By Nolan P. Smith
Ready for a shocker? I have never read a book by Terry Moore. Yes, I’m as surprised as you are. When I told the comic shop owner that when I picked up Motor Girl #1, I was met with a look of shock, disbelief and a tad bit of disappointment. I know of Moore’s books, and honestly, I’ve wanted to check them out, it just never seemed to happen. So here I am, with my very first Terry Moore book, Motor Girl.
Samantha runs a junkyard in the sweltering heat, with her pal, a Gorilla. Yeah, right from the get go, the world is a bit bizarre. We start to see more of Sam’s past, even if just shreds of knowledge of it, enough to know that something isn’t right with the young mechanic. Throw in a UFO and some rather animated aliens, and you got yourself one quirky, heck of a comic book.
I’ll admit, I have never really been a fan of black and white comics. That’s strictly a personal preference and in no way reflects the quality of a story for me. I really like Motor Girl and how this issue sets up what is next to come. Like when Sam brings up that its hard to keep reality in check, it makes me wonder what exactly is going on in Sam’s head, and what that means for every aspect of this story.
I really dig Moore’e artwork, but his dialogue is amazing. It makes the book, and really makes it feel like these characters are right in front of me, conversing and such. I don’t have any of Moore’s work to measure this to, but if Strangers in Paradise, Echoes or Rachel Rising are anything like Motor Girl, then I need to hurry up and check them out. If you are looking for a break from the superhero books and want something that just looks and feels like a great story, then give Motor Girl a shot, you won’t regret it.
Rating: 9.0 out of 10.
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