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 email@example.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…
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.