Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever-Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt-to defend their turf at all costs.
Curb Stomp #1 (Published by BOOM! Studios; Review by Draven Katayama; ‘Rama Rating: 8 out of 10): Ryan Ferrier introduces us to the Fever: a group of five vigilante women who protect their borough from two neighboring boroughs’ gangs. Ferrier highlights real-life issues of sexism: a male gang member calls one of the Fever a misogynistic epithet, sparking major repercussions.
Devaki Neogi’s panels flow smoothly with a ’70s noir aesthetic that
evokes Pulp Fiction and Ming Doyle’s The Kitchen. Neil
Lalonde’s pop art-inspired colors are reminiscent of Taki Soma’s high
contrast style, but with a Jordie Bellaire-like intuition for interplay
between background and foreground that looks fitting, not jarring.
Ferrier, Neogi, Lalonde, and letterer Colin Bell capture the
powerlessness people feel when subjected to perpetual injustice. This is
timely social commentary, smart storytelling, and a solid cast of lead