Gold Digger 4
Gina has to take on Gravedigger, who now has access to the complete armory, while Cheetah lies paralysed for up to an hour.
Gina uses pretty much every resource at her disposal, from her intelligence to displaying here to unforseen bravery.
To trying to appeal to Gravedigger and giving her a name and an identity of her own,
but to no avail the curse is far too strong.
Notes: Released on 1 October 1993
Writer artist Fred Perry
Editor : Doug Dlin
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Actually yes, Gold Digger 4 is almost as good as the previous issues.
We get a recap of the situation. ( And yes, that is a Tie Fighter in the weapons hangar, lets not forget what comic we are reading. ) Brittany is most conveniently paralysed for an hour, so Gina has to fight her own fight against Gravedigger.
And Gina is honestly wondering if she made the right career choice and where she is going with her life, especially because of all her mistakes of the last few days.
But, as we saw in the original mini series, her father is a master mage but she has no aptitude for magic and we learn later on that her mother, is one of the greatest sword fighters that ever lived and she has no aptitude for that either.
Her father was the one who pushed her towards science, which is where she shown a born aptitude for that field.
In dealing with Gravedigger, Gina shows her self to be resourceful. First by teleporting security robots in tot he armoury to distract Gravedigger.
Which are T800's and ED 209's from Terminator and Robocop respectively.
Keep in mind, that Robocop was 6 years old by this point in time and Terminator 7 years old.
But Robocop 2 was only 3 years old and Terminator 2 just 2 years old, at this point in time and still hugely popular.
So it's no wonder Perry chose to spoof them.
Gina then shows off just how smart and how much guts she actually has, by confronting Gravedigger unarmed and making her think she is nothing but a hologram, while she is actually there in the flesh.
Asking her point blank why Gravedigger has to kill her or Brittany and she even manages to, somewhat get through to Gravedigger.
Going so far as to giving her a name, Brianna a combination of Brittany and Gina,
because that is what she is.
But Gina also knows that Brianna can't resist the impulses of the curse for very long and she has got to be stopped.
Brianna's plight is understandable, all she wants is a life and a identity of her own, If she can move the opposition, in the form of Brittany and Gina aside, she can take their place and life their lives with their memories in place.
She is cipher, a nobody, a vessel for the curse to kill the Diggers sisters until Gina reaches out to her and gives her an identity.
A name and with a name comes an identity and a sense of self worth and eventually memories and a personality of her own.
Not just a combination of Gina and Brittany but Brianna her self.
Maybe I am reading too much in to this, but I am reviewing this comic, so I have to look a bit deeper then what is on the surface.
And the implications of having an identity and a sense of self worth, when you are literally the two halves of two people is interesting.
After al, where do they end and where do you as a person begin ?
Gina puts up a good fight against Brianna, but it all eventually proves for nothing. Even if Brianna gloats a bit too much, but even that is a personality quirk set up from issue 3, where she becomes over confident and sloppy when she thinks she has a weaker opponent cornered, apparently forgetting that Gina is both smart and resourceful.
Yes, the eventual resolution is a deus ex machina with her father coming back in the nick of time, but the curse is magic in nature so he had to make a reappearance sooner or later.
The curse it self is rather easily dealt with and Gina, true to her word, welcomes her new sister with open arms in the family.
Brianna will become a mainstay of the series and she is still around as we speak.
Maybe Perry decided he needed another character, another sister to play with the dynamics and instead of having her be a third hereto unseen sister, he decided to create her outright.
Despite her out of left field origins or maybe because of them, Brianna's plight is an easy one to understand.
Because who is she ? I doubt even she knows for now.
Brittany gets a bit short shrift here in this story, because issue 4 is Gina's show.
The priestess from issue 2 shows up again and is finally given a name.
She has kidnapped a unconscious Brittany and plans to do heinous deeds, most foul upon her when just at that moment, prince Strype contact her and foils her plans !!
This part of issue 4 is less well done or well thought out.
It is just there to give Brittany something to do and remind us Tanya still exists. It would be a better diversion if we just saw Tanya brooding in her tower and thinking of new plans to mess with Brittany and win Strype over.
Issue 4 is yet another excellent instalment. If issue 1 and 2 are a bit so, so. 3 and 4 redeem the series so far, the last part with Brittany not withstanding.
Issue 4 like it's predecessor has the right amount of action, adventure and actual human drama, coming out of the story and the characters themselves with out any humor forced upon them.
Most of the humor comes from sight gags, The story itself, the comic book science not withstanding, is played straight.
Although some of the humor is a bit too broad and too silly for a story, that so far plays it absolutely straight.
( the bowling ball sequence ) But on the whole its a great story.
And Brianna is more then just a halfway point between Gina and Brittany.