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REVIEW: Female Force – Taylor Swift

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REVIEW: Female Force – Taylor Swift

3.70/5.0 Stars
Rating if the Book Were a Movie:  PG

Creative Team:

Writer: Eric M. Esquivel
Artist: Ramon Salas
Letters: Benjamin Glibert
Cover: Ramon Salas
Editor: Darren G. Davis
Publisher: Tidal Wave Productions

Ratings:

Story: 3.3 Stars
Artwork: 3.6 Stars
Cover Artwork: 4.2 Stars
Dialogue: 3.3 Stars
Mechanics: 4.0 Stars
Editing: 3.8 Stars 

About the Book:

“Female Forces- Taylor Swift” is a one shot story. It gives the reader a synopsis of how Ms. Swift has evolved from the fifteen year old singer/songwriter signing with her first record to the superstar that we see now.

Reader’s Notes:

Dear reader, I’d like to speak now about how writing about something that I am a fan of is a delicate balance. What I mean by that is I don’t want to appear to have a bias in favor of something. Nor do I want to be overly harsh to appear unbiased.

You can call it what you want; but I do my best to remain neutral. My regular readers know all too well that my favorite franchises are G.I. Joe and Transformers. Because of this it is very noticeable when a creator got something right or if it came up short.

That’s when my being a fan sometimes influences what I write. If you think I did something bad in those instances, so it goes. It helps me say how I feel as a paying customer and it probably won’t change.

I’ve been a lover of Taylor Swift’s music for at least fifteen years. Do I consider myself a “Swiftie”? No. We don’t have her merchandise all over the house. I don’t keep up with what city her tour is currently in. I am not too concerned with who she has dated or is currently dating. I care about the music.

Ms. Swift  has always been able to put out music that I enjoy. The ability to write your own songs, sing, and play an instrument has always impressed me. My minion has developed a love of her music, as well.

He was disappointed that the Eras Tour came to our area when it did last July. It came right between our trips to the MLB All Star Game and an NFL preseason game. If it had been in August we may have been able to find a way to make it work. In retrospect, just going to the concert would have been more affordable. Long story short, we had to settle for catching the tour on the big screen last December.

Some have bad blood towards Ms. Swift. I think most of it comes from envy. She’s attractive, with a look that is timeless. She has an amazing music career. She has a love story with a star football player. In short she got the superstar American dream that would not happen for most of us in our wildest dreams. Yes, she had help from people like Tim McGraw along the way. A lot of people had. The difference is what she did with the opportunity when it came.

“Female Force – Taylor Swift” didn’t make it onto my radar until a few weeks ago. An artist I’m friends with on social media posted a variant cover that they had done for the title. After that I hopped on eBay thinking, “Look what you made me do”.

As it turns out there were several variant covers done for this title. Not wanting to run up too high of a tab, I decided to find a standard cover. Then I impatiently waited for the book to arrive. I made a blank space in my queue for this one and I wanted to read it.

If you were upset about the idea of Ms. Swift being portrayed as a superhero in this book you need to calm down and breathe. She’s not portrayed as a hero or an antihero. Instead we get a 22 page  issue depicting her as a performer that is grateful for being in the position she is in, coupled with a history of how she got there.

Given some of the other work I’ve seen from Tidal Wave Productions, I was expecting a superhero story as well. It won’t be the last time something like this happens. With the amount of content we have available to us you can call it champagne problems.

I was thrilled to see that this book wasn’t an expose of sorts on Ms. Swift’s dating history. She’s made mistakes in that department. Most of us have. In the afterglow we all get to shake it off, learn from it, and move on. Why can’t she?

I liked the artistic style for the work on this cover. The line work is good and Ms. Swift looks terrific. She’s not bejeweled to the point she’s not recognizable. The only thing I would consider changing is possibly going with a different color (possibly a red or maroon) background so she stands out more with the contrasting colors.

The artwork on the interior pages meshes nicely with the narrative. We get fun portrayals of Ms. Swift from some of her music videos. My personal favorite panels were the depictions of when “Reputation” was released.

As a geek on a budget I would say “Female Force – Taylor Swift” is a must read for all of the Swifties out there. This book has some fun anecdotes about things that have happened along the way in Ms. Swift’s career. If you’re not a Swiftie, I don’t think you’ll appreciate this one as much.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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