"Curb Stomp #1" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by BOOM! Studios
Written by Ryan Ferrier
Illustrated by Devaki Neogi
2015, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 25th, 2015
Things seemed pretty kosher in Old Beach. The women of the all-girl gang The Fever (Machete Betty, Violet Volt, Bloody Mary, Derby Girl, and Daisy Chain) had a night out, but when their leader Betty comes across some punks from rival gang The Wrath trespassing on their turf, she ends up getting in over her head. When one of them pulls a gun, she reacts in self-defense with a good old-fashioned curb stomping. Old Beach is a powder keg that's about to explode and these girls are right in the middle of it.
Curb Stomp could be described as an all-female version of The Warriors, but that would be selling it incredibly short. Writer Ryan Ferrier spends some time introducing us to each member of the group, so you get a sense of their personalities. He also reinforces the relationship between them. They're like family. They rely on one another and can depend on each other through thick and thin. When Betty comes to them after she takes care of the Wrath member, they spring into action, ready to fight to the death for one of their own.
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This isn't easy as everything is working against these women. There are greater forces at work than just the two rival gangs of Old Beach. Although they keep their borough safe from drugs and guns, there's a political play that's aiming to eliminate The Fever entirely. Despite having the odds stacked against them, Betty and the gang march into battle in a pretty awesome scene illustrated by Devaki Neogi.
The designs for the characters are pretty badass. Neogi has The Fever walk the line between beautiful and deadly. You may want to hit on these girls at the bar, but you might be afraid to do so because they can definitely kick your ass. Each is strong and unwilling to take any shit from anybody.
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Neil LaLonde's colors really pop throughout Curb Stomp. It gives the book an alternative vibe, like it's something you might find at a bizarre flea market from a forgotten publisher. There's a 1970s feel to the book that the colors help cement.
Curb Stomp comes off like an exploitation film, but empowers the women featured within it. This is a gang that's tough as nails and backed up with a lot of heart. It's the kind of comic that you want to read while blasting punk rock music.
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