Axel-In-Charge: Unmasking the "Totally Awesome Hulk"
All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books with LGBT themes (LGBT standing for “Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender”), based on submissions from the creators of the comic books themselves. Here is an archive of the comics featured so far!
The month continues with Pam Harrison’s interesting opening to her new science-fiction series, A Deviant Mind.
In the introduction to the first issue of her new series, Pam Harrison explains how she came up with the idea behind A Deviant Mind back in high school decades ago. She sat on the idea until recently, and now, with a much more experienced approach to storyteller, Harrison is using the idea for a new series.
The basic concept is that some sort of alien being escapes the authority of whatever race she is from…
However, she suffers a severe injury that leaves her with amnesia.
She is found by a medical outpost (of, I guess, the “good guys”?) and is nursed back to health. She is the first type of her race to be discovered alive, so she is a major cause for interest, concern and intrigue for the government.
Meanwhile, she also has the interest of a female doctor who the being (soon dubbed Tara due to a T.A.R.A. designation attached to her circuitry) has an instant connection to…
This issue is pretty much entirely set-up, but Harrison has developed an intriguing situation. As the taglines for the series go, how do you find yourself if you can’t remember who you are?
Tara is in an interesting position – she has valuable information that the government wants, but they don’t exactly trust her, either, as for all they know, she could be a sleeper agent. Heck, for all TARA knows she could be a sleeper agent! So the series will see Tara’s journey of self-discovery, along with the doctor that she has a romantic attachment to (they have a surprising kiss in the first issue).
It’s a good structure for a series, and I’m interested in seeing what happens next.
As for the Poser artwork by Harrison, well, it’s definitely improved over the early House of Muses stuff, but I still can’t say that I’m a fan of it. Still, it surely gets the job done and it doesn’t really HAMPER the story, so it serves it purpose. I just wish the faces had more fluidity to them, particularly the mouths (when they move). There is a panel on the bottom right of page 19 that is particularly weird looking – that, actually, did take me out of the story a bit, it was so jarring to see this one character’s teeth almost glow in his mouth. But you can judge for yourselves in the above panels if Poser artwork is your cup of tea or not!
The important thing is that the story is good and the art is not a problem for the story.
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