Prepare yourself for an intense first issue of a new limited series from BOOM! Studios, entitled Curb Stomp, written by, Ryan Ferrier, with art by Devaki Neogi and colors by Neil LaLonde. Curb Stomp is a story about The Fever, a gang made up of five women: Machete Betty, Violet Volt, Daisy Chain, Derby Girl, and Bloody Mary. They live in a small borough called Old Beach, which is one of three outside of the city. Unlike normal towns, they aren't protected by police officers. Instead, they have the self-appointed task of protecting their home. This can be difficult when other gangs are trying to gain control, invade space, or cause trouble in general. Each night the girls rally together to monitor what goes on in Old Beach, but when one of them encounters a member of a different gang, things heat up quickly.
When I wrote about the release of this book, it was compared to Rat Queens from Image Comics. Because that was one of the main reasons I picked up the book, I want to comment on how the two relate. You definitely get the same strong female energy while you read. Each one of the girls have a fierce attitude and a determination to do what they do best. The settings are obviously very different, and I personally feel that while Rat Queens has some intense storylines, the tone of Curb Stomp is much more dangerous and serious. Maybe it's because it takes place in an environment that some people can relate to, and as a reader you kind of have the knowledge that things like this are going on everyday in our world. Rat Queens also tends to sprinkle in comic relief and sarcasm. Curb Stomp doesn't have much of that at all. So be sure to weigh your options if you're looking for a book similar to Rat Queens. If you're just looking for a book about strong female characters, then go for it!
Overall, I felt immersed in the story from start to finish. As I mentioned earlier, the tone of the book is very serious, and I happen to feel quite sympathetic for these women as I read. The situations that they are put in on a daily basis are scary, but real. Ryan Ferrier sets up a solid foundation for the series, and leaves the issue off on an alarming note sure to make your stomach twist with anxiety. Devaki Neogi's art style in combination with Neil LaLonde's colors reminded me of the style of Taki Soma's art in Sinergy. The characters are detailed in most scenes, but others are done more freestyle, and the colors are used in a distinct way. I'm impressed by Curb Stomp, and I look forward to seeing how the story unfolds for this tough group of women.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.