Amalgama Lives: A Frankenstein Seductress of Sorts
The very first thing I noticed about this book was the cartoonish style that artist, Winston Young offered. As a kid at heart, I will always be attracted to such. Hell, I dig a good Skottie Young variant cover. But don’t let that fool you. Keep this comic as far from your kids as you can. What is to follow is a good helping of blood, gore, nudity, and F-bombs. But that’s what makes it so great!
On my first read-through, I was a little lost. I must have walked right past the parts where it told me this was a spin-off from the title, Danger Dolls. At the end, there was an invitation to read Amalgama’s first appearance: Danger Dolls Vol. 2: Galactic Gladiators. So I accepted this invite. And when I returned, it made so much more sense. It’s kind of like when I watched Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back. Then came back after viewing all the previous movies that set it up.
An Avengers Style Team Up
On my second read, I was equipped with the following knowledge. Danger Dolls are an Avengers-style team-up. You got Vampblade, a vampire slayer. Zombie Tramp is pretty much self-explanatory. And then you have Dollface. I guess she’s a witch hunter from the Seventeenth Century. But somewhere between then and now, she’s been endowed with ball-jointed, detachable limbs. They all have their solo comics. But like our Marvel friends, they join forces for even more over-the-top action. So in their second reunion, they ran into this chick. Amalgama is actually a blob-alien that possess bodies, not unlike the Utroms of TMNT lore. She stuck the girls in VR chambers, making them believe they were battling monsters in a gladiatorial arena.
Amalgama Lives picks up where Galactic Gladiators left off. Upon escape, the girls left behind some pieces for the blob-queen to snatch up. This is where she truly lives up to her name – she becomes an amalgamation of the Danger Dolls. In her new body, she has access to several of their weapons and skills, such as Vampblade’s Blade, Dollface’s “Ki Shotgun,” and Zombie Tramp’s “Hunger for Flesh.”
What a Dangerous Fukur
This first issue just gives you the low-down on this new villain. A good majority showing you which attribute from a specific Danger Doll she’s acquired. Then, for no specific reason, she murders every single one of her minions….excuse me, her “Fukurs.” In her monologue, she says she’s only going to kill the ones who defy her. But she gets carried away, and the pages are just painted with blood.
As I said before, I’m a sucker for this style of art. Though, there really wasn’t much of a story. Good thing this was just the first issue. If it didn’t have the previous Danger Dolls story backing it up, it really wouldn’t have much to stand on. Though as a spin-off, it supplements the main story quite well.
Amalgama Lives will be available through Action Lab Comics very soon.
How did we rate Amalgama Lives #1? 4 Sodas
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Nebraska native living with his wife and two dogs. Author of Hostage 100 and Full Steam Ahead. Allen also co-hosts the Fatty/Slim Podcast.