Welcome to WOQW with me, James Hatton.
It’s been quite a bit of time since I’ve written a WOQW, mainly because I didn’t have something to tell you about. Well this week I’ve decided to take a comic that I read that needs dissection. It needs to be broken down in a panel to panel way to show you how bad it is. It needs to be backed into a corner, and shot to put it out of it’s misery. It’s a book that is meant to bring young girls into the medium that we call comics.
It’s Jubilee #4.
Now, first off, a few notes. My first review of Jubilee was for #1, and I was told by a couple of people that I was a bit hard on it. Time has proven me right on this one, as the art has just turned into a mockery of Asian stereotyping and the premise is so beyond farfetched, it makes CLONE SAGA look like a walk to the local grocery store.
So, without further adieu, you do need a copy in front of you to get the full jist of this, but I will do my best to explain as we go along. This is quite literally me nitpicking, and I know you can do that to many other books, some quite good, but some of the specifically bad points need mention.
Title page. Nothing of note. I only leave it here as a point of reference, so you know where to start. Skip ad pages for numbering, thank you.
Panel Two: This panel shows Jubilee leaning against a doorframe. Again, another point of reference. Note Jubes’ skin tone, capre pants, Unneccesarily huge beltbuckle (do kids wear that kind of thing? I’ve never seen it), green strapped tank top, open-toed sandles, and a purple bandana. That’s her outfit. Kay, we’re clear? Good.
Panel OneJubilee has walked into her room and is now wearing a strapless tank top, long jeans, and red sneakers. Forgiving the tank top is one thing, as it’s obviously just an oversight, but we add in that the rest of her outfit has changed AND she is wearing some iPod like thing and.. well.. I warned you I was going to nitpick.
We are now on Day 2 of this comic, please once again note that Jubilee is wearing the EXACT SAME OUTFIT, oh, and her pants are capri’s again.
At this point in time in the story, Jubilee has gone to her after school peer counseling job. She’s talking about how she talked a kid off of a roof. The insinuation MIGHT be sarcasm, but it’s hard to tell. Either way, we are about to learn that her advisor, Ms. Kingsley has had her car stolen, but she is so vacant that she doesn’t notice that Jubilee is talking about having STOPPED A KID FROM KILLING HIMSELF.. sarcasm or not, wouldn’t a peer advisor ask, “Seriously?” or “Don’t kid around!” … nope, not Ms. Kingsley, she lost her car, dammit.
Jubilee has met up with her old friend Charlie from last issue. Remember, the same kid that got kicked out of the gang because the gang leader wanted him to study more? Yeah, same kid. Anyway, he and Jubilee are walking around what we can assume is South Central, and at the very least a bad part of town. Jubes has chosen to sport her gang colors by not taking off the bandana. Let’s just hope she doesn’t meet any Crips or Bloods or any other number of gangs, because bandana wearin’ is a shootin’ offense.
Jubilee and Charlie are in the thugged out alleyway where Shooter, Charlie’s former leader happens to hangout with his thug-buddies. Next to his beat-up old recliner sits… a bag full of money?! What kind of odd throwoff detail is that!? It’s good to see that even in the dark alleyways, thugs just have bags of benjamins.
Panels One through Three
Shooter decides he’s going to help Jubilee out and look for the stolen car. Why? Because there is no real reason why. He just does. So instead of bringing his two very obvious (and statue-esque, because they don’t move, talk or even act as if anything is going on) co-thugs – both who look as if they could hold their own, he takes Jubilee. I guess I understand that part, I mean, they ARE statues.
Shooter is gracious enough to tell Charlie to leave. Apparently Shooter didn’t throw Charlie out like we saw in last issue. It seems Charlie left, so last issue’s continuity is completely null and void. Oh, and now Charlie has gained Jubilee’s amazingly shifting walkman. Donovan REALLY likes to draw those on people randomly.
Now over the course of the next few pages, Jubes and Shooter get themelves into a fire fight, are shocked when the police start coming, and they find out that they are both mutants. Shooter can shoot from his fingers, which is kind of a neat power, actually. We resume back when Jubilee gets home that night.
A note, from here on, Donovan is in full Asian mode as Jubilee looks as if she has no eyes. Seriously, no pupil, no iris, just lines. If I was Asian, I would be offended.
Hey! Look what Jubes is wearing, the SAME CLOTHES FOR TWO DAYS NOW! I understand if this is a Gilligan thing, where she is always wearing the same clothes, but she was wearing different things last issue. It just seems careless.
Nothing significant of note, other than Jubilee looks reaaaaaaaly scary right there, and I expected that if she smiled, we would see her nosal cavity as her mouth runs from cheek to cheek. I assume he’s trying to follow the ‘end of the eyes equal end of the mouth’ rule of face drawing, but the eyes are about a mile away from each other, so he’s over compensating.
Now a completely unnecessary twist happens right here. Not only does Jubes find her teacher kissing her principal, but the teacher that was damn near crying over her car being missing the day before, has NOTHING of note to say today about it. She’s too busy being happy to be kissed by a man with a cross on his tie.. a cross? Yea, I’m lost too.
And in the final coup de gras, we go RIGHT to a splash page, stopping all action and moving right into a seemingly random shot of Jubes’ Aunt and butler. This relates to the long arc of what is going on with the Aunt, but distracts us completely from what was going on.
So there you have it. A book that is so covered and filled with inconsistancies in the art and the style that it’s sad that this is what Marvel thinks your kids should be reading. Please, drop me a comment if you think I’m being too harsh – I don’t honestly think I’m being harsh enough.