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REVIEW: Plainer Jane #1 & 2

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REVIEW: Plainer Jane #1 & 2

Book Title: Plainer Jane #1 & 2

Book Description: The darkly comic story of Jane Pearson, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl who becomes a brutally efficient killer for hire. With no training, no special skills, just her own cunning, brutality, and fearlessness, Jane leaves a trail of bodies behind her, ultimately going head to head with the feared and secretive criminal gang, The Nexus, in a war that could ultimately cost not only her life but the lives of everyone she loves. A real world comic book set in modern day Manchester.

Book Author: David Wilburn

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Broken Face Comics

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Illustrator: Wayne Lowden

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  • Story
    (5)
  • Interior Art
    (3.5)
  • Cover Art
    (4.5)
  • Dialogue
    (3.5)
  • Mechanics
    (4)
  • Editing
    (5)
4.3

Summary

I have been following Plainer Jane since I first saw Wilburn post about it in a few Facebook groups. I love the concept of Jane, a somewhat ordinary and boring seeming teenage girl, actually moonlighting as a contract killer. Wilburn weaves Jane’s daily life, murderous nights, and sociopathic nature together perfectly! As I finished issue 1, I was thankful I had issue 2 at the ready, and disappointed that as I finished issue 2, issue 3 was not published yet!

The covers are amazing, the interest or art is good, and I typically love black and white art, but are times the illustrations are just too busy and could do with a bit more definition. The dialogue is a bit heavy at times with word bubbles crowding the illustrations. It’s all humorous and adds to the story, but is a bit much at times.

Plainer Jane is a breath of fresh air in the indie comic scene. It’s one of those series that you know BOOM Studios, IDW, or even Image would do well to sign to their label. It’s quirky, dark, fun, and well-written. 

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Brett has been collecting comics for close to 30 years and is passionate about showcasing the amazing stories in Indie Comics and growing the indie community. A marketing and communications professional with a Masters of Nonprofit Management, he founded The Indie Comix Dispatch in 2020. Brett is also a member of the National Writers Union.

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