Slam! #3 – Review; Skate, Skate, Skate
Writer: Pamela Ribon
Illustrator: Veronica Fish
Colors: Brittany Peer
Publisher: Boom! Box
Slam! is an all-access pass to the exciting world of the fictional Eastside Roller Girls, a roller derby league filled with colorful characters, hard hits and silly puns. The story follows Jennifer “Knockout” Chu and Maisie “CanCan” Huff, two newcomers to the sport that met in tryouts and become fast friends. Unfortunately, they were drafted by different teams and ever since their friendship has been on life support. New teams, work, school, romance and derby life is killing it with a thousand small cuts. When things come to a head in this issue, it may be time to pull the plug.
Slam! came out the gate with a strong first issue and is still skating hard. Pamela Ribon balances the beautiful on-track action with the nuances of everyday life. Ribon exhibits the strength and toughness of these women, as well as their insecurities and vulnerability. She shows their doubts and dreams, successes and failures, opportunities seized and those that slipped past unnoticed. In this issue in particular Ribon shows the power of a few words of encouragement and the devastation of personal wounds left festering.
The character’s personalities on and off the track are as colorful and vibrant as Veronica Fish and Brittany Peer’s artwork. Whether the women are zipping around the track, excitedly surveying their bruises or ordering a “billion tacos” they do it with a style all their own. That style is so fantastically rendered by the artwork that it is impossible to think of another artist and colorist attempting to do so. For a great example look no further than this issues cover.
This is a comic book worth picking up whether you are young or old, male or female, interested in roller derby or never even heard of it. This book is transcendent in a way that few are. Excellent writing and art is like that, and this book is an example of both. I am primarily a reader of the comics of the superhero persuasion, but this book is the one I look forward to the most each month. Slam! has my highest recommendation.
Writing 5.0 / 5.0
Art 5.0 / 5.0
Overall 5.0 / 5.0
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