When the words Grindhouse and Mad Max are used to describe a comic, I usually pretty much shy away. I have a low affinity for Grindhouse gore and I have zilch interest in watching Mad Max movies. I did chose this comic to review on the grounds that I need to keep trying new things.
It is about 82 years after the Fall. Not sure what the Fall means but something apocalyptic happened to the world. One thing for sure is that there are no zombies. Just some crazy genetically modified horrors, thugs, and all sorts of other dangers out there. With her shotgun named Bertha, Sally is just one sexy pig-tailed woman born into this world who knows how to kill.
In the second issue, Sally and her friends have washed up on a swampy shore from a boat accident. Just as they are reunited with other survivors, they are attacked by pirates who mean ill. Even just as suddenly, they are rescued by what I can only describe as a female Alabama college wrestling team who call themselves the ‘Bamazons. At this point, the comic went from Grindhouse to comedy horror.
Just from the second issue alone, I thoroughly enjoyed Sally of the Wasteland. No, not enjoyed; loved! Gischler created this post-apocalyptic world that contains not just crazy monsters but outlandish characters. All with great snarky humor. I glean hints of influence from various outlets but they are just my speculation. I even wonder if the ‘Bamazons were a nod to the amazons in Y:The Last Man. Either way, I’m siding with the ‘Bamazons in this world though.They seem saner than the other Amazonians.
For a comic being described as a Grindhouse, the art thankfully did not make me sick to my stomach. Bettin’s art style is really fun and beautiful. The women are sexy but in a pretty realistic way. Plus they are amazingly muscled. I can almost feel the tenseness of the muscles in the fight scenes. The violence was not as gore ridden as I feared. It was more campy than anything else. If you can stomach through Evil Dead 2, then you can handle Sally of the Wastelands. The way the killings are done, it was just as comical and exciting as Evil Dead 2. This comic even reminds me of a video game that I still need to play called Lollipop Chainsaw.Simply put, it’s a comic with some sexy and crazy strong females cutting off peoples head and dancing in the mayhem like no other. This is the world they are borne in and it’s no place for a pansy.
I would rather describe this comic as Whedonverse goes to the Grindhouse theater. Given my recent marathon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sally really reminds me of Faith with her ass kicking moves and flippant attitude. She also has the random violent abilities of River from Firefly. Whatever the influence, Sally is wonderful.
It was really fun reading this and I’m definitely looking forward to the next issue. Will we find out what is creating that signal? What other creatures and dangers will our characters find? Will Tommy get a clue?
Sally of the Wastelands is now available from Titan Comics.