FIGHT LIKE A GIRL: LEARNING CURVE – Comic Review
Just hearing a comic with the title, “Fight Like a Girl“, is already exciting enough. Add mythical gods, dinosaurs, space, and all the action you can handle and you’ve got one damn good comic. Now available in trade, Fight Like a Girl is bound to become your new favorite
Standing before a jury of nine gods, Amarosa pleads for a chance to risk her life and gain entry to the Wishing Well where she will fight her way through nine trials to claim her prize: a single wish that will save her terminally ill brother. Though she has some help, what she learns about herself here in the first four trials may be her only chance of survival.
Fight Like a Girl centers around Amarosa. She’s an independent lady who does what she wants and takes names while at it. The story starts off with her talking to certain mythological gods, asking for entrance to the Wishing Well. Fight Like a Girl throws us straight into the action, saving our questions to be answered slowly throughout the rest of the book. The council soon grants her access to the Wishing Well and from here on out, it’s a thrill ride like no other!
Upon entering the Wishing Well, Amarosa meets a sprite who leads her in the direction to victory. This little sprite tells her how it works; she gets to pick a door, there are eight levels, she must beat them all, etc,,, In this sense, Fight Like a Girl feels like a video game or like the anime, Sword Art Online (just without all those levels). The little sprite is also like a direct copy of Caesar Flickerman from The Hunger Games franchise. He try’s to interview Amarosa in certain worlds and after certain victories for the public watching at home. Reading this makes you understand more of what kind of society she’s in and how corrupt it all is. We don’t get too much detail on who’s watching and why, but here’s to hoping they explore that more in future issues!
Entering the first door gives us a little taste as to what’s to come. Her first opponent? A dinosaur! Fight Like a Girl doesn’t play around because I think the reader felt just as confused as Amarosa. (In the best way possible!)
Throughout the rest of the four issues, we slowly learn about how Amarosa got there, what exactly is going on with her brother, and how her (I’m assuming) boyfriend felt about it. Even though she appears strong willed at first, we learn that she does have her weakness’, she in vulnerable, and is what we all hope in a character; feels human. She’s still the super badass we were introduced to, but this slow reveal of her past really adds to the depth of Amarosa, making us love her even more!
Bonus: Here’s the amazing team behind it!
Creator: David Pinckney
Art: Soo Lee
Letters: Adam Wollet
Graphic Design: Brian Fowler