Bursting With Stereotypes,
This review is from: Plain Janes (Minx Graphic Novels) (Paperback)
When teenager Jane is a bystander to a terrorist bombing in Metro City (aka New York), her parents freak out and decide to move way out to the suburbs, where life is supposedly safe. Unfortunately for her, this is some kind of mythical suburbia where there are almost no freaks and geeks, and apparently no one into interesting art or music or anything cool like they have in Metro City. Yeah.... right...
Unfortunately for the reader, Jane is a classic big city cultural snob, which makes her pretty annoying. This is balanced somewhat by her obsession with an unidentified victim of the bombing, a young man who lies in a coma in a hospital, to whom she writes journal-like letters describing her new home and her loneliness. Eventually, she befriends three other supposedly outsiderish girls at school named Jane -- I say supposedly because each is a stereotype. One is the jock, one is the thespian, and one is the academic - and pretty much every high school school has packs of each, so it's hard to buy the premise that they'd all be outsiders as well.
In any event, the plot requires them to team up, so they do. And they do so in order to secretly artbomb the town with various installations and provocations. For some reason, this suburb is a kind of Reagan-era '80s throwback, because the media, cops, and authorities freak out as if there were commies hiding under the beds. What could have been an interesting idea, especially with the introduction of a brooding romantic interest, ends up being too obvious and over-the-top and most of the potential is wasted.