‘Wynonna Earp #1’ Comic Review
written by Beau Smith; illustrated by Lora Innes; colored by Jay Fotos; letters by Robbie Robbins; cover by Lora Innes, Chris Evenhuis
Wynonna Earp’s first issue by IDW quickly dives into the paranormal crime world and one of its most dangerous criminals, Mars Del Rey. According to the briefing Wynonna Earp gives readers, Mars Del Rey is the head of the Chupacabra Cartel, and he has been facilitating a very specific trade in the paranormal black market. More specifically, Mars Del Rey’s current entrepreneurial venture is the harvesting of human organs via his demonic cartel members.
Now The U.S. Marshal’s Black Badge Division is stepping in to stop the murderous and illegal activity, and thanks to Special Agent Dolls, Wynonna Earp is one of the lead agents hunting the cartel leader.
While Del Rey is the main objective, his power and influence have made his location somewhat elusive for the Black Badge Division to pinpoint; however, a tip regarding his second in command, Debbie Donner, was given to the agency. Donner has been spotted in a western desert of Utah, and Earp is on her way.
Wynonna Earp’s personality exudes a freshness that some female leads can lack in the comic realm. This is a woman who encompasses strength, courage, and a badass attitude. Her looks are not heavily emphasized nor are they the most prevalent attribute she possesses. In fact, her wit is highlighted in a majority of the dialogue, whether it is banter with Special Agent Dolls or sarcastic, one-sided conversations with the criminals she apprehends.
Wynonna Earp generates excitement and interest with her crude and rather violent tactics. She is clearly not afraid to break the rules and get the job done. Her rugged demeanor and unorthodox methods makes her slightly unpredictable, and it simply adds to the suspense of the comic and creates unnecessary waves with both her employer and her targets.
Ms. Earp may remind readers of Alias’ Jessica Jones. Both women emit a strong sense of independence and a no-nonsense inclination. These traits may be especially apparent if readers are familiar the Netflix live-action version of Alias simply called Jessica Jones. Familiarity with that and Syfy’s trailers of their television adaptation of Wynonna Earp, which debuts April 1st, make the similarities even more prominent.
The fact that these two shows are out for mainstream viewers is exciting, and frankly, it is about time that women protagonists are in the limelight. The televised versions of these comic books will hopefully pave the way for widespread commercial success for other female-led comics.
There seems to be a false notion that media with women at the forefront will not be as popular with audiences, but that is simply not true, and Jessica Jones has proven that. It is almost certain Wynonna Earp will follow in the Netflix series’ footsteps since it is highly anticipated by fans of the comic and Syfy watchers alike.
Wynonna Earp is an exemplary comic in that it showcases a much more interesting and well-rounded female lead character. IDW’s Wynonna Earp breaks the box so many female comic characters are commonly put into and embodies a heroine who is truly inspiring to readers.