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Motor Girl #1 Review

The Premier Issue for a Potentially Fantastic Series

MOTOR GIRL #1
Story by Terry Moore
Art by Terry Moore
Cover by Terry Moore
Published by Abstract Studios
Release Date: November 2, 2016

Motor Girl #1 introduces us to Samantha, or Sam for short. She works as a mechanic in a junkyard in a deserted wasteland somewhere in the USA. Her best friend and constant companion is Mike, a talking Gorilla. She is a veteran of three tours and even experienced time as a POW.

Sam is tired of people who are willing to give up control of their lives for comfort and convenience. She herself may not have much control over her life but she knows there is more to life than just being a junkyard mechanic.

The Writing

As a storyteller, Terry Moore is top-notch. He swiftly gets to the point and never complicates things. He understands people; his characters are regular people, not a caricature. They are boring and mediocre, and yet he understands that most people have a burning desire to be something more. Motor Girl speaks to me personally.

As for the characters, Mike is the perfect friend for Sam. He always knows what to say and when to say it. The laugh-inducing banter at the outset of Motor Girl is a perfect example. Motor Girl feels realistic, as long you suspend belief momentarily to account for the existence of a talking gorilla, which is easier once you catch the “aha” moment.

The Artwork

Motor Girl is a black and white comic, yet you would be remiss if you dismissed that as simplicity. Moore is a master of black and white, which is not new to his fans.

The most important requirement for art to be considered excellent is to know when to leave it alone. One extra line or crosshatch can ruin an otherwise great piece of work. Moore never comes close to crossing the line . Some fun pratfalls near the end of the issue are a fine example of this idea.

Final Thoughts: Motor Girl #1

This is a simple start to what I can only believe will be a strong series. Some comic series start off with action grabbing sequences to keep you interested while others forgo action altogether to slowly introduce the players and set up the second issue. Motor Girl, on the other hand, establishes relationships without heavy dialogue or complicated art.

Motor Girl #1 is an excellent book in its own right. The fact that this is only the beginning should be an exciting prospect for fans. This book left me rooting for Sam and I cannot wait to see Moore tells us her story in more detail.

Motor Girl #2 hits shelves December 14, 2016.


*Unless otherwise noted, all comics I (Bradley) review are provided by Freakshow Comics in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada* 

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