Gold Digger 05
Summary : Jetta is back.
Did we miss her ?
No ? Oh alright then.
And she laments that she has become soft and lazy in paradise, as she puts her son down to train.
However her son is kidnapped by Cheetah who escapes with the mewling mutt, through a teleportation portal, which stays conspicuously open.
Off course this isn't Brittany, but Tanya masquerading as Brittany. Setting her plans in motion, knowing that Jetta in her rage will follow.
The next part of her plan is to lure Brittany away from Strype and teleports Brittany to the catacombs of the palace, right in the path of Jetta.
Who is off course in no mood to talk, or listen for that matter.
While Brittany and Jetta work over their grievances.
Tanya masquerading as Brittany has a few choice words to sabotage Strype and Brittany's relationship.
Unfortunately for her, she has counted outside of Dr Diggers presence who can see through her disguise.
And gets a bead on Brittany in the catacombs.
He materialises in between Jetta and Brittany and Jetta kills him with out a second thought.
This enrages Brittany to the point that Jetta is no match for her anymore and Tanya is forced to bring Thabian, Jetta's husband in.
Who is more then match for Brittany, but is also more level headed then Jetta and concludes that Brittany did not abduct their son.
Jetta is in no mood to listen.
As Jetta wants to finish Brittany off, Dr Diggers interferes, being not quite as dead as previously thought.
Writer artist Fred Perry
Editor : Doug Dlin
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Notes : Released on 1 November 1993
This is nominally issue 9, if the mini is included.
Second appearance of Pojo.
Like Gina before her, this time Brittany gets the spotlight.
But is it just as good ?
Almost, but no quite.
Well no, that's not entirely true. It's a perfectly fine issue. It's just Tanya's motivation that let it down.
Her motivation is both cliché and one dimensional and not befitting the rather serious tone of issue 5.
Because it is serious, the poor motivation of the main antagonist not withstanding.
We also see the return of Jetta and her husband Thabian.
A return I wasn't really thrilled to see but Jetta is a worthy opponent of Brittany and probably one of the few physical opponents that can actually stand up against her, at this point in the series.
Most of this issue is a fight scene between Jetta and Brittany where Brittany is hopelessly outclassed, despite training.
While Tanya plays the rest of her hand.
It's her doing to kidnap Jetta's son disguised as Brittany to move Brittany in a kinda angry Jetta's vincity.
And to try and destroy Strype and Brittany's relationship again disguised as Brittany.
We also get to see DR Diggers in action and its obvious that he is a lot more powerfull, the he has ever let on thus far.
This is a perfectly fine issue.
It's a great issue actually. A show case of Brittany's personality with out completely assassinating her character and turning her in to a ditzy valley girl, like later issues will do.
As well as reintroducing Jetta and her husband and showing how dangerous both Brittany and Jetta can be, when pushed to their limits.
Brittany however is more reluctant to kill, even when driven to a rage.
As well as setting Thabian up, as the reasonable one.
Then again in issue 4 of the mini he was already the more level headed of the two werewolves and is a powerhouse, able to take out Brittany with ease.
As well as putting two and two together and coming to the conclusion that Brittany is not the kidnapper.
But Tanya's motivation is flimsy.
Thankfully however she immediately plays her hand right away, and this wont be a long running plot poin.t
Unlike later issues, where Perry really plays it for the long run.
There is very little levity and very little humor here.
Much like issues 3 and 4.
Which is actually, what makes it a great issue. No humor for the sake of humor no gags or pop culture references.
Just a story that can stand on it's own two merits.
And sometimes I wish the series was more like this.
But then if it was, it wouldn't be Gold Digger.
issue 5 also gives a single page to Brianna, Genn and Gina interacting. Which is the only source of levity in this issue and even this page is not as over the top, as will become customary in this title. It's fairly lowkey and mostly just world building.
Issue 5 keeps the same high quality issue 4 did, albeit with a slight misfire in Tanya's motivation.
But her idea is actually sound, nor does the storyline linger.
It gets going immediately.
The other misfire is not the comic's fault. The scan quality in the Gold Digger online archive is deplorable and hard to read.
But it's a great issue non the less and the third in a string of great issues.