Review: Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1

Girl and boyfriend go for a walk. Boyfriend pulls out a ring and proposes. City blows up in background. Boyfriend dies from radiation poisoning, girl doesn't. World goes to shit. Girl dresses up like female Mad Max. Girl turns into a ruthless amazing killing machine. LOLA-WM-01a-OumThe plot is your run of the mill b-movie plot. The set design and character wardrobes pull from any number of post-apocalyptic setting (what is it with spiked shoulder pads? how does that seem like a good idea). There's not enough development in this issue to believe that the girl in page one turns into the girl on the final page. It just seems like she changed her clothes and then became a bad ass.

The main selling point is gonna be the gorgeous red-head on the cover. On that point, it does well, she looks stunning in every panel. The men all look fairly similar (two of them actually are brothers), I guess you have to look a certain way to get through the apocalypse. I'm not sure whether I buy all these unscathed individuals, you'd thought with all the fighting and stuff that some would get hurt in some way.

I was hoping for something like the end of Planet Terror (minus the zombie-mutants). Hopefully it can evolve into something like that. Unfortunately there are no stand out moments this issue, the surprising end is not that surprising.

Score: 2/5

Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1 Writer: Vince Kernandez Artist: Siya Oum Publisher: Aspen Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 4/8/15 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital