a bitch?  Seriously, another issue will prove if Mean Girl is one of the character finds of 2022.  She is a fun bad girl who loves being bad; in fact, she might break bad.

Artist Carlos Granda compositions are becoming more polished, and his illustration technique tighter.  Chunlin Zhao's colors make the action scenes pop, and Paul McLaren's lettering is sharper than ever.  Along with Sam Johnson, they make Geek-Girl #9 an excellent jumping-on point for new readers.

I READS YOU RECOMMENDS:  Fans of lovable superheroes will find an all-around winner in Geek-Girl.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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