Platinum Studios Comics
Susie lead a pretty normal life: Working to hard for the big man, missing the last transit run, your normal day-to-day proceedings. But, when she is kidnapped on her walk home from missing the bus, everything changes. She is now on a space ship filled with women who are oddly arguing over her. With a lack of understanding and a major peeve for being taken hostage, Susie attempts escape. This fails, of course, and she is instead injected with a serum that allows her to be confused but, prevents a sense of shock toward her current situation. Now that she knows her true origins and family, Susie has accepted her new reality: She is an alien, lesbian and pirate, the later part of which she will experience soon.
I can’t tell if I should be insulted or extremely amused and by the end of it, I felt a strong reminiscent feeling of both. On one hand, we have a very sexist tale that portrays women in a very dumb sense. None of these girls seem to have half a mind, let alone a full one, and their amusement seem to come from nothing more than making sexual advances to newbies and very poor dialogue that does nothing for women or, people in general. This, of course, mimics real life quite closely, so in the same right, I can see the hilarity intended by the creator to not only showcase how stupid our views are but, just how dumb we’d have to be to find these things off putting or true. It seems we here on Earth need some of these anti-shock serums around, maybe then a few less ridiculous protests will happen. An example being that of SDCC and their supposedly wrong honouring of fictitious and fantasy based stories. I mean, the FEMALE creator must be aware of the work she is putting out and if it isn’t meant to be ironic I don’t know what is.
The comic doesn’t take itself to seriously either, which was a nice addition. There are tons of jokes revolving around ‘plot holes’, it’s own ignorance and of anyone, like our main girl, who doesn’t understand or believe in the simple idea that someone can in fact be gay. It doesn’t take an alien race of strictly women for someone to find the same sex appealing.
The art was adorable and well drawn. I was compelled by it’s very simplistic styling and to be honest I don’t know if I would have finished this issue without. Everything is cartoon, bright, exotic and just plain beautiful. It’s not meant to be realistic, as this tale is very far fetched, and I appreciate her choice in keeping it in a basic fashion, it allowed me to process this crazy story that much clearer.
All in all, I likely will never read further into this series much further because as much as I can see the point made, I don’t necessarily agree with the fashion it is done in. It was worth a few laughs but, the thought of someone sitting there laughing because they agree with it scares me. However, if you enjoy far-fetched, crazy tales of women with a kick for sex, space and thievery with the added mix of in depth moral and theme, this is most definitely the comic for you. Warning: Sense of humour required – 6 highly inappropriate sexual advancements out of 10.
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