Ultragirl #1

Posted: Thursday, April 10
By: Ray
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Writer: Barbara Kesel
Artists: Leonard Kirk(p), Terry Pallot(i)
Publisher: Marvel

Another new female hero, ULTRAGIRL revels in heroism and
reveals depth unexpected from such a carefree personality. We
see Suzy exhibit teamwork with the New Warriors--who expand
in dimension under Barabara Kesel's reins. Her concern for others
glows past the need to entertain the spotlight; she's even willing to
suffer excruciating pain to save lives. Her unbridled optimism
favors no ulterior motive--as Firestar learns, and when confronting
her origins she remains true to her own cause--"I'll be a Good Ultra
Girl. So you just watch me make that name famous...for all the
right reasons."--rather than blindly obey the racist Kree. The
scene plays intriguing. Suzy isn't stupid, and one of the possibilities
she must have considered was that the Kree may in fact control her
powers or possess the means to strip away that power, but their
potential hold over does not weaken Suzy's resolve. As evinced by
her flirtation with Rage, she despises their bigotry and establishes a
magical moment of maturity.
Though Ms. Kesel's obvious talent propelled this book into the
hands of rational fans, it would have impacted with a silicone
sculptor. Leonard Kirk and Terry Pallot, who gave many DS9
fans reason to live, draw women instead of cachongas with
wisp-waisted females attached. Their characters run the full
gamut of shapes and sizes. Suzy appears the most powerful,
but the heavy-set Chief Newbergh, the undeveloped yet attractive
Firestar and the streamlined Namorita provide contrast. The
artistic diversion also affects the male characters. Nova and
Justice appear positively puny next Rage, but both heroes outclass
If my words do not convince you of "Ultragirl's" rarity, Mr. Kirk's
and Mr. Pallot's artwork will. Their characters convey believable
emotion amid typical super-hero problems. A sly, private smile
animates Namorita. Determined, clenched teeth naturally proliferate
through the destruction, but a smile twists Suzy's lips as she flies into
battle while she explodes with a raging mouth, pointed fingers and a
knit brow upon meeting her "true" kin. My one complaint? Marvel
hasn't evolved the brains to produce more than three issues, yet you
can't swing a dead cat in a comic book store without hitting a dreary,
new X-title.

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