a review by Nalini Haynes
Lady Luck is a German prototype female warrior bred in a laboratory with physical and psychic abilities. In the beginning she is undergoing training and testing. Cassidy is a US soldier in World War II who is seeking revenge for the deaths of Jews and looking for a friend who has been captured. Hilter is a caricature as in many Western movies. The Germans’ technological developments extend into science fiction.
Although described as the perfect soldier who will ‘fit in’, Lady Luck is a busty young woman with flowing hair, wearing hipster army pants and midriff tops that reveal her cleavage. I’d describe her more as the type of spy who would distract rather than ‘fit in’.
The story seems largely based on pro-Western World War II propaganda-type movies, with caricatures for characters, especially Hilter who is a megalomaniac responsible for many current day evils such as AIDS. In short, Lady Luck is what I’d call a ‘boy comic’ – full of fan service, both of the mechanical and sexual kind. The story is straightforward so the target audience will enjoy both its simplicity and the action. Lady Luck is an action adventure, kind of an ‘Indiana Jones’ comic, substituting Lady Luck and a US soldier for Indy.
The artwork is line drawing with shading. The style of line work is stylised; the imagery is recognisable while not being realistic. Hilter, for example, is recognisable only by his iconic moustache. The shading works well as a substitute for colouring, adding contrast and cohesiveness to panels.
If you’re a fan of old WWII movies, Indiana Jones-type movies and ‘guy movies’ like The Expendables, you’ll enjoy Adventures of Lady Luck.
Originally published in Dark Matter issue 5, September 2011. This post has been pre-dated to reflect the original publication date.