GRAPHIC NOVEL
Danger Girl
Odd Jobs

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 9.99
ISBN 1 84023 484 9
Available 25 March 2005


Beautiful adventuress Abbey Chase and the rest of the Danger Girl team know that being international, top-secret spies also means doing a fair share of Odd Jobs in the battle for the greater good. As luck would have it, even vacations turn into non-stop adventures and every member of the agency has to be ready to jump into action no matter what they're doing... or wearing!...

Odd Jobs is a rather disappointing offering. It's a one joke gag, spread across several stories. Take a Bond scenario and give it a girlie twist. And what is the point of Johnny's character? It's always the same - revolving around Johnny's rather pathetic attempts to impress any woman who will listen to him. He's handsome and well dressed and wouldn't have a problem finding the girl of his dreams, but as soon as he opens his mouth, out comes a load of rubbish.

To me, Danger Girl isn't Danger Girl unless it's drawn by Arthur Adams. And sadly, only one tale in this collection is illustrated by the great man himself. Adam's offers a voluptuous, sexy touch to his work. However, Phil Noto does give us a beautiful Abbey - facially, but nothing more.

If shallow, clichéd and, to some extend, sexist stories do it for you then you'll probably lap this up. However, for those who want something a little more challenging this is not for you.

Nick Smithson

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