COMIC BOOK REVIEW: INDIE COMIC SPOTLIGHT: CLARITY GIRL #1
STORY: Bill McCormick ART: Chris Thomasma LETTERS: Alex Giles/Matt Roscetti
PUBLISHER: GENTE ENTERTAINMENT
Review: CLARITY GIRL centers on the story of a young girl with unique telekinetic powers just trying to live a normal life and do some good while she’s at it. At least, I think that’s what the story is about, because it’s all kind of jumbled together in this first issue. I think it’s a case of trying to do too much in too little a span.
We have Clarity Girl arguing with her boyfriend in a park over video games, then a text telling her to go home, and at the same time suddenly a thief stealing a woman’s purse. Then there's a strange flashback to a moment where I’m guessing someone stole Clarity’s purse as well. Clarity Girl uses her powers on the thug, who seems to just shrug it off and not pay much attention at all to the fact he was just hoisted in the air for no apparent reason. I guess he really wanted that purse. That’s the last we see of Clarity Girl.
From that point on we are introduced to a new character called Crimson Dart who seems to want to get revenge on some prisoner, enough that he’s broken into the complex to threaten and attack the guy. The prisoner seems to not really care all that much and mouths off to the dude who just broke into the prison and took out all the guards all for the purpose of attacking this con. This attack makes the news and gets the attention of what I can assume is going to the big bad, an evil looking nurse who I believe will be named “Ming.”
So all in all it’s not a horrible first outing, just has a narrative that takes too much time jumping around. The story seems to work as if everyone reading already knows Clarity Girl and these characters, as if this was a spinoff from something else. The lack of focus makes it hard to connect to the story or the characters, leaving one with a sense of “meh” when the whole ordeal is done. Who cares about a “big reveal” for a villain no one has ever heard of or seen? Establishing Clarity Girl completely would have been the best thing for the story over all.
Onto the art! Chris Thomasma brings a simple but fun style to the already light hearted story. In a world where artists such as Natasha Allegri (PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT) and Kyle Baker (CIRCUIT BREAKER) are popping out books, I can easily see there being an audience for Chris’s work. He handles the situations well, giving plenty of expressive emotions while keeping it all easy on the eye.
Final Verdict: Overall an interesting little Indy series that has potential depending on where the creative team takes it next.
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