The first Molly Danger graphic novel is refreshingly free from smothering cynicism. Writer-penciler Jamal Igle could’ve settled for a fully tongue-in-cheek superhero tale as the beginning pages suggest. The opening scene has our heroine stopping a giant mech controlled by a egomaniacal supervillain with a pickled brain for a head. In the aftermath, however, there are various costs for having Molly as the city of Coopersville’s protector and main attraction.
Molly Danger is in fact a living weapon for the extra-governmental agency D.A.R.T. A strange visitor brought to Earth in, for D.A.R.T., fortuitous circumstances. However, she also wants genuine friends and family. A chance meeting with a new maverick pilot, who’s looking after his own blended family, leads to scarce moments of bonding.
Like any good superhero, Molly Danger has her own rogue’s gallery. Individually, the villains, including a rogue speedster, are silly throwbacks to the Silver Age of the 60s and early 70s. However, Book One hints at their fullest ability to do evil.
Molly Danger is clad in girls’ fashions that suggest that she’s a commercial brand as much as a symbol of hope. She possess superhuman abilities, but her on-the-fly planning is an invaluable skill despite what D.A.R.T. may feel. She’s like a sheltered prodigy who desires for more than just “doing her job.” There are gifted and talented girls out there lacking in friends and caring support like Molly. Even one is too many.
Visually, Book One is solid. While most of Coopersville is drab, the colors of the characters are varied yet not excessively vibrant. The expressions on everyone’s face hint at their personalities. The grid panel layout is an appropriate choice for the intended audience of the young and young-at-heart.
I pledged for Molly Danger: Book One via Kickstarter and I’m pleased at the end result. Hopefully, this comic will find its audience and will be Jamal Igle’s big success. Recently, Comixology released this in Guided View format for those who prefer who read digital comics panel-by-panel. Overall, I’ll hold on to my Molly Danger fan club membership card.
Molly Danger: Book One is written and penciled by Jamal Igle, inked by Juan Castro, colored by Rumulo Fajardo, Jr., and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic.