The Trouble With Girls
Trouble With Girls is that it's too much and too little.
Lester Girls is a square-jawed super-spy who hates his job.
This man's man dodges every attempt to kill him, always
captures his man (and woman), indulges himself on the higher
and faster side of plush, but wants nothing more than to
live as a average "Joe" in a small town in a bungalow
with a mousy wife.
This collection of the first seven issues of Girls' comic
book title suffers from too much of the shtick just noted.
It is repeated in every issue as if there is no other element
of the super-spy sub-genre to parody.
What recommends the writing on Girls, however,
is the fun the writers are having satirizing a subgenre
they obviously love is easily translated to readers.
The Trouble With Girls has too little attention
paid to detail in the art. The artist has minor problems
with perspective, and an occasional lack of variety in line
width flattens the art, weakens the illusion of depth, and
weakens suspension of disbelief.
What recommends the art on Girls, however, is that
it is in no way poor or even that most dreaded word for
artists, average. Its visual pacing is energetic, never
boring, its characters physically distinct and engaging,
and the majority of readers may not even notice the rough
Trouble With Girls Volume 1
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