Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Lola XOXO Issue #1 (of 6) by Siya Oum

Release date: April 9, 2014
Published by: Aspen Comics
Page Count: 25 pgs
Source: Purchased by Comixology
Author/Artist links: Twitter | deviantArt  
Buy Links: Comixology | TFAW  

In the "Wasteland", Lola, a young woman with a resolve fortified by a lifetime of survival on her own, must journey across the nuclear-decimated United States in order to find the family that was taken from her! As her quest for the truth begins, Lola uncovers the true inhumanity of the Apocalypse, as those who seek to hold power in a new frontier, will do so at all bloody costs-including her life!

Great start to a new series that follows a woman searching for the parents she lost when a terrorist attack changed the world. It's a post-apocalyptic setting where bartering replaces the use of currency, horses are a common mode of transportation, and exiles are fed to the lions.

Lola has waited years for the opportunity to venture out in search of her mother and father. Her patience eventually runs out and she decides to journey through the Wasteland on her own. Of course, it's not long before she runs into trouble and this is where the first issue ends.

I was initially drawn to this story because of my curiosity about the author. Not only is Oum a female comic book writer (something I don't often come across), but she's also the artist and an amazing one at that. Look at how beautiful the art is for this story..

While I did enjoy Lola XOXO, I also have some complaints. First, the title. It's cheesy and doesn't feel like it fits the story. 

My next problem is something that I come across so often I feel like I should just give up complaining about it.. female comic book character attire. Lola mounts a horse and rides away in cut-off shorts, fishnet stockings, and a black corset. *insert eye-roll here* Not only is her clothing completely impractical, but it's especially ridiculous considering she has difficulties with pervs harassing her and invading her personal space. Not sayin' that a certain type of clothing is an invitation for these men to be creepy molesters, but dressing like a hooker doesn't seem very wise. 

And besides, it's the apocalypse. Where do you find fishnet stockings when you're living in a nuclear wasteland?!?

Aspen Comics published one of my favorite series, Lady Mechanika, but it was never completed. I was hoping that Lola XOXO would be my new favorite. It's too soon to say whether this is true but issue 1 has me intrigued. I'm interested enough to purchase #2 when it releases next month.


Pabkins @ Not Yet Read said...

Ok that complaint about attire is completely in line with my thinking! I freaking hate how scant clad some of the women are and frankly it is demeaning to think they would all dress this way, if they still wanted her to be "sexy" they could have accomplished it with freaking skintight leather pants.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Exactly. Lady Mechanika was sexy and she was in long Victorian dresses and steampunk gear with long pants and long sleeves. She had major cleavage going on and in real life her breasts would cause her to tip over, but that's not something I usually complain about =)

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