Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Eternity Girl #1 Review and **SPOILERS**


Life Sucks Live

Script: Magdalene Visaggio 
Pencils, Inks, Cover: Sonny Liew 
Colors: Chris Chuckry 
Letters: Todd Klein 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 14, 2018


Ooh, it’s that new series from the Young Animal imprint! It’s got that “new comic book” series smell and everything! Let’s not fart around and discuss niceties, instead head right into reading my review of Eternity Girl #1, right now!

Explain It!

Based on the back-ups teasing this series during the “Milk Wars” un-event of last night, I expected…well, I didn’t know what to expect. I couldn’t really make heads or tails of those pages, though I understood that it was some kind of satire on the chronology of comic book storytelling. As has been done in several other comic works that “deconstruct” superheroes. So I bristled at those back-ups, for reasons—not the least of which were that I didn’t really like “Milk Wars” itself. It is difficult sometimes to divorce the message from its carrier.
What I found in Eternity Girl #1 was something much more delightful, still a commentary on the superhero trope, but also an engaging story all its own. It’s really a story about Caroline, one-time Olympic-level gymnast turned into a patriotic American superhero named Chrysalis by the scientists of secret project Alpha 13. This worked just fine, until a final conflict with her nemesis Madame Atom left Caroline horribly disfigured, possibly in the possession of new mental powers, and—most tragically—immortal. Now, she kills herself once a month, our of despair, out of loneliness, out of boredom.
Because that’s what happens eventually, right? We’d all like to know what it is to live a hundred and fifty, even two hundred years. But beyond that? It must be mind-numbing. Watching wave after wave of successive go-getters running for the prize, only for some of them to be cut down in the prime of their lives by something stupid like an errant weed-whacker. These kind of nihilist thoughts plague Caroline, until the spectral ghost of Madame Atom explains that Caroline can end it all—if she just ends space and time. And you know, by the end of the book, it seems she does just that. Sort of.
I really enjoyed this book, which gave me a Black Hammer kind of vibe but was actually less heavy on the comic books commentary than I’d anticipated. It really is less about the “retirement years” of superheroing, and is more about one woman’s coping with her unwanted and irreversible predicament. It’s about the weight of omnipotence, and how crushing it can be so as to render someone impotent. The visuals work well with this bleak story, and while it’s told piecemeal, the narrative is very strong. I am very interested, Eternity Girl, in what this series holds beyond the initial issue. For one thing, I would like to know why it’s called Eternity Girl when the main character’s superhero name appears to be Chrysalis.

Bits and Pieces:

This comic is about a woman facing her own obsolescence late in life. To make matters more complicated, she's also omnipotent. Is anyone looking to hire a goddess for their burgeoning society?


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