Perhaps one of the most iconic comicbook covers of the modern era is that of X-Men #141, from January, 1981. This is the cover that kicked off the Days of Future Past storyline that is currently appearing in movie theaters this Memorial Day Weekend. It has been replicated over and over throughout the years, most recently with Darryl Alexander Moore’s self-published, Danger Rangerette Yvette. This 36-page, full color, glossy, superhero space epic is about a team of young super powered women who make up a team of rangers (Rangerettes, if you will), and are tasked with defending Earth and neighboring planets and star stems.
This is Moore’s third issue and he promises that issue #4 will appear this spring, and well, we for one certainly hope so, as this issue (with no prior knowledge of the story from the previous issues), was able to jump right in to the action without feeling that we somehow missed something that had gone on before. Much to his credit, Moore was able to bring the pertinent parts of the past action into the current story so as to give the reader enough of what was going on so as to follow, not as easy as it may seem (especially when so many writers simply can’t figure out how to do this).
At any rate, there is apparently a mole within the Rangerettes, and there is some evidence (a damning surveillance video) that has Rangerette Yvette on-screen in a room she wasn’t supposed to be in when something went missing. Now Yvette is insisting that it wasn’t her that took the item (and later on there is also some evidence that she could be right about that as someone seems to have been impersonating her. Meanwhile there is all sorts of subterfuge and in-fighting in the team as they are attempting to sort things out and locate their real enemy.
Moore’s art is as vibrant and fresh as is his storytelling. He manages to get the tale up to speed in short order and doesn’t let it lag of get distracted as he fills you in while solidly propelling the story forward. His cast of characters is pretty impressive, as are his costume and page designs. Clearly he has an eye for this work, and he is letting his muse run without allowing it to get away from him. This is the first time we’ve seen work from Moore (we recently met him at a Pronto Comics event in Manhattan), and are quite impressed. Hopefully we will se more from him soon.
Danger Rangerette Yvette sells for $3.50.