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"Danger Doll Squad Presents Amalgama Lives #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Action Lab: Danger Zone

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Written by Jason Martin
Illustrated by Winston Young
Colored by Geraldo Filho
Lettered by Adam Wollet
2019, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on May 1st, 2019

Review:

After DollFace, Zombie Tramp, and Vampblade tore her empire down, Amalgama is pissed off and seeking revenge. First, she's got to literally pull herself back together, but with the combined powers of those three heroines, it will be worth the trouble. She begins her one-woman rampage as she sets her sights on Earth.

If you haven't read the two previous Danger Doll Squad series, you might be a little lost with Amalgama Lives, as this series spins directly out of those. The big “take-home” is that she's a power-mad empress that controls a host body. Think Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but creepier and way sassier. She managed to create a new body by merging elements of DollFace, Zombie Tramp, and Vampblade.

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Here we see her recreate that body and it's just as deadly as ever. Every time she taps into one of her powers, a little pop-up is shown on the page, defining the characteristic. Letterer Adam Wollet does a nice job with these, adding a bit of fun to the ensuing violence.

Much of this issue is pure bloodshed as Amalgama cuts her way through enemy forces to make her escape. The action gets more and more gruesome with each turn of the page. Artist Winston Young packs this book with non-stop kills. She's driven by Zombie Tramp's hunger for flesh, so you can imagine how crazy this gets. At one point she's covered in entrails and snaps to her senses.

Amalgama is balanced with one arm from DollFace and the other from Vampblade. This means she's shooting with her left arm and slashing with her right. It makes for a pretty lethal combination, especially with how she can manipulate each side to suit her needs.

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You never forget that Amalgama is on an alien spaceship. The setting is very much sci-fi with bright lights and a seemingly sterile environment. This makes the appearance of all that blood a bit shocking as it flies in the face of everything that's been built in this ship. Colorist Geraldo Filho makes this combination work well.

Since this issue is largely setup, it gets by on all the crazy violence. The story is a little light as it's basically just putting Amalgama in position to head back to Earth and start a fight. If this is what she does to get started, imagine what she'll do when she reaches her target. We've dealt with witches, zombies, vampires, and other supernatural creatures in this universe and now we're getting a real sci-fi adventure. It's dripping with just as much blood as the other titles so I'm curious as to where Amalgama will go next.

Grades:

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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