Writers: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Ame-Comi Girls issues 1-6: Eduardo Francisco (art), Ikari Studio and Santi Casas (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls issues 7-8: Santi Casas (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Wonder Woman: Amanda Connor (art), Paul Mounts (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Batgirl: Sanford Greene (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Duela Dent: Ted Naifah (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Power Girl: Michael Bowden (art), Randy Mayor (colours)
Ame-Comi Girls Supergirl: Santi Casas (art) , Randy Mayor (colours)
Publisher: DC Comics
What's it about?
It's a weekly comic series from DC. The basic premise is that this is an earth where only women are heroes. It's based on the Ame-Comi line of statues, which are basically manga/anime inspired sexy versions of DC's heroines. You can see some of them on Amazon here. Some are horrific, like this Wonder Woman one (why is she not wearing anything??), others are pretty good. There was not really a story behind the action figures, so one has been created.
|From Ame-Comi Girls 6, I think|
|From the Duela Dent issues|
Then the Ame-Comi series starts proper. Issues 1 to 6 have all the heroes, led by Wonder Woman (because she says that's what's going to happen), band together to fight Brainiac and save the earth. Brainiac is an amazingly advanced robot from the far off reaches of space who consumes the knowledge of all the worlds she visits, then destroys them. Issues 7 and 8 introduce Jade as this sector's Green Lantern.
|From Ame-Comi Girls 7|
What's good about it?
I love this series. I was a bit dubious when it was announced because of the awfulness of many of the figures it's based on. But this has been a delight. Although some of the statues are horrifically sexist (as seen in links above), the series as a whole isn't.
|From the Power Girl issues|
|You get two power Girl pictures because I love the art|
What's bad about it?
In regular comics Carol Ferris and the Green Lantern known as Hal Jordan are lovers, so I am now hoping that this universe will provide us with some Sapphire/Lantern love, or at the very least innuendos.
Another irritating factor is Wonder Woman's first diplomatic costume. She immediately decries it as demeaning bullshit and from then on wears the armour seen in the first image. Which is better, and shows that writers have an awareness of the sexist crap.
|Usage of 'whore' does make me uneasy, but I get what the writers are going for|
It does continue the sexy theme. It's manga influenced, driven by the style of the original figures, and this series has gone for the sexy manga look. There are different artists per story arc and each has a distinct style but all are cartoony. Most treat their subjects with respect and make them fully rounded people, not ciphers (my new favourite word). The exception is the Supergirl issues (see right) which look plastic and vacuous. It's the dialogue and plot that gives these issues more gravitas. The Wonder Woman issues are cheeky, the Duela Dent ones are creepy.
Despite the cheesecake-iness of it, and the sexist platform from which it started, this series holds women up as heroes in a way few others do. I would have no problem giving this series to children to read. The women are brilliant. This is brilliant. You need to be reading this.
|From the Batgirl issues|
Ame-Comi Girls is released on Comixology every Monday as a digital comic. It costs 99cents (about 60p in British money) and you read it on your computer.
So far I have heard conflicting accounts about whether these will be available in hard copy. I think the intention was to release each arc as a trade, but people have told me that the Wonder Woman single issues are available at their local comic shop.
|Not sure which issue this is from|
|From the Batgirl issues|
|From the Ame-Comi series proper|