Danger Girl: Trinity #2 Review

If you’re looking for a new drinking game, Danger Girl: Trinity #2 might offer the perfect opportunity. Just grab a bottle and take a swing every time there’s a gratuitous boob shot. But be careful. You might be hammered by page 3.

Here’s the official description from IDW:

It’s three times the ACTION, three times the THRILLS, and three times the DANGER!!!  Abbey, Sydney and Sonya embark on three different knuckle-clenching adventures, each an epic tale of intrigue and derring-do, and each drawn by a different fantastic artist—It’s a triple-play of danger that will climax with the biggest surprise of the year!

The concept behind this Danger Girl reboot is actually quite clever.  Penned by Danger Girl co-creator Andy Hartnell, each issue of the Trinity series follows three signature DG characters (Sonya, Sydney and Abbey) as they navigate three distinct missions, all of which are beginning to slowly intersect.  What makes this approach so compelling is that each character is illustrated by a different artist, and they do a fabulous job of transitioning from one style to the next.  Here’s the lineup: Sonya’s story is illustrated by Stephen Molnar; Harvey Tolibao tackles Sydney’s story; and Abbey Chase gets drawn by John Royale.  And while each artist certainly has his distinct style, they blend enough to give this book unified pop-art feel.

Andy Hartnell pens a fun action-packed book that toggles between the Congo, London and Egypt. True to form, the Danger Girls spend a majority of the book shooting guns and racing cars. That said, there is very little story here; it’s mostly action scenes and if you’re looking for depth of character, this isn’t the book for you.  But that doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable.

And even though Danger Girl: Trinity #2 seems quite upfront about its unabashed embrace of sexy camp, the female characters are so overdrawn that it actually undermines them as relatable protagonists, which in turn detracts from bigger story.  Stephen Molnar, who was actually my favorite artist of the trio, is so overt about putting Sonya in one sexually suggestive pose after another that it almost became funny. And then awkward.

Danger Girl: Trinity #2 has a lot going for it — guns, and bombs, and car chases.  But if it’s not careful, kick-ass female protagonists won’t be one of them.


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