The Geeksverse50 Girls 50 #1 – Advanced Review

50 Girls 50 #1 – Advanced Review
Published on Monday, May 30, 2011 by

Written by: Doug Murray & Frank Cho
Art by: Axel Medellin
Colored by: Nikos Koutsis
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer
Cover Art: Frank Cho with Nikos Koutsis

The premise is interesting and reminds me of this old sci-fi show that I can’t remember the title of. In it, to save Earth, the crew had to get new resources and they find a planet many light years away, because of the time it would take to travel the distance the crew could be no more then 18 or so. In 50 Girls 50 it’s women only, and only those with certain chromosomes, that can make the wormhole trip.

The ship was scheduled to return to Earth but something goes wrong. They arrive on a strange planet. And of course there’s something in the air of this planet that dissolves plastics and so everything that the away team of two women wears is disintegrated.

Yep, in a book that stars 50 women in traditionally men’s roles (that of being the saviours of Earth), it ends up with them being nearly naked by the end. And there’s not a single instance of what I would call a strong female character.

It’s disappointing. What could have been a solid book about solid female characters instead becomes eye candy. It makes the premise seem contrived now. It’s just an exuse to put 50 women into space.

Murray says in the afterward that there’s a backstory that explains why all these women are good looking, but that it’s saved for the second arc. I think it’s something that should be explained in this arc. Alot of people are going to have a hard time looking past the eye candy aspects of this title to see if there is a solid story underneath.

Axel Medellin won a contest to become the penciler of this book and it’s clear why. He’s got strong storytelling skills and each of the women are relatively unique. But it seems the only uniqueness is in the hair. They all have the same relative body styles. Without colors it would only be the hair style that would tell the six main characters apart. One is bald. One has short, cropped hair. One has long straight hair. Another has long curled hair. One has shoulder length hair. And the last has short and styled hair.

The layouts work good, flowing easily and smoothly.

50 Girls 50 #1 receives
2.5 out of 50

What could have been a decent premise becomes eye candy.

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