Jade Street Protection Services #1, #2, #3, and #4 Comic Book Reviews

Comic book reviews for Jade Street Protection Services #1, Jade Street Protection Services #2, Jade Street Protection Services #3, and Jade Street Protection Services #4 by Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay
Average rating: 2/5 stars

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Erica gives this comic three starsJade Street Protection Services #1 by Katy Rex
Art: Fabian Lelay

This book is a lot different than I thought it was going to be. I thought it was going to be about some girl detectives, either teens or 20-somethings. While it is about teen girls, they are students who are training to learn to use their magical powers. I wasn’t expecting magic. There is also something nefarious going on around their powers.

And some patriarchy as their teacher was implying all these girls were being trained to be sold off as wives.

Except Emma, the girls seem a little bland so far. Only the detention scene showed off their different opinions and interests.

I wasn’t charmed by Saba’s bladder issues. If you have magical powers, you think you’d be able to teleport quickly to the bathroom.

There’s definitely still some questions to be answered about this world.

Erica gives this comic two starsJade Street Protection Services #2 by Katy Rex
Art: Fabian Lelay

This book feels like it’s floundering, which isn’t a good sign for issue number two. There’s a lot of things the book’s trying to play with, and I’m not sure how much it’s working.

I really want all the girls to have name tags. I’m not connecting with them very well. Is this is story that would’ve ultimately been better if in a trade format?

Neomi seems like an interesting character that I’d like to know more about. Maybe it’s because she’s an adult. Maybe it’s because I kind of want to clear out the path for the story, and she’s the one who seems to have the answers.

Now we have magic as drugs? I’m not sure about it.

Erica gives this comic one star.Jade Street Protection Services #3 by Katy Rex
Art: Fabian Lelay

This book becomes more weird, unreadable, and unreviewable as it goes on. I say unreviewable because I walk away from every issue not knowing a thing about what’s going on or who these characters are.

The overall problem has been the world building. We know there’s magic. We know young girls apparently have this magic. (Or maybe only women can have this magic?) We know some men use it for drugs. And maybe these girls were being trained to be slave wives?

But we know literally nothing else. The girls have no distinct personalities. The characters run together in design and personalities. The first issue had promise, but it’s been swallowed up, and we have one more issue to go.

Erica gives this comic two starsJade Street Protection Services #4 by Katy Rex
Art: Fabian Lelay

This issue tries to wrap up everything very quick manner. In fact, it seems like the writer and/or editor realized how little sense the last two issues made and was trying to make up for it.

There was an incredible amount exposition and trying to distinguish the girls in the actions. Additionally, they use each other name’s which greatly helps tracking them. The world building, however, continued to lack greatly.

Unfortunately for me, it was too little, too late. And the disjointed nature of this series without any kind of resolution in this four arc — or even a single plot that made it to the end ruined it for me.

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Erica McGillivray is the showrunner of 6'7" & Green. I love comic books and enjoy taking a critical and a fun eye to them. If you're interested in knowing more about me, check out my main site or my Twitter account.
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