REVIEW: They Call Her The Dancer #1 Shows Vulnerability and Wilful Determination

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They Call Her The Dancer #1 Review

They Call Her The Dancer Issue 1 is a gritty thriller blending elements of private eye and martial arts. It’s written by Kat Calamia with art by E.V Cantada, colouring by Danny Faubricio Sanchez Chaves and lettering by Brant Fowler. 


Mia is a dancer who is following in the footsteps of her mother. However, when a martial arts Sensei takes her under his tutelage she begins to right wrongs in her City.

They Call Her The Dancer #1 is an Indie Comic.

They Call Her The Dancer #1 Review - Martial Arts, Gritty, Psychological, Movement

They Call Her The Dancer #1 Story

Spearheaded by creator and comic book writer Kathryn Calamia, They Call Her The Dancer #1 isn’t a comic book release you should judge by its title. They Call Her The Dancer starts as a quiet and sad tale which quickly turns into gritty and action filled thriller worthy of the title “Defender.”

They Call Her The Dancer introduces us to Mia, a dancer following in the footsteps of her mother. Hard work and versatility as a dancer leads her to studying martial arts under the tutelage of an enigmatic sensei. Taking her new found skills as a dancer and fighter to be reckoned with, Mia seeks out injustice in all its forms.

Calamia’s understanding of the comic book genre creates an atmosphere akin to Frank Miller’s Daredevil. The darker aspects of city life are expanded on. With the concrete jungle of Mia’s playground playing host to sinister creatures of all sizes. 

They Call Her The Dancer Art

The artistic talents of E.V. Cantada and colourist Danny Faubricio Sanchez Chaves play an enormous part in Mia’s world. There’s a fierce unseen element of the criminal underbelly at play. The atmosphere this dynamic duo of artists have created plays into the gradual decay of the city itself and the morals of the Calamia’s characters. 

They Call Her The Dancer Conclusion

This first issue of They Call Her The Dancer heroes the female form. Both in style and story. Calamia’s scripting delves into an emotional and broken protagonist which rises up to fight adversity. Despite this, there’s a mature understanding from Calamia that true strength can come from vulnerability as much as wilful determination. Here’s a hero that doesn’t strive to be. She just simple is. 

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