Friday, January 8, 2010

Review - Geek Girl #0

I remember being in high school and having friends who would attempt to draw their own comic books. Invariably, as they were written by teenage boys, they always seemed to be one of two types. They would either be about the dark brooding anti-hero (The Crow and Miller's Dark Knight were both popular at the time) or they'd be excuses to draw pin-up art and call it comics. Sadly, Geek-Girl's freshman outing falls squarely in the latter of those two types of comics.

Created by Sam Johnson of, Geek-Girl is the tale of popular high schooler Ruby Kaye. The story begins with the tale of the school brainiac Trevor who has invented a pair of geek glasses that he claims can give him superpowers so that he might woo the girl of his dreams. Trevor and one of his buddies run into Ruby and her sexy friends at a local restaurant and spill the beans about the special glasses. Naturally, Ruby wants these super geek glasses. After a series of sexual jokes and innuendos, Ruby wins the glasses from Trevor in a strip poker game (Yes. A strip poker game. I couldn't make this stuff up! Well... I could... but I wouldn't.) Now that the glasses are in the hands of Ruby, she finds that, when wearing them, she gains the powers of super strength, flight and apparently looking really hot in glasses. On the downside, the super geek glasses also give Ruby super klutziness. After a random encounter with a criminal, Ruby jokes that she should become a superhero. Her friend who is with her at the time agrees and tells Ruby that she'll make her a "geeky sexy" costume. And that's where the issue ends leading into the upcoming Geek-Girl mini-series.

Granted, this comic is aimed at a particular audience and, if I were still 14, I'd be all over it. The artwork here isn't great by any means but the main mini-series will have art by Pablo Martinena who, from the preview pages, is damn good at sexy cheesecake superhero art. But, as it stands, I can't recommend Geek-Girl to anyone. If you're a geek, you'll be offended by the idea that klutziness = geekiness. (We all know brains = geekiness = real sexy.) If you're a girl, you'll be offended by the sexism. And if you're a comic fan, you'll be offended that you're reading this instead of something good.


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