They're dangerous, they're girls...what more do you need?
comic artist J. Scott Campbell's first solo foray into the comic world, Danger Girl
is notorious for many reasons, two of which are the ridiculous amount of cheesecake in the book, and the lengthy timeframe between issues, sometimes exceeding a year. The series is a satirical, yet sometimes dark, take on the espionage genre, and centered on Abigail Chase, a former treasure seeker who gets sucked into the Danger Girl team by happenstance when their paths cross during her encounters with a hostile nemesis. Abbey, as she was mostly known, pretty much played the straight woman to the rest of the quirky team.
The Danger Girls consist of Sydney Savage, reckless thrill-seeker extraordinaire from the Land Down Under
, who has a thing for whips and catsuits; Natalia Kassle, the Russian assassin/resident ice queen, who eventually was revealed to be The Mole for the Nazi-esque Hammer Empire
; Silicon Valerie, the teenage techno-geek who has expertise in all things computer-related (and the most recent addition after Kassle's defect)
; J.C., a Canadian mechanic
with an affinity for tinkering and creating mostly bizarre yet useful inventions for the team.
Their leader is Deuce, a former agent for Her Majesty's Secret Service who was recruited by the United Nations to lead the first all female spy team. More or less he's a caricature of Sean Connery, right down to the facial expressions and mannerisms.
The series debuted in March, 1998 and is still ongoing. The series spawned a PlayStation
game and a TV Pilot Movie
, though the former was the only one that actually made it past the concept stage. It has, however recently been optioned for the big screen, to be directed by Todd Lincoln and produced by the same people that worked on the Hitman
This series provides examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: It's amazing that Sydney can zip her suit up all the way, but she's hardly the only one.
- Action Girl
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Abigail Chase.
- Applied Phlebotinum: Serum X, the Super Soldier compound created by Dr. Von Kripplor that fuels Maxim.
- Artifact of Doom: Also an Upgrade Artifact.
- Awesome Aussie: Sydney Savage
- Badass Grandpa: Deuce. He's clearly past his prime but manages to fend off a squad of Hammer assassins alone and escape with no real injuries.
- Hammer Leader becomes a Badass Great Grandpa when he dons the artifact armor.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Danger Girl team (Natalia, Sydney and Valerie respectively) when Abbey meets them. Later Abbey, Sydney and Valerie after Abbey's recruitment and Natalia's betrayal.
- Chair Reveal: In Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness #4, Agent Zero shoots what he thinks is his target through the back of a chair. He then walks round to the front of the chair and instead finds a dummy rigged to a bomb with three seconds left on the timer
- Clothing Damage: Frequently, and often on purpose. Once with alligators.
- Commie Nazis: The Hammer empire.
- Dead Foot Leadfoot: Happens in Trinity #2 when Sydney is ambushed while driving through London. She shoots the driver of the SUV, causing him to slump forward on the accelerator; much to the panic and dismay of his partner. An inevitable crash ensues.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Unsurprisingly, the girls use this tactic. A lot.
- Doom Troops: The Hammer Empire soldiers are ominous enough, and Major Maxim is pretty much what they'd be like if Doctor Von Kripplor's Super Serum worked on anyone else.
- Dragon Lady: The Chase has Anastasia Kilbourne, a master of edged weaponry who Sonya describes as "a tattooed ninja assassin". She even has a tattoo of an oriental dragon running all the way up the right side of her body.
- Explosive Leash: In Trinity, Prince Amahz fits explosive slave collars to harem slaves that prevent them from getting more than a specified distance away from him. He fits one to Abbey when he captures her to ensure her cooperation.
- Expy: Most obviously Deuce to the Connery James Bond, and Johhny Barracuda to Bruce Campbell, but much of the first arc also reads like an extended homage to G.I. Joe, with The Hammer standing in for Cobra, Agent Zero for Snake Eyes, Assassin X for Storm Shadow, Natalia Kassle for the Baroness... Heck, even some of the vehicles that appear look like they were directly inspired by classic Joe or Cobra craft.
- Eye Awaken: Maxim
- Fanservice: Constantly, and of both the female and male variety despite the title.
- God Guise: In Revolver, natives believe that Abbey is their sun goddess returned because she has blonde hair.
- Hurricane of Puns: Too many, way too many.
- Mad Scientist: Complete with "German" accent.
- Murderous Thighs: Used by Abbey to wrest information from a guard in the first series.
- My Hero Zero: Agent Zero.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Even on a team that otherwise consists of Fanservice incarnate, Slicon Valerie is still quite a looker.
- Not Quite Dead: Coupled with No One Could Survive That.
- Now or Never Kiss: May also have just been because Johnny is a Handsome Lech.
- Nipple and Dimed: With bubbles, among other things.
- Pineapple Surprise: Happens to a mercenary in Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness, when his own possessed hand pulls the pin on a grenade he is wearing on his vest.
- Abbey herself pulls this on an enemy early in the original comic.
- Pungeon Master: Johhny Barracuda.
- Pretty in Mink: Abigail wears a mink coat when infiltrating a high class party.
- Runaway Train: In The Chase, Abbey attempts to escape by leaping on to a passing train. the bad guys employ knockout gas that renders the crew unconscious, leaving Abbey on a runaway train.
- Schedule Slip
- Spell My Name with an S: It's Silicon Valerie, as in computers; Not Silicone Valerie, as in... well, you know.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The Peach.
- Spy Catsuit: Sydney wears an archetypal example.
- Thought by many to be a Shout-Out to Vanessa's in the original Austin Powers considering proximity of releases and the comic's penchant for references.
- The Straight and Arrow Path: Sonya Savage. She manages to make a bow seem like a sensible choice in a setting where most of your foes are toting automatic weapons (or worse).
- Super Serum: The blue, glowing, apparently radioactive liquid Doctor Von Kripplor tests on a hapless prisoner, one Agent Falcon. It fails spectacularly, reducing him to blue sludge. Apparently, it's meant to turn people into Major Maxim-the only successful test subject, a huge, burly man in a gas mask and red goggles.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Assassin X to Agent Zero.
- Those Wacky Nazis: the Hammer is initially described as an alliance between Neo-Nazis and former KGB agents, but - by the end of the first story arc - it's mainly Nazis.
- Vapor Wear: Sonya Savage wears skintight snakeskin trousers with lacing up the side that reveals that she cannot be wearing anything under them.
- Waterfall Shower: Abbey and Ash take one, to wash off zombie goo, in Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness #5.
- Wet Sari Scene: As much as it's possible to convey this in a comic, when Abbey, in a white t-shirt, goes swimming. Subsequent panels seem to indicate she's not wearing anything underneath, with the heavy implication her shirt is now see through.
- Whip It Good: Sydney Savage.
- Who Is Driving: Happens in The Chase #2, when Anastasia attempts to kill Valerie in the back of the van Sonya is driving (having already shoved Sydney out of the van). Anastasia dives into the back to save Valerie, leading to this exchange:
Valerie: Sonya?! What are you doing?!
Sonya: What does it look like? I'm kicking her ass!
Valerie: But if you're back here—WHO'S DRIVING THE VAN?!