Review: The Adventure of Aero-Girl #1 (of 4)

I actually supported this series on Kickstarter because I loved the premise and the fact that it was being made in both English and Spanish. I think multiple languages for comics are going to be one of the key things in the future of the industry so anyone that’s embracing it now is worth checking out. That aside, the story was great and I’m a little bummed that I need to wait for the rest of the series. The story begins on the rooftops with a father and daughter crime fighting duo looking down at a heist in progress. It’s the Three Ring Gang and their ripping off a tech company rather than their usual cash grab which confuses Aero-Girl. Battle Jack tells her not to worry about the criminal elements thoughts and tells his daughter to wait there for him. She protests of course so he makes her a deal, if the Bearded Lady is left alone then she can handle her solo, but otherwise they’re his. Cue the music because Strong Man heads back inside to help Ring Master and Aero-Girl jumps into action against the Bearded Lady. During her fight her mother calls and tells her and her father not to be late for dinner.

At dinner Jackie (Aero-Girl) brags about how she handled things that night and asks if she can go on solo portals. Her mother is against it and for the most part Jack stays out of it. Jackie storms off and leaves her parents alone to talk about her. Her mom begs Jack to pay attention to the changes that their daughter is going through and to take more care with her. Father and daughter spar and Jack and she have a heart to heart in the hope that she’ll ease back. He also explains his power the “Battle Spirit” through a story of its origin at Jackie’s request.

Adventures of Aero-Girl #1-1I can’t talk about the last act of the comic because it would spoil everything for you and I don’t want that. The writing is really good for this entire issue and it shines brightly in the final act. What I really enjoyed about the story and world in general was the fact that it was an all-ages comic without being an all-ages comic. It wasn’t hokey and never did I look at it and think that it was a kid’s book. It read like it was written for an adult, but I could see a younger reader saying the same thing. It’s a very versatile issue in that way. The dialog was very strong and avoided being cheesy or cornball. That’s usually the case when there’s a new superhero title. The story is populated by interesting characters that are multi-dimensional and charming.

The artwork was definitely a big drawl for me. Nine out of ten times a books art is what grabs my attention and given the medium, I don’t find that to be a bad thing. The character designs are fantastic and the civilian clothes are thankfully modern and realistic. There’s a reason most superhero comics don’t show the characters in civilian clothing… the artist can’t draw a modern style. In particular I loved the imagery for the Three Ring Gang; each member had the three rings on their uniform or body and the ring that they represented filled in. It reminded me of the Future Foundation, but it worked better because they were villains and it was low-key. The coloring gave the book a bright and vibrant look that closely resembled an animated cartoon more than a comic book. I could easily see this as a cartoon because of that.

I’m not entirely certain how you can get a copy of this book, but I would recommend that you ask the creators either via Twitter or their Facebook page (I’ll link you below). I’m guessing that this might get released via Diamond Comics and if so I’m going to pick up a physical copy as well. If I had more money at the time I would have thrown in for a higher reward, but hey live and learn. Again, I think it’s great that this issue is available in English and Spanish which gives people options rather than waiting for possibilities. I’ll be eagerly waiting for the rest of the series and hope that the wait won’t be too long.

Score: 5/5

Writer/Creator: Dewayne Feenstra

Artist: Axur Eneas

Colorist: Jaun Pablo Riebeling

Letterer: Adam Wollet

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