Monday, March 19, 2018

Comic Book Review: Eternity Girl #1

If you're looking for big superhero action with flowing capes and battles galore, you'll need to seek it out in the pages of another DC comic somewhere. What you get with Eternity Girl #1 is thought-provoking meditations on the our place in the world, the meaning of life, and depression. Honestly, it's a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the typical action and violence-filled tales we're fed week after week. Let's just say that if Eternity Girl were adapted for television, it would fit nicely on the WB, what with all its angst and drama.

Caroline Sharp has been a lot of things, including both a superhero and a super-spy. But now, with those days behind her and her powers proving unreliable, Caroline finds herself stuck in a life weighed down by her depression and an inability to change. You see, Caroline is going to live forever, and there is no escape to be had. The very act of living reminds her that, to the rest of existence, she is an anomaly.

All of that could change, however, when her old foe, Madame Atom, comes to her with an intriguing offer. Madame Atom can give Caroline the power to end her life; she just has to destroy the rest of the world in Eternity Girl #1.

Sonny Liew's artwork for Eternity Girl #1 is one of its greatest assets. He works using a few different approaches to his penciling and inking. Most of the time, his illustrations are somewhat organic. They give way to a sort of digitized look, though when Caroline appears to be coming apart at the emotional seams. When we do get glimpses of superhero action, the panels resemble the old dotty print of classic newspaper-printed comics of the 1970s and 1980s.

Eternity Girl #1 is for mature readers. It contains violence, language, and frightening and intense scenes. Much of the comic concentrates on Caroline's constant attempts to commit suicide. Younger readers might misinterpret or just not understand what writer Magdalene Visaggio is trying to convey to audiences.

My concern with Eternity Girl #1 is in the fact that because of its serialized nature, Caroline is left in a state of suicidal depression in the end. She's contemplating destroying the world to achieve the peace she so desires. That's a dangerous place for teen readers to be left in this day and age.

Magdalene Visaggio (Mother Panic / Batman Special #1) wrote Eternity Girl #1. Artwork was provided by Sonny Liew (Doctor Fate). It was released through DC Comics on March 14th. The book is 32 pages long.

Rating: 8 / 10 stars