Gold Digger 2
Brittany, Gina and genn have to find their way out of the temple, but it's never quite that simple is it ?
All the major exits are guarded by death traps, while the only trap free path is guarded by the beast of Caerbannog ! ...Or something similar.
While the curse piles misfortune on and on and with the beast of Caerbannog in hot pursuit, can the sisters escape with their lives ?!
...Well this is still an ongoing series you know ?
And you can read along by getting issue 2 here
Best way to read it, is to download . Comic-rack
And install Ghostscript
The beast of Caerbannog !! will be back !
Credits: Writer \artist : Fred Perry.
Editor : Ben Dunn.
Gold Digger 2 has one of my favourite covers of the series.
Not because of Brittany's dubious clothing, but I mostly like the pose and how she bemusedly looks at the crab in her hands.
We get to a look in to one of Brittany's dreams, which is, uhmm interesting.
And Gina watches along helped with Genn's esp, much to Brittany's disgust.
I don't blame her.
It once again reinforces the sister dynamic between the two. But Gina takes up the bratty annoying role, that's usually reserved for younger sisters. Brittany is the younger one here.
But the dream on display here, is kinda risqué for a series that tries to bring the cheese cake ( and occasional beefcake ) But also censors it self and doesn't use swear words.
Its a bit of an odd dichotomy, because this comic is obviously not aimed at children.
...Not young children anyway.
We don't get to see much of the curse as of yet. But Gina explains that it snowballs. It starts off small and escalates, until it becomes so ridiculous, the Hubble chooses their foreheads to crash upon.
And Brittany's shorts are sagging, which is an early indication of the curse
and sadly a plot point.
Off course after all the traps have been activated, last issue all exits have a huge amount of traps around them.
And Genn's magic cant help them. There is only one exit that isn't guarded by any traps and that's guarded by a most terrifying guardian. The worst of them all !
It's also 5 inches tall.
Naturally they choose for that one and things go as well as you expect them to be,
with the guardian being a mouse !
The mouse guardian that turns out to be fearsome, has NOTHING to do with the Beast of Caerbannog from Monty Python and The Holy Grail, y'hear ?!
Nothing ! * ( *lie)
Back in the USA, we get another look at the Diggers mansion.
Take a good look, because while it looks fairly normal here, it wont stay normal like that for long.
And a new sub plot and character as if the sisters don't have problems enough as it is.
It's the high priestess of El Dorado, who would have been Strype's partner if he had not chosen one before, becoming king.
Yes how dare he have a free will and a mind of his own, eh ?
As you can tell, this is not a plot point of a story in general, in any form, I care much for.
Hopefully Perry wil do something interesting with it.
Though the priestess muttering to her self and cursing Brittany, for daring to be not home while she lies in wait is amusing. These two pages are mostly a waste of time and effort.
Back in Iran, things go from bad to worse. The mouse is trashing them
and their bad luck escalates and I didn't notice until now that Nrittany's Nike's have ...bunny tails on their ends. ..I bet their are pink and white too.
As if the Monty Python reference isn't made clear enough, the Digger sisters and Genn turn tail with a RUN AWAY !!! Not unlike King Arthur and his most valiant knights.
What follows is ridiculous, hilarious over the top deranged and so very much this comicbook.
The stairs to freedom !! ( ahem ) prove to be booby trapped or at least not curse proof and collapse.
The grappling gun fizzles out.
The deamon can throw fireballs !!!
The nylon cord, which can carry 3000 pounds snaps.
As Gina and Brittany fall, Gina activates her balloon back pack and it gets wedged in between two walkways and bounces them back up.
Brittany uses the gun as a grapple and they finally get somewhat save and sound to the other side.
And through it all they are remarkably unconcerned about falling to their death they just argue about their misfortune. Even commenting about how deep this temple is.
This sequences is ridiculously hilarious, with fluid action. In animated from it would be gorgeous, but even in comic form it's glorious.
The curse is already kicking in to effect and getting worse by the second.
The sequence after that one is a bit more ..so so.
Mostly because the black arms dealers are back again and Nrittany falls flat on her face because her shorts slipped again.
The car not starting however and Brittany's reaction to that, which kick stars the car is what you could expect from a comic that riffs of cartoon cliché's. But its still funny even if it's expected.
We also learn that Genn has no true gender and as a shape shifter can be whatever he wants to be. Male, Female, his normal form or something more playgirl worthy,
which kicks Gina's hormones off.
And we end with Brittany getting off another insult, in the form of "You nerdy basket of raging biological urges !!!"
...Bit wordy for Brittany, especially considering how her personality becomes more valley girl as we progress.
And it doesn't hold a candle to "Shrimpy nerd based heap of hormones" but its still in the same vein.
Genn being gender fluid is only briefly touched upon and doesn't play much of an role in the stories to come. But its an interesting notion that shapeshifters don't have any gender, that's rarely touched upon in any comic.
Issue 2 is better then issue 1, but it doesn't introduce the new reader to much of anything. You are just expected to pick things up as they go along.
It's still fast paced, but lingers a bit too much on the tomb. I don't really care much for tombs in any sort of fiction.
Now temples, especially of doom on the other hand !
I could have done with out the dropping shorts gag or the black arms dealers again, but at least we never get to see them again.
As things go by in a breath taking fast pace, you get the feeling that the 24 pages of the comic can barely contain everything Perry wants to tell.
And this is just part 2 of a 4 parter.
Probably a hold over from the mini series. Curse actually feels more like a mini series on its own, then an ongoing.
And maybe it was before Perry decided to go in the monthly ongoing direction.
Which may explain why a single page, with a hohum storyline was inserted.
Or maybe I'm just wrong and what we see was always the intent.
Sounds lovely doesn't it ?
Oh and incidentally, yes that is the Thundercats sword of omen that gets skragged there