REVIEW: Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #5

Jim Mahfood is going to make you trip balls when you read this issue. Mahfood’s kinetic, hyper-stylized artwork falls somewhere between an acid trip and urban punk rock spray painted subway cars. This is a certifiable mind screw and you are at the center of that cerebral twist.

Mahfood isn’t new to the comic book game. This is an established veteran, who has spent a career on the edges of the mainstream, making himself into a creative legend. Mahfood’s style has only become more bombastic and edgy with time. The plot is secondary to the artwork. No one picking up this title is grabbing it for the story. Don’t get me wrong, there is a narrative to be found here, but it takes a distant backseat to the real star of the series and that is the visuals.

The plot is that the Grrl Scouts are fighting Josie. Josie is a homicidal pop star who is mind-controlling a legion of rabid, blood thirsty fans. They fight. Supernatural events occur that involve the hallucination of Hunter S. Thompson and an Aztec death God named Mictlantecuhli. And all of this is over a pair of magical socks?!? Like I said, the story is not important. What’s important is that Mahfood has found a way to take his alternative art style to a new level of awesome.

If I was scoring this book on visuals alone this would be a perfect five stars. Mahfood is an Indy darling and rightly so. His artwork has become a staple of the counterculture that he so richly depicts. Its boobs, and babes and violence rolled into an Andy Warhol seizure. It’s an orgasm for your eyeballs!

Sadly, while the story may not be important to this series, it is important to my review score. It would take a true wordsmith to craft a narrative that could connect the jagged dots of this story. Mahfood would be better served to just publish this without the dialogue, because there is only the shell of a plot here.

Final Thoughts: This is a series that has to be seen to be believed. I’m undercutting the score solely based on the lack of a cognitive storyline, but that does not detract from the enjoyment of feasting your eyes on this artwork. Final Score: 3 out of 5 tabs of acid!

Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #5
Story/Art: Jim Mahfood
Color:Letters: Justin Stewart

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