Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special Review

Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special Review By Richard Lynch   Check out the Geeked Gods interview with Jim Rugg here   Street Angel is a weird thing;...

Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special Review

By Richard Lynch

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Check out the Geeked Gods interview with Jim Rugg here

 

Street Angel 2Street Angel is a weird thing; there’s no other way to describe it. It’s the story of Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez; she’s a homeless, 12-year-old, marital arts master in middle school. This is a series that began its life as an indie comic before reappearing as a webcomic and is now returning to the print media with a book that intends to reintroduce Street Angel to a new audience with the help of the Image Comics name. This book was my first experience with the Street Angel Brand and After School Kung Fu Special initially had me going through a range of emotions from confused, irritated, bored, curious, fascinated, and eventually excited to see where else Jesse’s story has gone.

Street Angel 3After School Kung Fu Special feels like something, you would find doodled in a middle schoolers note- book. Jesse is filled with angst, and the whole feel is something in between Kill Bill and Scott Pilgrim that defies definition.

The story itself feels almost painfully familiar Jesse is going to get into a fight once school gets out and she, being the most badass kid in school, is going to destroy this guy. We see all the familiar beats that this sort of story takes, Jesse goes to different classes, and her friend tries to talk her out of I, but the fight ends up happening. The fight itself is beautifully realized, artist Jim Rugg clearly knows how to make a punch look like it hurts. Fortunately, witty writing and a clever twist elevate what would otherwise be a rather dull story into something weird and different.

Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special is an unexpected treat that manages to realize a kickass comic heroine without falling into silly tropes. The story plays things safer than I would have liked, but it’s still bold, different and a ton of fun.  If you like this book, check more at the official website streetangelcomic.com.

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Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special

Written By: Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca

Drawn By: Jim Rugg

Publisher: Image Comics

In Stores: April 26th

 

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Richard Lynch: Richard considers himself to be a pretty well-rounded geek but first and foremost a gamer. With a love of everything from old-school Final Fantasy to Halo he knows his way around a controller. He is also a recent graduate of Purchase College where he majored in Media, Society and the Arts (don’t worry nobody knows what that means) with a minor in screen writing. He is excited to writing content for the Geeked Gods. Rich doesn’t check his twitter often but you can find him there and on Facebook.
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  • 04/24/2017 – Comics Workbook
    24 April 2017 at 2:36 am
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    […] Rugg is a cartooning and book-making master, and his design background really shines through in a big way with this book.  When I opened up an advanced copy of After School Kung-Fu Special, my eyes dilated and my brain blew out the back of my head. The complete technical control he has over his craft goes unparalleled except by the cartoonists whose names are synonymous with the medium. But don’t take my word for it, here’s a review coupled with an interview with Rugg by Geeked Gods here. […]

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