It's a Duel Identity Crossover in Absolute's White Widow #3

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Gabby Garcia's problems have only multiplied since her father showed up and injected her with nanites right before being killed. Now the platinum blonde science student and volleyball athlete finds that she can manifest an exoskeletal armor that can alter its appearance at will.The result is, visually, Silver Sable with a symbiote, but the story bears no such similarities.

This chapter finds Gabby trying to find out more about The Group, the agency she believes killed her father, and discovering she has more untapped abilities. But when her solo investigations run into a dead end, her friend Regina talks her into approaching the city's resident superhero, Andromeda, for help. As luck would have it, Andromeda will be appearing at a masquerade ball, to which Gabby had previously found an invitation.

But spilling her guts to Andromeda may not be in Gabby's best interests -- especially when Andromeda (the star of Absolute Comics' DUEL IDENTITY series) has her own questionable connections to The Group. You know where this is heading before the last page -- Superhero Slobberknocker!

Benny R. Powell's story is simple, which is a good thing in this day and age, although perhaps a bit too stereotypical in places where it involves the malevolent leader of The Group. Iwan Nazif's pencils are straight out of the 1990s good girl art period, with slick lines and posed panels with heavily detailed fashion. Although, like the 90s good girl art, it also has its moments of overexaggeration. The splash page of Gabby in her gala gown, for instance. reveals inhumanly long legs. I've noticed the same trend recently while organizing my comics and going through my run of DARKCHYLDE. The legs were exceedingly, distractingly long. (That said, it didn't stop me from buying the book...)

The foil logo and the cover art from series co-creator Jamie Tyndall help this book truly stand out from its competition on the shelf, and should make for an easy sell. It's a fun story, overall, and should satisfy readers looking for an escapist action title that doesn't moralize.

Grade: 
4.0 / 5.0