Comic Review: Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 (Image Comics)

If you are up for psychedelic weirdness+, check out the new story arc of Grrl Scouts. Issue #1 of this six-issue miniseries launches this week from Image Comics. Jim Mahfood […]

If you are up for psychedelic weirdness+, check out the new story arc of Grrl Scouts. Issue #1 of this six-issue miniseries launches this week from Image Comics.

Jim Mahfood writes and illustrates this title, about our Grrl Scout, her companion Gordi, and her newly hired tough guy, Turtleneck Jones. It all starts out in a bar, a rather sketchy one. Speaking of ‘sketchy’, Mahfood’s line art style is made of sketchy, heavy lines, jagged angles, and exagggggggerated everythings. Loads of visual detail, all of the same overwhelming density and intensity, leading us to slow down and study the panels.

It’s an enforced slow down for the reader, as we navigate the angular, impulsive nature of the visual narrative.
The spot colour is ‘spot on’, punctuating the chaos to just the right degree.

Mahfood’s character dialogue is witty and pointed. These characters are rough-edged, with barbs in their words, provocative phrases ever at the ready.

If you’re ripping to read some haphazard wizardry in storytelling, with wildly wacky words and a visual style that embraces the best of Alex Nino and Ralph Steadman, this whiplashing of a saga will do you fine!

Issue one contains bonus sketches and short comic stories too.

Image Comics, Grrl Scouts Stone Ghost #1, $3.99 for 31 pages of comic content. Mature

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!