Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you're given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 9, which is A Comic That Totally Blew Your Mind
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
Last year, I went with Noah Van Sciver's Blammo series. This year, I'll go with Street Angel, which was released in a new printing in 2014 from AdHouse Books!
When I first picked up the original Street Angel mini-series by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, I had no idea what to expect, so I was definitely blown away by the adventures of Jesse Sanchez, the Street Angel. She is a homeless orphan living in the world's worst ghetto who uses her skateboarding skills and martial artistry to kick bad guy behind.
One of the coolest recurring gags from the series (just the actual issues, not the trade) is that before you get to the story in issue #1, there is a drawing of Jesse fighting a giant octopus.
From that point on, every issue has Jesse fighting the octopus again, but in bizarre and offbeat ways.
To wit, from issue #4...
There's a similarly cool recurring gag where Rugg will draw Jesse on the back cover of the issue in drastically different art styles.
To wit, here's #1 and #4...
Very funny stuff.
In any event, #1 is an action-packed romp as Jesse must save the Mayor's daughter from the evil Dr. Pangea and his band of ninjas.
Here is Jesse deciding whether to take the gig....
Rugg has a really inventive style of storytelling - it's so dynamic and detailed. SO much energy in every page!
The recurring bad guys throughout the series are ninjas (who are basically just henchmen). Here is Jesse dealing with them...
Finally, here's one of my favorite bits from the entire series. Jesse has burst into the lair of Dr. Pangea and while she killed a bunch of ninjas, it has not worked out perfectly...
I love that page turn bit!!
Man, Street Angel was awesome. And at the time, it was a surprise, but now I know that these guys deliver great quality and I'll always look for Rugg/Maruca work from here on out.