- Writers: Kristi McDowell, Sean Ian Mills
- Illustrations: Gemma Moody
- Cover: Gemma Moody
- Letters: Taylor Esposito
- Publisher: Joy Cat Comics
- Release Date: May 2015
Gamer Girl & Vixen #1 is the kick off to a LGTB duology about super villains, self acceptance, and love. In New York, in a time when Superheroes are common place in newspaper headlines, we meet a young thief named Bianca. With fiery red hair and an attitude to match, Bianca is a young woman who has a family history of criminal behavior. Despite her mother’s efforts to keep her in a perfect little box, Bianca is determined to carve her own path in the world.While Bianca is attempting to evade campus security at the college where she is caught attempting to steal from within the school, we are introduced to Liz, a science wiz with a knack for making gauntlets that use the laws of physics to create physical objects (yay STEM!). As Bianca is fleeing the scene of the crime, Liz has a rare opportunity to try out her gauntlet invention that she can’t ignore. In her success, Liz is able to help Bianca escape from campus security and the two hit it off immediately.
The New York of Bianca and Liz’s world pops with color. Moody’s illustrations are fun, edgy and tasteful. Unlike most female superhero depictions, both Bianca and Liz are lacking the standard overly sexualized and unrealistic outfits. These girls are able to move, breathe, and feel comfortable in the outfits they have created for themselves. Esposito’s letters blend well with Moody’s colors and panel placement, making it easy to both feel connected to the characters while gaining information from their inner dialogues. The panel layout is fluid but still takes fun liberties to make you smile as you read.
McDowell and WOTN’s own Mills’ writing style keeps up with Moody and Esposito’s action ready yet well paced style. We gain insight into Bianca and Liz’s strengths and insecurities with a refreshing lack of self pity or desire to place the blame for their problems on someone else. Thankfully, Bianca and Liz’s romantic attraction to one another is tastefully portrayed in both the text and panels. The girls aren’t afraid to speak their mind, but it is clear that their attraction is created in an organic way instead of aiming to be a catchy but meaningless plot device or distraction.
While there is still much to learn about Bianca and Liz’s world, I’m excited to see what happens next with these two characters. It’s refreshing to see a world that has action and intrigue with a positive spin on female representation, the LGBT community, and villains!
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