Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti (Trigger Girl 6) and Steve Niles (American Muscle)
Artists: Justin Gray and Phil Noto (Trigger Girl 6) and Kevin Mellon (American Muscle).
Both of the original stories in Creator Owned Heroes have great installments this issue. We also have a good self interview with Phil Noto (kind of like the Locus interviews), whose art on Trigger Girl 6 has been nothing short of astounding, and a not so satisfying interview with Mark Waid, where Jimmy Palmiotti doesn’t ask him anything about his outstanding “Irredeemable” run. Is it because its from a competing company?
But back to the creator owned stories Trigger Girl 6 and the mutant sorta like zombie apocalypse tale “American Muscle”. Both had good “episodes” so to speak.
Here’s a taste of Trigger Girl Six and its magnificent artwork by Phil Noto.
Here’s the intro first:
“An unknown assassin, number six in a series, has tried to kill the president of the United States. In the key moment, with her gun to his head, she is unable to complete her mission, is arrested, and questioned.”
Here’s the page where she escapes by pulling what looks to be a blonde shard from her hair and throwing it like a projectile.
We also learn a little bit more about the very cool world of Trigger Girl 6. She has all kinds of weapons, even without her clothes. The president is in his seventh year or his second term. We have no idea if he’s a republican or a democrat so I guess that doesn’t really matter. Can you tell that this was written by an American writer? She also has some kind of homing device implanted within her. She can find home. This particular story arc ends next issue. Remember: this woman is based on a live model so the artist Phil Noto is living a better life than you.
The other creator owned story is also quite entertaining or as entertaining as a story can be set in an apocalyptic world full of mutants. They’re not quite zombies. You get the idea that they’re deteriorating slowly and badly. This issue features one of the still sane looking survivors being kidnapped by a guy who I think is meant to be a joke on Jonah Hex. It’s a little heard to describe so here’s a pic:
It’s actually kind of funny. Enjoyable. This particular arc ends next issue as well.
There’s also an interview with the artist of Trigger Girl 6 Phil Noto. I’ll let him speak for himself: “I guess you could describe my art style as retro/vintage. Especially when it comes to my paintings. I’ve always been greatly influenced by the old illustrators of the 50s and 60s. Artists such as Coby Whitmore, Bob Peak, Al Parker, Bernie Fuchs, Mitchell Hooks, Robert Maguire and most of all, Robert McGinnis. McGinnis is the man behind the iconic James Bond posters….”
Well, after looking at Phil’s incredible artwork I definitely want to check out all these artists. Overall, the issue with the best comics by far. I wish the interview with Mark Waid had some information about what I heard was an “Irredeemable” motion comic. Not good Jimmy, although great work on “Trigger Girl 6”. 4.1 out of 5 stars.