Monday, August 15, 2011

The Collected Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures by J Torres & J. Bone

Alison's mom is a famous archaeologist.  Alison's dad is a librarian, but also the famous Blue Scarab who fights crime.  Alison likes action and adventure too, and with the help of her two friends Dot and Wendy they always seem to be up to something.  

I think this could have been good, but don't get the "collected" volume.  It seems like the collected volume is parts of several different stories, which made each story very short and very unsatisfying.  After poking around the interwebs, it seems that there are more full length Alison Dare stories, and I'll have to check those out.  I like the idea of a spunky little girl having adventures with her friends, but there were so many holes in this particular collection it wasn't that enjoyable.  It seemed to assume I knew a lot more about Alison Dare then I actually did.

Alison seems very Nancy Drew-like.  She's the brave blond with two friends, one who's tall and skinny and obsessed with her looks and fashion and the plump one with glasses who's all smart.  Hardly unique characters, but has the potential for a lot of fun, if they were more well-rounded stories.  I'll have to do some more reading of this series and see if I can work out what's going on.

The art is black and white ink with fairly standard comic-style panels. 

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