COMIC REVIEW: Team Girl Comic 5

 Team Girl Comic has been going from leaps and bounds in the last few years.  Team Girl is based in Glasgow but anyone can join from any age. The main thing is that you are a female. The beauty of the books so far is that although they are completely written by females they are for anyone.

As a male I have often related to the likes of Jesty Pesty and feel just as worried about the things she does as any girl would. Team Girl is a shining beacon to show the comic world that girls like comics too and that they are just as good as their male counterparts at creating engrossing stories. Now the fifth edition of their anthology is out to buy. Part Five came about slightly differently as for the first time the girls decided to use the Kick Starter crowd funding sight to gain extra income to put more into their books and to have a bigger print run. Team Girl reached their target weeks before the cut off point showing that there is a market for this product.

The front cover of part 5 is stunning. It is bold and out there drawing the readers attention to it straight away. Like every anthology there are some stories that are better than others and Team Girl is no different in that respect. Yet something so special about Team Girl is the way that the writers and artists are not afraid to discuss personal experiences and problems that we all deal with in everyday life. This book has never been about fighting super villains. From the poignant take on worrying about your job in Bad Day at the Office by Nondo to the breakdown of a marriage in Love of the Loveless by Coleen Campbell. Bad Day uses innovative methods to illustrate the anxiety of the girl. Her thoughts are scribbled across the backs of the panels to show that she cannot stop thinking about what is about to happen to her. Loveless looks stunning as the moody style reads adds resonance to the words on the page.

The Interns is a funny wee take on car sharing. Lanarkshire 9-11 by Gill Hatcher is a perfect tale for how children felt around the disaster of September 11th. It has never been asked how children felt at the time. As I think I am about the same age as the character in question it is nice to see that we all dealt with it in the same way. There was a naivety as to what was going on and a blasé attitude amongst many that Hatcher portrays brilliantly here.

The book looks stunning with some fantastic art. For example, the opener, Lizard…in ‘The Day Job’ by MJ Wallace, Chloe Sevigny (Behaves Badly at a Buffet) by Honeypears by Heather Middleton, and Moving On by Jef Sinclair. The most glorious art of the book comes from Elena Vitagilano in Underground Glimpse. And Working out at Home by  Amanda ‘Hateball’ Stewart. Underground Glimpse hurtles through at a tremendous pace just like the tube ride it is meant to be representing. It is a simple story but it hangs there cleverly in the reader’s mind.Working out at Home will genuinely make you laugh out loud.

What seems to be the last story, Teaching the Young, is a wonderful bizarre adventure explaining how someone deals with their schizophrenia.

However there are some stories that are weaker but that should be expected from an anthology where personal taste will always come into play. The first story, It’s Not You It’s Me by Claire Yvette, I had mixed feelings about. As a story itself I quite liked it, in particular the way that the dialogue is shown: the dialogue is inside the panels as if it has been written on a piece of paper. Further once I saw that this was meant to be a prologue I really enjoyed it but to begin with it seemed strange that there was no contents pages as the book jumped straight into a story. It may have been beneficial for the editor to have put Prologue at the top or something like this because at first glance it feels strange. Further the fact that it is mentioned in the contents page might confuse the reader as the content page comes after it. The same happens again at the end of the book where we have the acknowledgements followed by a final story. Again I felt jarred by this. This story is not even mentioned in the contents and it does feel quite cool as it is almost like the encore to a band after they have finished. I just think that it would have been nice to refer to this as the epilogue in the contents, like referring to the first story as the prologue.

Overall Team Girl 5 is a huge success. There are some really good stories in here that illustrate just how strong the UK scene is at the moment. There are some wee problems here and there and stories that are weaker than others but this is definitely worth checking out.

More info at the Team Girl Comic Blog 

GS Rating: 4 out of 5

GS Reporter: Luke Halsall

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