Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Check this review that appeared in Broken Frontier!!
Gene Simmons’ Dominatrix 1-4
The lynchpin title of the line, Dominatrix, admittedly, on the surface, seems to be just the sort of trashy, ridiculous tripe one might expect from a celebrity-inspired comic. But it’s also, as indicated by a fellow reviewer over at Ain’t it Cool News.com, “mindless fun”. Spotlighting a surprisingly homebody girl named Dominique, who moonlights as a professional dominatrix (her studio’s in her basement), the series chronicles an accidental stumble into one of her client’s over-the-top world of black ops. In order to survive, she’s given a super-power enhancing drug that grants her strength, speed, and a spidy-sense-like early-warning ability.
Including ninjas, mercenaries, super-spies, and a super-secret something that everyone seems to be gunning for, Dominatrix manages to focus on the sex, the inconsistent taboos of society, character development, and yet never once subsists in its ridiculous rillet of B-genre situations. It’s a comic chock-full of action and long-loved elements, though its subject matter, of course, marks this as not for children. Writer Sean Taylor (author of The Veil and Last Chance School for Girls) pens a highly likable Dominique, though he sometimes overplays the asinine elements of the villains. Nevertheless, four issues have come and gone and…I’m…my god, but I think I’m hooked on a comic called “Dominatrix”.
The series began with artist Flavio Hoffe, who produced a brilliant first issue, with dense and fluid pages looking just this side of animated, highly similar to early Luke Ross or any of the current Devil’s Due books. By the second issue, however, his work already suffered in certain ways, the figures suddenly stiff, the layouts too formal, the overall product lacking in exceptional qualities that’d been present before. Whether or not this was a shared opinion, IDW mainstay Esteve Polls hopped onboard as new permanent artist starting with issue #3, and his work, much as his House of Horrors contribution and his outing in Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now #1: Anda’s Game is classic comics a la Prince Valiant—detailed, solidly structured, and highly winsome.
So a series that far surpassed my (I confess) rock bottom expectations, but did so in such a stellar way that I think I’m onboard for the foreseeable future.
SEAN CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS AND ON THE OTHER THING THAT I CAN NOT COMMENT BUT WE BOTH KNOW...:) ENJOY THE RIDE MY FRIEND!! CONGRATS AGAIN:)
Have a great day!!