Clash Of The 70’s Stars In Charlie’s Angels Vs. The Bionic Woman #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The year is 1983, and a trio of bandits attempt to break into Naris Corp only to discover Jamie Sommers, the Bionic Woman, waiting to stop them. At the Charles Townsend Detective Agency, Charlie’s Angels receive a briefing directing them to break into Naris Corp themselves. Naris Corp has come into possession of a chemical that could potentially be used to dangerous and destructive ends, and Charlie’s Angels are tasked with stealing it from Naris. Unfortunately, the Bionic Woman is already onto them.

Charlie's Angels vs the Bionic Woman #1 cover by Cat Staggs
Charlie’s Angels vs the Bionic Woman #1 cover by Cat Staggs

Charlie’s Angels vs the Bionic Woman #1 puts these two superstars of television’s past at odds over a potential chemical weapon. Both the Angels and the Bionic Woman are masters of espionage, and this is why a confrontation was inevitable in the story.

I can’t say I’m any kind of real fan of Charlie’s Angels or the Bionic Woman; both were quite before my time. Dynamite’s propensity for crossover’s as of late doesn’t make this feel like any kind of big event either.

That said, it is a fun comic with a straightforward and tight story. You get to see the Angels and the Bionic Woman show off their skills, both in terms of spywork and combat. There is an element of humor to it, and I’m sure it’s loaded with references to reward the longtime fans of both franchises.

Charlie's Angels vs the Bionic Woman #1 art by Soo Lee and Addison Duke with letters from Crank!
Charlie’s Angels vs the Bionic Woman #1 art by Soo Lee and Addison Duke with letters from Crank!

Soo Lee’s artwork looks nice and adds a unique aesthetic to the proceedings. It adds a nice texturing and atmosphere to the book. It adds a new look to the characters while staying faithful to the late 70’s/early-80’s aesthetic. Addison Duke’s color art is restrained yet appealing in its own right, and suits the comic well.

Charlie’s Angels vs the Bionic Woman #1 isn’t the most grabbing or engaging comic in the world, but it’s lean story and propensity for humor and flair makes for a fairly enjoyable read. I can recommend this one. Feel free to pick it out if you’re a fan of one or both of these franchises.

Charlie’s Angels vs the Bionic Woman #1 comes to us from writer Carmen DeOrdio, artist Soo Lee, color artist Addison Duke, letterer Crank!, cover artist Cat Staggs, and variant cover artists Jim Mahfood and Ron Lesser.

Final Score: 7/10

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