Comic Book Review: Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #5

Title: Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #5
Publisher: Image
Words: Jim Mahfood
Art: Jim Mahfood
Colors: Justin Stewart
Letters: Justin Stewart
Publication Date: September 20, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “Gwen and Rita wage total war against Josie and her obnoxious gang. Daphne sells her soul for one last shot at redemption. This ish is stuffed to the gills with an action-packed story, bonus art, soundtrack, and sketchbook. Plus, a variant cover by Pixar superstar artist ELIZA IVANOVA!”
Story:

The battle against Josie does not go well for Gwen and Rita. They throw everything they can at her, but she is just too strong. Can anyone save them now?

Meanwhile, Daphne has a sort for this is your life recap in whatever drug-addled limbo she is in, and discovers that maybe she wasn’t such a nice person after all. Despite her flaws and the problematic predicament that she is in (being dead and all), Daphne is given the key to sorting this whole mess out. Or make it worse. And for a price. At this point, it is not entirely clear who is going to end up on top.

Writing:

Mahfood just goes all out. Crazy and profane and weird and funny, but hidden just beneath the surface is a heart and humanity peeking out. Behind the flash and glitter, beneath the noise, there is a real story of loss and redemption and a definite poke in the eye of modern social behaviors.

Artwork:

Magnificent and hallucinatory. What looks so wild is so controlled. Nothing goes in a scene unless Mahfood means it to be there. Meticulous mayhem at its finest.

The Bottom Line:

There is nothing like Grrl Scouts. The joy is that it can be taken as seriously or as lightly as one wants. Maybe it’s not for everybody, but it should be.