You canâ€™t treat being a hero like a part-time job if you plan to live without the need of artificial life support. Ruby Kaye in issue five of â€˜Geek Girlâ€™ plans to use her superhero persona to pay the medical bills she acquired while being in a coma, after fighting a villain whose superpower is lightning. Then there are others who seem as if they are only heroes when they get paid. If a disaster occurs when theyâ€™re on a coffee break chances are youâ€™re not going to make it.
Sam Johnson has created a world where being a superhero can be a profession like working in a bank. Itâ€™s that sense of normalcy where Ruby Kaye believes she no longer needs anonymity to fight crime.
But thereâ€™s a reason why you wouldnâ€™t see Bruce Wayne pulling off his cowl or Superman battling enemies in a suit and glasses. And when you start reading the fifth installment of this comic-book youâ€™ll understand why.Â
Itâ€™s that prologue where a young man stares into a red stained mirror, seemingly rambling on about not deserving a person only to open his door and get a violent surprise where you understand that superheroes are not bank tellers. Still they make plans as if they can be college students like Ruby or have families like Johnny where his wife makes an impossible request of him that you know by issue six he wonâ€™t keep. Then thereâ€™s artist Carlos Granda along with a team of letterers and colorists who make this a city you can live in and expect to find people flying to their destinations, without the help of a vehicle instead of taking the bus. It makes both the visual and storyline an entertaining read.Â
Moments where an airplane is attacked or a team of super-powered people begin to meet up reveals to the reader just how peopleâ€™s lives are messy whether they have artificial powers, are naturally gifted with abilities or unfortunate bystanders. In the end you are either more or less of yourself. If youâ€™re a hero, then in that moment youâ€™re not thinking about making money or college tuition. If people need saving you stop talking about your love life and figure out a way to help those in need. Writer Sam Johnson has made it clear that just because someone wears a cape doesnâ€™t mean theyâ€™re deserving of your praise. Theyâ€™re characters who for the most part are barely able to navigate their own lives. Ruby became a superhero after stealing tech from some guy. The first real villain she encountered destroyed most of the townâ€™s police department and put her in the hospital. Her best friend Summer ends up taking up the Geek Girl mantle nearly ending her own life and friendship once Ruby wakes up. This is a comic-book that explores the reality of a characterâ€™s inability to live up to the tropes of being a hero. The only one who has an instinct for it is a new man on the scene. And he looks as if the city isnâ€™t worthy of his heroism.Â
Overall, â€˜Geek Girlâ€™ delivers a complex ongoing story of Ruby while introducing a new set of characters. You need to get your hands on this jumping off point into new adventures.
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