I'm a hopeless romantic at heart. I'm the one who's always rooting for those crazy kids in
Issue two gives readers a better feel for the lives of Liz (Gamer Girl) and Bianca (Vixen). You get to see their friends and significant others, and you get to see their first date, which includes a robbery. You also learn a little more about Gamer Girl's background, about where the tech that she's using and improving comes from. And at issue's end? Our leads meet their first superhero, Jumpshot, whose basketball-pun ladened dialogue makes me just shake my head; if this is what the heroes sound like, sign me up to be a villain. Also, points for having Gamer Girl say, "Random encounter," a nod to her game themed costume.
I'm choosing this week to discuss Gamer Girl & Vixen because the team behind the book has just launched a second Kickstarter, this one to fund a complete graphic novel of the first six issues of the series. Here's a little copy from the creators:
"Love has a way of working itself out, especially if you don't care who gets hurt or what laws get broken along the way.
Gamer Girl & Vixen is a love story for modern audiences, where two potential lovers realize they can only really be themselves in the capes and costumes world of heroes and villains.
Bianca Crowley has spent her whole life pretending to be straight, because that's what her mother and society expect of the beautiful redhead. But when she meets the out and proud Gamer Girl- who already has the kickass costume and awesome super-powers- Bianca finally finds an outlet for the feelings she's been suppressing her entire life.
Surfing the current wave of female-focused comics - like Marvel's Captain Marvel, Image's Sex Criminals, and DC's Batgirl - this is a mature love story with all the sex, hijinks, broken hearts and inappropriate cell phone pics that entails
The series is co-written by Kristi McDowell and Sean Ian Mills, with art by Gemma Moody and lettering by Taylor Esposito.
If you want to check out more, you can go look at the new Kickstarter campaign, where you can get a link to read the entire first issue digitally, and if you simply can't wait to see what's next, you can pick up a digital or hard copy of issue two and a digital issue three at the Joy Cat Comics website.
A series that is flirty and fun, smartly written with engaging character right out of the gate, Gamer Girl and Vixen is the kind of comic I love to talk about. There's not much like it on the market, and it speaks to its themes in a way that everyone can relate to. I've only read three issues, and the minute the Kickstarter came up for the complete six, I placed my pledge immediately, because I want to see what happens next, and I have a feeling if you read them, you will too.