03rd Jul2017

‘GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #2’ Review

by Dan Clark

Written by Jim Mahfood | Art by Jim Mahfood | Published by Image Comics


GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks is a difficult book to review because it has a certain of style and humor that will work for its target audience. The question becomes how big is that audience, and more importantly does accomplishing what you set out to do make your work a success? My argument would be in general no. Look at Adam Sandler films for instance. No doubt they are the movies he wanted to make, but that does not mean that nearly everything he has done in the last decade has its tremendous amount of faults. Looking at GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #2 there are a lot of issues that stop it from being a successful book.

First and foremost that sense of humor is full of jokes that are random for random sake. When the first issue of your series advises you to light one up before reading clearly the humor is not designed to be nuanced. Broad comedy can legitimately be funny but this at times is unaware of its lack of cleverness. Even if you do enjoy the comedy there are some general problems with the scripting and overall story.

The biggest problem being these characters are both ill-defined and rather unlikeable. This series is based on previous work so maybe if you are aware of that there is something here for you. Without that, you have a group of individuals fighting over the use of magic socks with no reason to be invested. The only hope is somehow they take each other out as quickly as possible so there is no need to deal with any of them any longer.

Perhaps the problem is me as I’m looking for too much in a stoner comedy about magic socks that have traveled throughout history. Looking at Jim Mahfood’s brash art you can see a style that is creative and unquestionably its own. It will not take long to know if this book is for you or not, and I freely admit it is not in my wheelhouse. Still, that does not excuse some of the glaring story problems that stop this from being an enjoyable comic.

*½  1.5/5

GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #2 is out now from Image Comics.


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