The Luna Brother’s Girls

By | May 27th, 2009
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Remember when I recommended the Luna Brothers a while ago, raving and ranting about how great The Sword was? Well, my friend and I drove to a comic book store and spent an hour and a half talking about all the graphic novels inside and insisting that the other buy this or that. As I recommended the Sword to him, my eyes stumbled across a big hardcover collection that I did not recognize. I picked it up, and it was this creepy looking book entitled Girls. I saw that it was by the Luna Brothers, and considering the praises I sang for them over the Sword (not to mention my love for the work they did on Spider-Woman: Origin) I decided I should definitely check this out. As I got home and eventually started reading it, I found that I had picked up one of the oddest stories I had ever read.

Let me give you a short synopsis of the basic opening: our hero, Ethan, lives in a small community where everyone knows each other. He has been broken up with his girlfriend for a year now and is very lonely and horny. One night, while out at the bar, he has a bit too much to drink and ends up causing a scene. As he finishes and leaves, there is a huge explosion and everyone is confused. Ethan gets in his car and begins to drive home, but on his way he nearly hits a naked woman who comes running out of the woods. He brings her home and clothes her, giving her some clothes and offering a place to sleep. However, he soon finds himself in bed with her, and all Hell breaks loose from there. When he calls the local officer to come take a look at the girl, what they find is her cooped up in the bathroom laying eggs that produce clones of herself, and soon after her clones start attacking and killing the women of the town.

Crazy, huh?

When writing a review of Girls, I’m not sure when to begin. I can easily say I’m not sure everyone would like it, as it’s a pretty twisted tale. It’s one-part horror, one-part science fiction, one-part thriller, and one-part nightmare. If this were made into a film, I could easily see a lot of people panning it due to the subject matter and what’s inside. The thing about Girls is that you can’t read it just as a horror story, though. While it truly is a nightmarish tale of a small town’s reaction to the odd occurences that befall them, there is so much more to this story than that. It’s filled with subtext and is more specifically about the people of the story. We see a town go from just a simple community to a group of complex individuals, each trying to either take a stand or hide from the responsibility created. How would you react if a bunch of naked girls invaded your home town, trying to seduce the men and kill the women?

By the end of the story, I’m not sure what to think. I can’t tell if I really enjoyed it or not. I found the story much less gripping than Spider-Woman or The Sword, but I didn’t stop reading midway through the series either. I just completed it at a slower pace. There were many characters I actually really disliked, and although I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to, I was glad to see some of them killed throughout the events of the tale. Even at the end, as everything is tied up, I’m still left with some questions that I wish had a better explanation. While part of me really wants to love the story because of who made it, the rest of me can’t help but look at what they did after and say, “Well, I’m sorry, but this is just so much better.” I think that the Girls is a great story, don’t get me wrong, but in comparrisson to all that I love about The Sword, it just doesn’t hit me the same way. The art is still great, and the writing, while odd it times, is definitely still a big part of why I stayed with it and kept reading until the end.

If you’re a fan of the Luna Brothers already, I’d say give it a go. If you’re a fan of odd horror/sci-fi stories, this is also a book up your alley. But all in all, I’m not sure that most people would enjoy this story. While still very good, at the end of it I’m left scratching my head and contemplating, “What on Earth did I just read?”

To get your copy of the twisted maxiseries in one big book, click the link to the left and prepare for quite a ride. You can also read issue #1 by clicking on the cover of issue #1 in the paragraph above.

Matthew Meylikhov

Once upon a time, Matthew Meylikhov became the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Multiversity Comics, where he was known for his beard and fondness for cats. Then he became only one of those things. Now, if you listen really carefully at night, you may still hear from whispers on the wind a faint voice saying, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not as bad as everyone says it issss."