Abbey Chase is back in Danger Girl Renegade #1. I don’t exactly know how long she’s been gone, I mean, I’ve seen some Danger Girl books around over the past few years, but never such a push from IDW like this for Danger Girl Renegade.
Before I get into too much detail as to why Danger Girl Renegade might be a big deal, I have to tell you my history with the Danger Girl series. As an impressionable young man back in 1998 I fell in love with the Danger Girl series and J. Scott Campbell’s art, I think we all know why, but I give all the credit into my resurgence back into comic books to Danger Girl. The book was fantastic, a group of super sexy super spies with action, comedy, bewbs, and suspense, everything you’d want from a comic book.
The original Danger Girl series, which in my opinion concluded too early however, never went into any type of origin story. You just got the gathering of the foxes, but never knew how they became who they were. Well Danger Girl Renegade is about to change all of that.
You may notice from the cover that Abby Chase, the “face” of the Danger Girl series, looks a bit young, well that’s what Danger Girl Renegade is gonna bring, an origin story. How did Abby Chase become the Indiana Jones-like archeologist? Hell, how did she even become a Danger Girl? Andy Hartnell returns to hopefully answer all those unanswered questions.
Hartnell has brought back some great action, it felt like Danger Girl hadn’t missed a beat, and Danger Girl Renegade #1 even had a page that made me belt out in laughter (I’ve included it above for you, Abby actually threw the snake, obviously not expecting what happens to happen). Yet, it’s not the book I fell in love with, it’s not Hartnell’s fault, it’s not really Stephen Molner’s art either, it’s just not J. Scott Campbell’s art. I know it seems unfair to not like a well written book because it lacks your favorite artist, but that’s also why I haven’t read any Danger Girl since.
Danger Girl Renegade #1 from Hartnell and Molner is a fun, action packed origin story, it’s just lacking the original artist who defined the earlier books that meant so much to me. It just feels weird, to me, that’s not saying you shouldn’t at least give it a read. Maybe the newest Danger Girl will have the same affect it had on me back in 1998.