FIGHT GIRLS #1 – Survival of the Fittest (Cho, Rich, Cipriano) AWA Studios/Upshot Studios

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Thanks to AWA Studios for the review copy!

Fight Girls is like Hunger Games dialed up to 11. When an intergalactic Queen steps down from the throne, ten women enter a brutal four stage contest to decide who will take her place. Whoever survives gets the crown. It’s a simple concept executed flawlessly. The ten contestants are introduced in panels that evoke a game show before being zapped to the first contest, which takes place in a jungle.

The issue also reminded me of The Running Man, and like that classic movie, Fight Girls pulls no punches. Plus, it has dinosaurs, which alone make it worth reading. The pages are lavishly illustrated, and the coloring is striking, from the lushness of the jungle to the subtle shadows that make the characters stand out. The action is excellently choreographed such that you can almost see what is happening playing out in your mind. The art in the issue is full of little details that help build a fun, strange universe. I could definitely see the series being adapted into a movie.

Fight Girls starts out as a fairly straightforward story – don’t die so you can be the queen – but near the end of the issue, another wrinkle is woven in that promises to add complexity to the story. Hopefully now that the concept of the book has been introduced, we can also learn more about the contestants. While they are, for the most part, given identifiable physical traits, there hasn’t been time to delve into their personalities. At some point, I think this will be essential to becoming more invested in the characters. 

Fight Girls checks all the boxes for a series for me, a well executed concept, action, great art, and hints at some surprises to come.  While the violence isn’t over the top, it is probably worth reading the issue before giving it to very young readers.

Fight Girls #1 is set for release on July 7th.

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