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August 11, 2011

Image Comics Reviews: 50 Girls 50 #3

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Written by: AHudson
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Title: 50 Girls 50 #3
Writers: Doug Murray and Frank Cho
Artist: Axel Medellin
Cover: Frank Cho

50 Girls 50 #3The one thing I love about 50 Girls 50 is that each new issue sets out to prove something new. The first issue proved that it’s more than just mere eye candy. The second issue proved that the series wasn’t just a flash in the pan with only one good issue. And this issue proves something entirely different.

As with the first two issue, this one sets off on a whole new adventure and location. This time we’re on a planet full of dinosaurs. And talking dinosaurs, mind you.

While this is a side quest and not the main mission, this is still very much relevant to the story. The important part here is that it gives insight into the main characters. You get to know each one of them a little better, like the bitch queen Oksana or the much more optimistic Judith. How each one of them deals with the situation of contacting the aliens speaks volumes about their character. And their interactions with each other foreshadows what should be an epic conclusion.

If you’ve read the past issues, than you know what to expect from the team. They deliver the goods each issue. Doug Murray and Frank Cho deliver a whole complete story, with Murray sharp on the dialog. Axel Medellin once again makes beautifully clean art, along with Nikos Koutsis’s vivacious coloring and Thomas Mauer’s interesting yet readable dinosaur dialog bubbles.

The main problem I had with the issue, however, was the ridiculousness of it. I understand that this is supposed to be a fun space opera not to be taken seriously. But certain questions like, “How did the dinosaurs learn English?”, or “How did they (the 50 women and the dinosaurs) build enough rocket ships to get everyone off the dying planet in such a short time?”, kept popping into my head. Also, while the comic was standard length, it felt (story wise) a bit shorter than the other issues.

While there may be flaws in this issue, it still holds that 50 Girls 50 is a very entertaining read. And more importantly, it establishes that these characters truly are interesting, an important component for any comic series aspiring for memorability.

Andrew Hudson



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