Not just for girls!
The second issue of Girl Comics published y Marvel features many prominent Marvel characters (not only the Marvel women), but is a volume created entirely by women in the comic book industry.
The GoodWhen the first issue of Girl Comics was released well over a month ago I remember wanting to read it really badly. For whatever reason, (be they time constraints or what have you,) I never got around to it. So before I start my review of the second issue, I want to give a nod to the first issue which featured the fantastic cover art by Amanda Conner that depicted an arm wrestling match between She-Hulk and Tony Stark. Onto the second issue!
The comic is split into five separate parts, and contain five individual stories by five different creative teams starring characters from all over the Marvel Universe. The stories therein are essentially "shorts" and basically exist outside of continuity. I think the idea of having a book like this that features so many different characters and utilizes them in these humorous and clever short stories can be a lot of fun, and is executed really well. Girl Comics has a definite charm and is distinctly driven by feminism in the way that the characters are written, the dialogue between them, as well as the artistic portrayal of the characters. However, just because it is executed in a distinctly female perspective, does not mean that this comic is just for girls. In fact, I absolutely recommend it to boys! You may not find the intense action packed sequences like in the latest Avengers issue, but I guarantee that you will laugh. "Do You Ever" by Faith Erin Hicks explains the main difference between adolescent boys and girls brilliantly in a sweet, humorous, "day in the life of a girl superhero" kind of a way. My favorite story, however, is also the most serious in this issue. "Rondeau," written by Christine Boylan and penciled by Cynthia Martin features a fantastic dialogue between Doctor Stephen Strange and Adria. The best part about this story was the way that Boylan handled the sexual tension between the two characters. It is evident, but still so subtly and eloquently relayed through the art.