Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'We Are The Danger' #1 by Fabian Lelay, Claudia Aguirre, and Taylor Esposito

Julie Malliari is entering a new high school as a senior and quickly befriends Tabitha. Before you know it they're starting a band but Tabitha's rival is determined to derail her dreams. It's a familiar rock and roll origin story but it's fun and beautifully put together.


WE ARE THE DANGER

Written & Illustrated by Fabian Lelay
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Lettered by: Taylor Esposito

$3.99 | full color | teen

IN STORES MAY 30TH

Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

'We Are The Danger' may remind you of a line from 'Breaking Bad' but it's actually a fast-paced and lively story of teens putting a band together. The comparisons to Archie Comics' 'Josie and the Pussycats' and 'The Archies' will be inevitable but should be seen as a compliment. Writer and artist Fabian Lelay, colorist Claudia Aguirre, and letterer Taylor Esposito achieve a level of charm, chemistry, and camaraderie in a first issue that is rare. 

Julie is a regular teen trying to make the best of a new school when she's approached by the effervescent Tabitha and invites her to a rock she's playing. Once there, she catches her performance and flirts briefly with a guy. After an awkward first day among strangers at school, things appear to be picking up. Tabitha and Julie strike up an instant friendship and eventually form a band of their own. It brings Julie out of her shell, revealing a talented singer-songwriter, and soon the other members are chosen. They quickly develop a nice rapport with each other exposing a little personality of each. Lelay uses some brief but effective character moments to help shape who these kids are. It's a swiftly paced issue so these moments come quickly but the Lelay's expressive character designs work hand-in-hand with the dialogue creating a sort of short-hand that conveys a lot within just a few panels. 

What separates 'We Are The Danger' from more familiar fare is that Julie is a Filipina. I only mention it because it's so rare to see Americans of Filipino descent represented in comics. Yet, Lelay seamlessly introduces her and offers a glimpse into her culture through her music.  It's really that easy to include some real-world diversity in your form of entertainment.

There is something unique about a writer/artist doing double-duty on a comic especially a creator-owned one. There is an intimacy, an attention to detail, and a pursuit of perfection writer/artist's strive for when they're responsible for the story in words and images. Lelay's style is very clean and spacious. The panels seem to be given plenty of room for the characters to breathe and laid out with letterer Taylor Esposito in mind. The lettering is crisp and clear with room to spare and creatively used to add some punch to the action and music. Claudia Aguirre's colors are rich but bright providing a rainbow of colors. 

'We Are The Danger' is a fun and light rock and roll story with a charming and diverse cast of characters. This is Black Mask Studios' 'Josie and the Pussycats' in the very best of ways. Lelay brings this budding group of teen rock stars together in a familiar but entertaining rise to stardom story. It's the perfect comic book series for the summer. 


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

DC Comics March Movie Poster Variant Covers are Fantastic

DC Comics may have outdone themselves with their running themed variant covers for the month of March 2015. After some fun and gorgeous variants in 2014 like Darwin Cooke (December), LEGO (November), and Bombshells (June) to name a few DC Comics is continuing to bring some creative covers in 2015. January will feature Flash throughout the company line in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, February will bring everyone’s favorite wild card, Harley Quinn, on DC covers, and perhaps the best mash-ups of comics and famous movie posters will arrive in March.

WONDER WOMAN OF THE DAY: Fitness Model Gia Macool Embodies the Amazon Princess

The closest we'll ever get, probably, to superheroes in real life is through the great work of cosplayers. You see them at every pop culture convention from the very basic to extremely elaborate costume design. However, you don't have to be a cosplayer to enjoy dressing up as your favorite superhero from time to time. Take fitness model and entrepreneur Gia Macool for example. An accomplished fitness competitor and model, Macool is also a big fan of DC Comics' Wonder Woman. She shows her love of the iconic Amazon Princess in her fitness wear, meal prep accessories and even a full blown photo shoot in a Wonder Woman costume. 

For decades comics have featured very muscular superheroes, male and female, epitomizing the human form at its strongest. So when bodybuilders and fitness pros decide to suit up as these costumed heroes, they are the embodiment of those fictional characters in the flesh. Macool looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Wonder Woman comic with a suit …

New Sci-Fi Horror Series INFINITE DARK From Ryan Cady, Andrea Mutti, and K. Michael Russell Coming in October

Image/Top Cow announce an all-new, sinister ongoing science-fiction series—INFINITE DARK—by Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti with colorist K. Michael Russell that will hit stores this October.


In INFINITE DARK, the universe has ended, but humanity has survived. For years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home.

Then they found a body—bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus' first murder, she'll come face to face with a horror from beyond the confines of time itself…

INFINITE DARK #1 will launch from Top Cow/Image Comics this October 2018.

Fitness Women in Superhero Body Paint by J.M. Manion

J.M. Manion has long been a successful photographer covering the fitness and bodybuilding industry. He has photographed some of the strongest, well-defined physiques on the planet. He's also had a love of super-heroes and comic books. So much so that Manion began publishing his own comic book, Iron Siren Comics, featuring some of the fitness competitors he's covered as superheroes themselves. It's no wonder he sometimes incorporates superhero cosplay and body paint into photo shoots. Here are just some examples of his work:

PREVIEW: 'Barbarella' #7 by Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar

Barbarella is lost in a maze of Radically Unstable Space-Time, with Pulver Glain, his boys, and his smarter-than-smart gun Sally-Anne hot on her trail. But what’s at the heart of the maze is a threat - and a miracle - that none of them are ready for.


Barbarella #7

writer: Mike Carey  |  artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Butcher Billy (A), Hayden Sherman (B),
              Daniel HDR (C), Giovanni Timpano (D),
              Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
              Butcher Billy (RI-B/W), Daniel HDR (RI-B/W)
              Giovanni Timpano (RI-Virgin)

In Stores 06/20/2018

FC  |  32 pages  |  $3.99  |  Mature