Review: Lola XOXO #2

I was kind of on the fence with this Lola XOXO after reading the first issue. I wasn’t sure where it was headed. I’m still not feeling too enthusiastic about it. This issue brought in a lot of characters and a bit of backstory but it was poorly executed and a little underwhelming. Lola wants to find her parents in a post-apocalyptic type world but gets messed up in some pretty bad company from the start. She steals some powerful dude’s horse and has to work for him to pay off her debt. I’m still a little confused on the specifics on the kind of work that they do. I just know that there is a lot of ass kicking.

LOLA-02b-Reg-Siya-OUMThe new characters include a group of rebels that seemed to have broken free of a tyrant ring leader. Again, their story didn’t seem very clear but maybe it’s not important to the progression of the arc. They decided to loot a general store; unfortunately for them Lola and her crew are ready to take them down.

Lola and another female character, Kami, go hand to hand. However, Lola spares her and tells her to take a few cans but to get out quickly. Unbeknownst to Lola while Kami tries to escape she is caught by other members of the crew.

I’m still curious to find out what happens in this series but my curiosity is the only thing that’s going to keep me reading. Okay, maybe not the only thing the art is brilliant. I’ve spoken about it before but I’ll mention it again. The characters are lusty doe eyed with soft features. It’s also got a western vibe to it which I dig a lot.

Last month, I talked about some problematic elements with the cat calling and sexist undertones. I’m happy to say that was toned down a little in this issue. So yay, for a step towards a bit of gender equity.

Score: 3/5

Writer/Artist/Creator: Siya Oum Publisher: Aspen Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 5/21/14