By Dustin Cabeal
Lost Girls follows three women that live in a jungle environment populated by dinosaurs. It’s not clear if these stories are taking place in the same shared world or even the same timeline. For all intent and purposes, it comes across as three stories about three different women of the jungle. That’s how it comes across at least; there is a “Next Time” box that seems to imply that our three women will team up in the next issue… which is not where I want to get that information from.
The unfortunate thing is that there’s not much else to say about Lost Girls. All three stories are familiar, especially given the woman in a loin cloth genre they derive from. The first story is about a woman that ducked responsibility and death to be free but may have to face her responsibilities again one day. The second is a woman that narrates as if she’s two years old but looks like she’s in her twenties.
“I wish me was pretty frog. But me not.”
Let’s just say that the second story was the hardest to read. I have a toddler, and he’s far more interesting to talk to than the second character. The third story is similar to the first story in that it’s a woman running from her society, be it for different reasons. It’s a tragic love story and nothing more than that.
The stories are all rather generic and safe. I’m not particularly sure why the writer chose to focus on three characters rather than polishing the story of one character, but that’s how it is. None of them are polished, the narration is dry and uninteresting and when someone does have dialogue… well, it’s the weakest aspect of the writing for sure.
The art is okay. All the women are cheesecakey, but there’s no sex appeal. The art is a long way off from being gorgeous; it’s just competent. All three women look the same in design, just different accessories, and hair styles/color. The coloring isn’t bad and actually saves the art a bit, not enough to elevate it, but it could be much worse. Overall the art still needs a lot more work and lacks finer details.
Lost Girls is inoffensive. It’s not a bad comic, but it’s one that needs a lot of work. Right now, it’s just an homage to a genre that has been done to death in comics, and I wonder if it holds any interest for readers? Even big publishers have a problem moving this genre, but if it’s one that you long for, this will scratch that itch. Just not my itch.
Lost Girls #1
Writer: Joseph Abbott
Artist: Adrian Cisneros
Colorists: Owen Tuohy, Fabián Cobos, Giuliano Peratelli
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