Reviewer: Andy Campbell
Story Title: N/A
Written by: Joe Casey
Penciled by: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by: Sandra Hope
Colored by: Randy Mayor
Lettered by: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Rob Steen
Cover by: Rian Hughes & Jim Lee
Editors: Ben Abernathy & Alex Sinclair
Publisher: Wildstorm > DC Comics
People seem to really be on the fence regarding the Intimates. Some think it’s pretty cool, some kinda like it but think that the “fun facts” are annoying, some just plain think it sucks. I happen to love it. I think it’s a fun setting with fun characters, and I think that the “fun facts” are great. I feel that this a great little universe that’s been created here, and the fun facts just add to that. I especially think that the “teen empowerment tips” are hysterical.
That said, this was another solid issue with lots of character development all around, chiefly with Empty Vee. She has been sending “lovey-dovey” text messages to Punchy, but has been too nervous to try to follow up on them. Punchy thinks the messages are coming from Destra, and even has Duke do the old elementary school tactic of having your friend ask the person that you like if they like you too. I think it’s great.
The teachers continue to get fleshed out more, as more of their past exploits as superheroes get brought up. Kefong displays his powers. Destra plots with Empty Vee. Punchy and Duke take advantage of Sykes in order to play with his video games. And the issue ends with a heartbreaking scene that I am all too familiar with.
Joe Casey continues to craft a story (or series of stories, if you will) that leaves the reader saying, “yeah, I know that guy; I went to school with that girl; etc.” The dialogue is spot-on, and the art is a perfect match. I can’t wait ’til the next installment, and that’s about the best thing I can say about a book.