I am a heterosexual male. And, as a heterosexual male, I have always enjoyed the art of Frank Cho. His vision of a world filled with well-endowed, attractive women has been the "happy place" that I escape to when angry, depressed or after another young woman has broke my heart. So what if the women he draws are offensive to anyone with a XX-chromosome? I think it shows charac-- wait. Frank Cho didn't draw this book? He just wrote it? You mean someone else draws like this?! Oh, well, that will make this review so much easier. Forgive my excuses for Frank Cho. 50 Girls 50 is not really worth your time or your $2.99.
If you have not read any of the series, here is the gist: Earth's resources are nearly depleted. Scientists find a way to form wormholes that lead to other galaxies, but no one with a Y-chromosome can survive going through the wormholes. Earth sends out 50 women spread across 10 ships to explore and gather resources to bring back to Earth. We follow the six-woman crew of the ESS Savannah after they make an incorrect jump and are now lost in the cosmos.
What really saddens me is that this issue is actually the best of the series, thus far. The first two issues followed the same formula: Two of the officers are left on a newly discovered planet. They are attacked by the planet's inhabitants. They fight the planet's inhabitants. The officers get as close to naked as US comic book censorship is allowing these days. They make another jump to a different system.
In this issue, we get a Star Trek-inspired tale. After jumping into an asteroid belt, they notice that one of the asteroids is heading straight for a planet that is inhabited by intelligent, anthropomorphic dinosaurs. (No, I am afraid I am not kidding.) Think Duckworld from Howard the Duck, but with dinosaurs (and far less existential commentary). They decide to make contact with the dino-people and try to move them to a nearby inhabitable planet. In trying to do so, the damned, dirty lizards try to take over the ESS Savannah.
The problem is that it is just another science-fiction cliché that has been explored ad nauseam. Frank Cho has come up with a genuinely original concept to tell very different stories, but it becomes a 14-year-old Jim Kirk's wet dream. The dialogue between the crew is laughable, which is not surprising since there are no real characters. Cho and Murray have yet to explain anyone's motivation to do anything in three, out of four, issues. The crew end up coming off as caricatures of other characters throughout sci-fi television history. If I do not know who these characters are, then why am I supposed to care?
The only solace one can take in this book is Axel Medellin's art. While very Cho-esque, Medellin has wonderful character form and detailed precision-line drawing. Even if this is not a Cho-drawn book, Medellin's Cho figures can stand hand-in-hand with Cho's work. It makes me interested in jumping into Elephantmen when his issues start up in September.
Murray and Cho plan on continuing this series after these initial four issues, and promise to explain more and tell different stories if the series is picked up again. Honestly, I would like to see that. Maybe I am a glutton for punishment, but I do see some potential in this. But, as the series stands, I do not see all that much.
Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.
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