Nov 3, 2016

The 40 Years of Comics Project - Day 617: Gammarauders #6, August 1989

Up in the top corner of this cover, a question is asked: "Who is our curvaceous new cast member?"

My first reaction to this was *sigh*, of course she's introduced through her body, even though the "curvaceous cast member" in question is actually the niece of the architect of the Gamma Age, and a fighter and scientist in her own right. But, y'know, it's her body that matters, obviously.

And then I had another look at that picture up above, and then at the brief glimpse of one of the Happy Face girls that always accompany Borg-Handler Slash, who, aside from the creepy, creepy masks, are always depicted as lithe, super-model-esque creatures. Allisdau Womba, however, seems to have, for lack of a better term, a bit more hourglass than supermodel going on, and considering the time that this comic was produced, that's pretty impressive. Add to this that, inside, though her shape is slightly less substantial than on the cover, she appears completely clothed, in a position of authority, and as a person unafraid to express her sexuality. Considering the less-than-dignified question concerning her identity on the cover, inside she's introduced as a force to be reckoned with, not simply one to stare at.

Smart comics are complicated. Who knew?


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