|Cover, Jeffrey Spokes|
In this issue, TG has returned from her "adventure" to the comic book convention and picks up with her regular patrols. She also receives advance pages of comics from a publisher that wants to use her as a model for a comic book character. It's here that you might be offended. Hickman pokes some fun at several styles of comics you can find on the shelves these days. One skewers some of the high brow British writers with some steampunk thrown in for good measure while another jests with the ideas of big, cosmic, all-out battles. These made me laugh. Especially, the Brit comic, where TG has only suspenders covering her breasts.
The first sample pages she receives turn TG into a Punisher style hero complete with a pet monkey throwing bombs from a helicopter. When I first read it, I thought, "This is awesome!" Then I realized that Hickman was pointing out the idiocy of some of the comics I actually read. Some of the references will be too old I think for some readers like the villain named Jart. That may be one of the reasons for some of the poor reviews I've seen for TG #3. Those reviewers may not be old enough to know what Hickman is referencing.
Before I get to the main story, let's talk about the art. Sid Kotian's art is beautiful. His abilitiy to jump from style to style between the comic book parodies and homages and the main story art is amazing. I can't believe this guy is not working for Marvel or DC right now. Bill Farmer's colors are fantastic as well.
Now back to the main story. I mentioned in my review of TG #2 that I was afraid that the hints of actual danger would never materialize. In TG #3 we learn that TG's "missing" ex-boyfriend is dating someone else. Is he truly missing or just avoiding TG? I still fear that there is no real danger except maybe TG as a danger to herself, though Hickman has diluted it a bit with the reveal on the last page of the book. Now that I think I understand what this is all about, I'm starting to enjoy TG. If you're not afraid of thinking a little beyond costumes and continuity, I suggest you pick it up.