13 May 2011

"Danger Girl: The Dangerous Collection" Vols. 1 & 2

Danger Girl: The Dangerous Collection Vol. 1 & 2
J. Scott Campbell - plot/pencils
Andy Hartnell - plot/script
Alex Garner - inks
Joe Chiodo & Martin Jiminez - color guides
Ben Dimagmaliw, The Guy & Justin Ponsor - computer colors
Comicraft's Dave Lanphear - lettering
Scott Dunbier - editor
Sandra Hope - additional inks
Ed Roeder - design
Denisse Chong - editorial assistant
Peter Guzman - ink assists

Vol. 1 Published August, 1998
Cover Price: $5.95

Vol. 2 Published August, 1999
Cover Price: $5.95

I first went online in 1998, having bought a computer because I was enrolling as a freshman at Jefferson Community College.  It didn't take long for me to discover that I could order comic books online, at the time from American Entertainment (now Things from Another Universe).  I indulged one month and ordered Danger Girl: The Dangerous Collection Vol. 1 largely because it looked and sounded fun.  J. Scott Campbell objectifies women like no other, and the tone of the comic is very much in keeping with the James Bond movies I've enjoyed so much over the years and the numerous "glamorized spy" movies and TV shows that have followed 007.

Abbey Chase is our chief protagonist, and when we meet her she's already in trouble, having been apprehended by eye patch-wearing Donavin Conrad who is in possession of a gold-plated Mayan skull.  Before we have a chance to begin humming "The Raiders' March," though, Abbey is hip deep in a thrilling chase involving crocodiles, a stolen Jeep, a speedboat and pirates.  Before long, Abbey is introduced to the Danger Girls, a Charlie's Angels-type team of elite commando women led by Deuce.  The Dangerous Collection Vol. 1 collects a preview teaser, as well as Danger Girl #1, some cover art and some of Campbell's sketches.  Think of it really as the deluxe edition of Danger Girl #1 more than a full collected edition, meaning that there's plenty of action and great imagery, but insufficient time to really tell a story here, which leads us to Vol. 2...

Last Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and Half Price Books had a 20% off sale on comics.  One of my finds was The Dangerous Collection Vol. 2, which came to $2.40 after discount.  I had just that very morning also picked up Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness #1 at The Great Escape, so it seemed a perfect opportunity to finally read some more Danger Girl.  This volume collects Danger Girl #2 and #3, continuing the story from the first issue.  It seems that someone is hard at work stealing historical artifacts from around the world, and the Danger Girls are assigned to find out who is responsible, and why, and to stop them.  This leads to a swank party in Switzerland, and a team-up with Johnny Barracuda, a good looking guy who could never love anyone as much as he loves himself.

There were only seven issues in the original series, published between March 1998 and February 2001, so you can tell that Danger Girl only hit the shelves infrequently.  In fact, knowing this alleviated the guilt I might otherwise have had about taking 13 years between volumes.  I had hoped that by the end of Vol. 2 I would have a strong sense of this series, but I still feel like I'm in the first act of a larger story.  It's a fun comic, that much is certain, and one that I intend to explore further.

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