Too often comic fans rally around a series far too late, when it’s already been cancelled or announced its ending. We’ve recently seen that with the cancellation of Nighthawk and Mockingbird, two solid series that featured excellent writing, but lacked the buzz to keep them going.
Introducing “Wednesday Comic Rally” (the eventual name to still be determined) where I hope to spotlight a series, comic, graphic novel, etc., that you should go check out when you head to the shop each week. The idea is to focus on small press and indie comics as well as low selling mainstream comics and make the case as to why you should get it (and actually provide options as to where you can purchase the comic if you don’t have a local shop or prefer digital).
We saw how easily we can boost a series like Mockingbird so lets show our power as comic fans and speak with our dollars to keep quality comics around by showing our support.
This week’s rally? Motor Girl #1 by Terry Moore and Abstract Studio!
When Samantha’s junkyard is visited by a UFO looking for spare parts, she is only too happy to oblige. But when word gets out she is a reliable source, Sam’s booming alien business catches the attention of an Area 51 investigator determined to shut her down!
Moore originally was going to create this series after Strangers in Paradise, but instead he made ECHO instead. After ECHO was the new plan, but then Rachel Rising was his next project. So, finally we get this new series that’s been years in the making and the wait was worth it.
The first issue of Motor Girl debuts this week and it’s as solid as I’d had hoped giving us a cute and entertaining comic that bends genres and features the quirks that makes creator Terry Moore’s comics great. The comic star Samantha a tech handy manager of a junkyard and a talking gorilla, it’s everything I expected and more. The comic has that sensibility of a series like Wonderfalls or Pushing Daises… but with a talking gorilla. There’s a magical and whimsical feel about it that had me immediately wanting to read the next issue.
That’s helped in Moore’s distinctive black and white style which perfectly balances details. There’s not too much, there’s not too little. It’s something he’s mastered over the years and is a prime example of a black and white comic being superior to its color bretheren.
Having read the issue, it’s solid and a comic I highly recommend being one of the best I’ve read this week.
So, lets show quality can rise!