Review – Frenemy of the State #4

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Frenemy #4 Preview pg (1)Frenemy of the State has been a fun read and the fourth issue is no exception.  It’s not perfect, but it’s that key thing, fun and keeps on improving.  Frenemy of the State #4 which was written by Christina Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis and Rashida Jones and art by Jeff Wamester picks up with Ariana in hot pursuit of the nuke.

Ariana’s two worlds have now officially collided! Her life in shambles because of her cover story, Ari gets a surprise from her mother that may prevent her from taking part in her mission. Oh, and did we mention the nuclear bomb?

There’s great entertainment with Ariana having to balance her two lives.  It’s not like she can tell her family, which forces her to look unstable.  She also knows the people she has to deal with and uses that to her advantage.

And there’s a great sense of “girl power” here, which is nice to see.  Action, mixed with humor, the series has matured nicely, and hopefully we continue to see improvement as issues continue coming.

Plot: Weir, Defilippis and Jones put together an entertaining tale.  Is it ground breaking?  No.  Is it entertaining?  Yes.  This is the comic you give to tween girls to read who want to get into action comics.  It’s fun and empowering and worth the look.  The characters aren’t completely predictable and there’s some good twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes and great humor to help keep you entertained.  Rating: 8

Art: Wamester’s art is pretty decent.  It’s consistent and good to look at.  It’s not amazing or job dropping but it does the job in helping convey the story.  Rating: 7.5

Overall: The fourth issue continues the improvement we saw with the third issue.  The comic is funny and entertaining and perfect for that tween in your life.  Overall rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99    Release Date: 2/9/11

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.