SLAM! #1 – Review; A Strong Start to a Fresh New Series
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Artist: Veronica Fish
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Slam! celebrates strong women, friendship and roller derby with vibrant art, punchy dialogue and grade-A puns. This comic book is for women, by women, but that doesn’t mean male readers should steer clear. If you appreciate real women then you can enjoy this book and learn a few things along the way.
Slam! is the story of Maisie and Jen, two strangers that just need something more in their lives. They find it at the Eastside Rollergirls Rookie Rumble. After watching their first Roller Derby they go through the grueling tryout process and forge a fast friendship.
Pamela Ribon’s story is about real women away from the eyes of men, unfiltered by societal expectations of propriety. Even more refreshing is that they spend very little time talking about men. It is almost as if men are not the center of their universe and a woman’s value isn’t derived from how happy she can make the men in her life. Weird! (*Sarcasm*) This story is a peek behind the curtain of sisterhood. In this first book, we learn as much about the roller derby lifestyle as we do about the characters. It is fun, informative and fresh.
Veronica Fish’s art compliments Ribon’s story and celebrates women’s bodies without a shred of exploitation. The skin shown is peppered with well-earned bruises, scrapes and bandages. These roller derby bad asses come in all shapes and sizes and are drawn powerful, confident and beautiful in their roller derby gear. These women are athletes, warriors. They know exactly who they are on the battlefield. Fish draws Maisie and Jen with more vulnerability in alone and in street clothes.
Slam! #1 is a strong start to a fresh new series that I highly recommend. I had no idea what to expect when I offered to review this book but was excited at my first glance at the cover. Every panel’s art and story lived up to the promise emblazoned there. I am excited for where this book is heading. There may be a hint or two on the first panel; Skate Fast, Skate Hard, Turn Left.
Writing 4.5 / 5.0
Art 4.5 / 5.0
Overall 4.5 / 5.0
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