Death loves Misery in Eternity Girl #1
Published by DC’s Young Animal
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Artwork & Cover by Sonny Liew
Colors by Chris Chuckry
Lettering by Todd Klein
Misery is just a Journey
Caroline Sharp is your typical middle-aged overachiever who would love nothing better than to than die. In the first issue of Eternity Girl, Caroline is an elemental shape-shifter who for most her life has been operating as a superhero. Smart and athletic, Caroline is the product and agent of a secret government agency called Alpha 13. After undergoing experiments giving her the ability to change matter and change shape, it has taken its toll. Unable to control her powers during an anxiety attack, she devastated an office building and left a co-worker in critical condition. Now she’s ordered to take a psychological evaluation. Caroline just wants to fight on but now might be out of reach until someone from her past makes an offer. Kill the world so that you can die. It’s haywire incognito as the review of Eternity Girl shifts your way.
This is the first in a new line of DC Universe publishing for mature readers. Not the superhero stories one’s is used to reading, but thought provoking stories that stir the mind. Here’s a superhero that cannot die but her life has no meaning to be alive. For Caroline, her drive to be the best has no flavor anymore. Here is where the dark side of the story comes into play as Caroline’s failed attempts have made her depressed. Sort of a young teenager having pendulum mood swings. What’s curious about Caroline is her only friend who makes all sense of her situations is someone that’s already dead, by her hands.
Artwork / Coloring / Lettering
There are no deep graphic action sequences here but an array of color schematics throughout various scenes keep the storyline from becoming dull. Love the flashback scenes where it’s a normal conversation with Caroline and therapist then turns in an apocalyptic death scene. The character Caroline Sharp, called Chrysalis, falls into the realm of weird and unusual. Seeing parts of her body distorted with nonhuman-like features along with moments of her zoning out keeps reality guessing. Not the most attractive female superhero, but she does grow on you as Caroline narrates her story throughout the comic book. Good dialogue to offer her sense of emotions she’s going through.
In conclusion to my review, it’s not a bad comic book issue, though I do find it morbid at times. The thing I find interesting are the moments where the Eternity Girl loses herself when faced with her personal anxieties. She closes her eyes and falls endlessly into darkness until reality pops her back into the pages. One can see she’s going something fierce as a screenshot of the Joker laughing through the television screen makes her less comfortable who she is. But seeing having died at her grasp, presents a challenge. It ends her existence by destroying the world, offers misery to finally have company. Next issue of Eternity Girl comes April 11th.