DANGER GIRL

 
Full Name: Danger Girl
Nationality: American
Organization: Danger Girl Freelance Operations Ltd.
Occupation Agency

Creator: J. Scott Campbell , Andy Hartnell
Time Span: 1998 - 2016
ABOUT THE SERIES

       Danger Girl is a private espionage organization.
       Its official name is Danger Girl Freelance Operations Ltd. and it was founded by an aging but still quite robust former spy with MI-6 nicknamed Deuce. As he tells it, he had been a very successful operative but with the call of the Soviet Union and the end to the Cold War, old war horses like him were deemed relics and his services were no longer needed. He reluctantly went into retirement but was called back when a union of would-be 'Fourth Reich' fanatics going by the name of Hammer, started causing trouble. He was offered a chance to create a private group to fight what the official world did not want to admit was a real problem.
       So he searched for a couple of the best female operatives he could find and he got them in three women. As the first recorded adventure begins, the reader is introduced to them as well as the latest woman to be offered a job with the elite team.
       That newest member is Abbey Chase, a woman in her mid 20's who is an expert in world history, especially obscure artifacts from around the globe. She is also a skilled marksman, terrific hand-to-hand fighter, gifted linguist, avid speedster (land and sea) and utterly fearless when it comes to getting the job done. Though she is the newest member, she quickly became the defacto field leader.
       Sydney Savage is an Aussie beauty who was in the group from the beginning and who relishes the excitement and the danger. She is not above trying things that seem crazy and then pulling them off, making her boss shake his head on more than one occasion. She is an accomplished fighter and can and does hold her own in most combats and if you give her a whip, she is lethal.
       Silicon Valerie is the third member of the group though, being a teenager, she seldom gets to go into the field. Where she shines and why she is such an important part of the team is her computer skills. She is most definitely a genius at the keyboard and routinely comes up with valuable intel that helps keep the others alive. She dreams (literally) about becoming a field agent and she know she will some day but until then, she more than earns her keep.
       Johnny Barracuda is not really a member of the team per se but is often called the Danger Boy because of his close involvement with the group. A member of the CIA, he liaises routinely and goes on many of their missions. He is skilled in lots of the cloak and dagger tasks and is incredibly handsome. He would like to believe he is the smoothest of operatives, figuratively and literally, but while he is good, he is not a good as he believes.
       Sonya Savage is Sydney's younger sister who, well into the series, first joins the team on a mission as an observer (read spy) but then elects to become a full-time member at the end of that assignment. She likes the bow and arrow as much as her sister likes the whip.
       Natalia Kassle is a Russian who was one of the original Danger Girl operative but it is revealed in the first recorded adventure that she is a Hammer mole and pays the ultimate price for her treachery. Being a comic book world, she does not stay dead forever.
       The missions that Danger Girl agents take part in vary from espionage to relic hunting but there is always excitement, danger, explosions, and beautiful women wearing skin-tight outfits if they wear anything at all, making them perfect reading material for the intended audience.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Issues:16
First Appearance:1998
Last Appearance:2016

       The "Number of Issues" is a misnomer in this entry of the compendium as this time I chose to list them by story arc. Many of these arc have been released in trade paperback format combining all the individual issues into one. The others were either too short to warrant a TPB or were one-shot stories. I have marked in each arc which is what.
       In 1998 the brain-child of two men, J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, Danger Girl was released by Image Comics. It told the adventures of a elite group of female agents in the employ of a highly experienced former agent going by the nickname of Deuce. These tales were in comic book form which allowed the artists to repeatedly display the physical charms of the ladies as they repeatedly got into tremendous trouble and then got themselves out of it, all the while looking fantastic as they kick the butts of the bad guys.

Note: in 1996, There was a one-issue comic put out by AniMagic, Ltd. entitled Danger Girls about a pair of kick-butt young girls, Jo-Jo and Kim, who fight bad guys. These are totally unrelated.

1 Danger Girl Danger Girl
Published by Image Comics
Contributors: J. Scott Campbell (writer and artist), Andy Hartnell (writer)
Copyright: 1998

TPB containing all 8 of the original comics from 1998-2002.
Tells how Abbey Chase meets the Danger Girl group, joins them in hunting down the stealer of ancient artifacts, and is part of the team when they confront the neo-Nazi group called Hammer.

2 Danger Girl - Kamikaze Danger Girl - Kamikaze
Published by WildStorm Productions
Contributors: Tommy Yune (writer and artist), Vince Russell (inker), Guy Major (colorer), Richard Starkings (letterer)
Copyright: 2001

A two-issue story (no TPB). On the hunt for a stolen Russian nuke, the Danger Girl team joins with the Japanese Inspector to retrieve a sunken and then stolen former Nazi super-weapon.

3 Danger Girl - Delusions Of Grandeur Danger Girl - Delusions Of Grandeur
Published by WildStorm Productions
Contributors: Andy Hartnell (writer), J. Scott Campbell (writer), Arthur Adams (drawings)
Copyright: 2002

One-Shot special - Young Silicon Valerie is tired of her computer geek-ness and dreams of some day doing all the exciting and death-defying things the other Danger Girl operatives routinely do.

4 Danger Girl - Hawaiian Punch Danger Girl - Hawaiian Punch
Published by WildStorm Productions
Contributors: Phil Noto (artist), Andy Hartnell (writer), J. Scott Campbell (writer)
Copyright: 2003

One-Shot special - A wealthy nut-case named Don Ka Nui wants to get rid of the U.S. from Hawaii and is using a hypnotized American admiral to fire his sub's missiles in an attack.

5 Danger Girl - 3-D Special Danger Girl - 3-D Special
Published by Wildstorm Productions
Contributors: Andy Hartnell (writer), J. Scott Campbell (writer), Alex Garner (inks), Richard Starkings (lettering), Ray Zone (3-D fx)
Copyright: 2003

One-Shot special - A reprint but this time in 3-D with some added scenes, telling how Abbey Chase became a Danger Girl.

6 Danger Girl - Viva Las Danger Danger Girl - Viva Las Danger
Published by WildStorm Productions
Contributors: J. Scott Campbell (writer), Andy Hartnell (writer), Phil Noto (artist)
Copyright: 2004

One-Shot special - Recovering an Egyptian artifact for a client who owns the latest huge casino in Las Vegas, the Danger Girl team is offered a vacation there. Rest is not likely when the artifact is learned to give longevity to its user and people want to kill to own it.

7 Batman / Danger Girl Batman / Danger Girl
Published by WildStorm Productions
Contributors: Gerry Alanguilan (inker), Leinil Yu (penciler), Andy Hartnell (writer)
Copyright: 2005

One-Shot special - On assignment in Gotham City, the Danger Girl team find an unlikely ally in the loner crime fighter, Batman, The Danger Girls are in town to find an international outlaw, Donavin Conrad, who has been spotted there and to bring him in. Conrad gets in league with the Joker.

8 Danger Girl - Back In Black Danger Girl - Back In Black
Published by WildStorm Productions
Contributors: Jim Chralampidis (inks and colors), Nick Bradshaw (penciler), Andy Hartnell (writer)
Copyright: 2006

TPB containing all 4 of the original comics from 2006.
Danger Girl is sent to retrieve a stolen Native American artifact called the Black Seed, a skull thought to hold supernatural powers.

9 Danger Girl - Body Shots Danger Girl - Body Shots
Published by WildStorm Productions
Contributors: Jim Charalampidis (inks and colors), Nick Bradshaw (penciler), Andy Hartnell (writer)
Copyright: 2007

TPB containing all 4 of the original comics from 2007.
A series of nuclear explosions are designed to get the President to surrender himself to the mastermind behind it.

10 Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness
Published by Dynamite & IDW
Contributors: Marshall Dillon (letters), Andy Hartnell (writer), Adriano Luca (colors), Chris Bolson (art)
Copyright: 2011

TPB containing all 6 of the original comics from 2011.
The Hammer Corporation is back with another plan to use Deadites to take over the world. Ash is there to fight them and this time he has the help of the Danger Girl team.

11 Danger Girl - Revolver Danger Girl - Revolver
Published by IDW
Contributors: Neil Uyetake (letters), Jeromy Cox (colors), Chris Madden (art), Andy Hartnell (writer)
Copyright: 2012

TPB containing all 4 of the original comics from 2012.
Sydney's younger sister, Sonya, wants to join the team as the Danger Girl operatives search for a missing Peruvian treasure.

12 Danger Girl - G.I.Joe Danger Girl - G.I.Joe
Published by IDW
Contributors: Phillip Moy (inks), Andy Hartnell (writer), John Royle (pencils), Romulo Fajardo, Jr. (colors), Neil Uyetake (letters)
Copyright: 2012

TPB containing all 5 of the original comics from 2012.
The G.I.Joe team come across the Danger Girl operatives and join up to rescue two of the former group's members.

13 Danger Girl - Trinity Danger Girl - Trinity
Published by IDW
Contributors: Phillip Moy (inks), Stephen Molnar (art), Romula Fajardo (colors), John Royle (art), Harvy Tolibao (art), Andy Hartnell (writer), Neil Uyetake (letters)
Copyright: 2013

TPB containing all 4 of the original comics from 2013.
A quite unpleasant Sultan wants to get his hands on an Egyptian crown he believes will help he take over the entire Middle East.

14 Danger Girl - The Chase Danger Girl - The Chase
Published by IDW
Contributors: Andy Hartnell (writer), Harvey Tolibao (art), Romulo Fajardo (colors), Neil Uyetake (letters)
Copyright: 2013

TPB containing all 4 of the original comics from 2013.
A very deadly female assassin wants to get her hands on a briefcase and the Danger Girl team wants her to not.

15 Danger Girl - Mayday Danger Girl - Mayday
Published by IDW
Contributors: Romulo Fajardo (colors), Neil Uyetake (letters), Jose Marzan, jr. (inks), John Royle (art), Andy Hartnell (writer)
Copyright: 2014

TPB containing all 4 of the original comics from 2014.
The original team member turned traitor, Natale, returns from the dead with no memory and must regain her past.

16 Danger Girl - Renegade Danger Girl - Renegade
Published by IDW
Contributors: Andy Hartnell (writer), Stephen Molnar (art), John Rauch (colors), Neil Uyetake (letters)
Copyright: 2015

TPB containing all 4 of the original comics from 2015.
The back story of how Abbey Chase became the person she was when first asked to join Danger Girl is told.

GAMES

Number of Games:1
First Appearance:2000
Last Appearance:2000

1 Danger Girl Danger Girl
Video
THQ
Copyright: 2000

For the Playstation - According to Wikipedia, the game publisher THQ released in 2000 a video game created by developer n-Space, Inc. "It is loosely based on the first series which were consisted of seven comic issues, but there have been many significant changes from the original storyline, such as Abbey Chase being a veteran Danger Girl operative and Natalia Kassle working for The Hammer from the very beginning of the adventure, along with a new member of the team that never was present in the comic books was introduced, named 'JC'."

ODDS & ENDS

Number of Items:1
First Appearance:2016
Last Appearance:2016

1 Danger Girl: Permission To Thrill Coloring Book Danger Girl: Permission To Thrill Coloring Book
Coloring Book
IDW
Copyright: 2016

Sultry, Sexy and Stripped of color! The beautiful artwork of J. Scott Campbell is unmistakable and now it's yours to color in this collection of artwork from the comic book series. It brings the best of comics to the world of coloring book!

REFERENCE BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2001
Last Appearance:2016

1 J. Scott Campbell Danger Girl Sketchbook J. Scott Campbell Danger Girl Sketchbook
Written by J. Scott Campbell
Copyright: 2001

A jam-packed collection of rare Danger Girl sketches fill this book. Includes production drawing for the Danger Girl video game and action figures, plus breakdowns of the comics, rarely seen covers and a lot more.

2 J. Scott Campbell Danger Girl Sketchbook: Expanded Edition J. Scott Campbell Danger Girl Sketchbook: Expanded Edition
Written by J. Scott Campbell
Copyright: 2016

The long out of print Danger Girl Sketchbook is back with new content. Campbell's gorgeous preliminary drawings, layouts and sketches are showcased in this beautifully designed over-sized hardcover book. Lovely renderings of Abby Chase, Sydney Savage, Natalia Kassle and more are Lusciously delineated-in the patented Danger Girl style! Also includes 16 pages of never before seen material.

MY COMMENTS

       Okay, I admit enjoying this series. For a while. In small doses. As a change.
       The missions are totally over the top, as they are intended to be. The exploits are impossible and the fallout from insane stunts virtually non-existent but this is a comic book world so what the hey!
       The drawing styles vary from one series arc to another. Some make the women so alluring as to be fashion model-esque while some go for the manga style of oversized, well, everything and realism is not important. I for one do not like switching. It would probably be silly to expect that with the series moving from one publisher to another and artists coming and going. There are even a couple of different writers which makes the characters uneven sometimes. Mostly, luckily, the writing is that of one of the creators so for that I am grateful.
       If you are like me and are an adolescent male (despite the date on my birth certificate) you might also like this series. If you are not, well, probably not. But though I may not sound so thrilled with this series, if another story arc gets created, I know I'll buy and read it.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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