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A Month of Webcomics – Spy6teen

All throughout May, I’ll spotlight a different webcomic. Like with the month of independent comics and the month of LGBT comics, I figure I will let you webcomic creators out there suggest your comic for spotlight during this month. So if you want me to spotlight your comic, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

Today we look at the online comic book, Spy6teen, by writer Tim Simmons, artist DJ Keawekane, colorist Lisa Moore, letterer Brant Fowler and editor D.J. Kirkbride (Eisner Award-winning editor of the great Image Popgun anthology). Yes, TWO people named DJ on one comic book! How can you go wrong? It is about a teenage girl who is also secretly an international secret agent. It is a fun, well-executed comic that intentionally (and successfully) evokes the best attributes of DeFalco and Frenz’s Spider-Girl.

Spy6teen was originally developed for Zuda, and as such, the first three pages of issue #1 were developed as part of their Zuda “pitch.” Check out those first three pages and see if these pages would “hook” you…

Cool stuff, huh?

Keawekane has a real dynamic style, perfect for action sequences, but he also handles “normal” situations well, too.

In any event, like Spider-Girl, much of the entertainment of Spy6teen is in the experiences that our heroine, Cally, gets into when she is NOT a super agent. It is one thing to make your way through the jungles of South America – it is a whole other thing to make your way through the jungles of high school. Especially when, as noted, the star quarterback is an enemy agent…

Blake is a fun character. I especially liked his conspiracy theory here (which, of course, Cally knows IS true)…

Cally has a crush on a boy in her class, but while she hopes he will ask her to the dance, someone else makes a move…

Cute.

In any event, there is a mystery involving ANOTHER teen agent, Agent Thirteen (Cally is Agent Sixteen). Who is he? What’s his deal?

Let’s just say that by the end of issue #2, we learn his identity and boy is it a major twist! And you know someone can’t tell you that a comic has a major twist without you wanting to read the comic, right? So go read the comic!

They put up a page a day. They’ve just finished the first two issues and are preparing for the beginning of issue #3.

Check out the first two issues starting here.

8 Comments

Thanks so much for that awesome review!!

Haha, the funniest thing about having two DJs (aside from the awesomeness of it all) is that in our early production emails (there’s a LOT of emails with a 5 member comic team!) we quickly realized that mentioning “DJ” wasn’t working– So, I thought, hey: We’ll just say: DJ K for Mr. Keawekane and DJ K for Mr…uh…Kirkbride…

Huh…guess that won’t work.

We’re now using the incredibly original “DJ-A” (for Artist) and “DJ-E” for editor.

Come to think of it, those are kind of lame code names. If anyone has suggestions for better ones, let me know!

Again, massive thanks to CBR, CSBG and Mr. Cronin for this stellar write up!
If you swing by the site, drop a comment and let us know!! Thanks so much for reading!!

I am pretty sure I guessed who Agent 13 is.

Ha…I’d imagine you nailed it on the head.

…that said, I DID anticipate folks would beat that reveal– so there’s another surprise that lies just beyond it.

THAT one, no one saw coming!

Seconded. I DEFINITELY didn’t see the twist after the reveal. I’m really intrigued to know what happens in the aftermath. That’s going to be HUGE.

BiblioMatsuri

May 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm

No, I most certainly did not. And you are evil (joke).

Yeah, do note that I did not reveal exactly WHAT the twist was. ;)

Thanks for the link! That was a pleasure. So many comics….so few of me.

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