[Variant cover by Dan Mora]
Crush是DC宇宙中的一个新角色。尽管她曾经是“少年泰坦”的一员，但她仍然需要一个有远见的作家来发挥她的全部潜力。Crush & Loboshows that’s what Mariko Tamaki can and hopefully will be for her. The solo series fully embraces the DC Pride initiative and gives us a few more sides of Crush on a very entertaining journey.
Tamaki mentioned in oneinterviewthat working with letterer Ariana Maher and illustrators Amancay and Tamra has reminded her how ridiculously fun comics can be, which is easy to feel when readingCrush & Lobo. Every element is there to make it a pleasant read, from the vibrant colors to the narration and the characters. When narrating, Crush is a self-aware character; she constantly talks about the type of character she is, how ridiculous these situations are, and even thanks us for reading. But she doesn’t do that like Deadpool; it’s not a resource to make it seem like knows she’s in a comic book, it’s only a way to make her speak to the reader and turn the story into something even more enjoyable.
Like many coming-of-age stories, Crush is an edgy teenager that doesn’t fit in and is in self-destruct mode. She just quit the Titans, doesn’t talk to any of them, and keeps beating aliens up for her whole day. Her only meaningful connection is with Katie, her girlfriend. The first chapter is the cutest thing ever; Katie seems like a really easy-going person that loves Crush. And both of them can be themselves around each other. Saying the dance scene (in the picture above) is beautiful is an understatement. That’s why I wanted to see a lot more of Crush and Katie hanging out and having fun together, but that’s not the point of the book.
By the end of the issue and throughout the whole series, you’ll realize Crush was emotionally unavailable and didn’t get what Katie needed many times. Their relationship is far from perfect. Crush is not prepared to do a lot of the usually necessary things in a relationship, like meeting Katie’s parents; she tries to use her job as an excuse to avoid them, or she simply runs away. Crush has numerous flashbacks in which she somehow hurt Katie. Clearly, Crush needs to grow and understand more about herself, and that’s what the series is about.
When Crush meets Julia, an alien that loves Lobo and apparently only lives to please him, she does her best to convince Julia that Lobo is only going to hurt her. Unfortunately, Julia’s naivety and optimistic view of things don’t let her believe anything Crush says. To Julia, Lobo isn’t bad and she is the only one that truly understands him.
Everything Crush goes through in this comic helps her realize maybe it’s not too late to be better. And Lobo plays a big role in that realization, so let’s focus a bit on the Main Man.
You might have noticed I haven’t talked much about Lobo for a comic calledCrush & Lobo, but that’s because he actually doesn’t appear a lot, even though he is relevant. His importance to the comic is what he means for Crush and their father-daughter relationship.
Father-daughter dynamics are pretty popular in media. We have the perfect examples inThe Last of Uswith Joel and Ellie and in the X-Men comics with Logan and Laura. In both, the detached parent figure with a traumatic past turns into someone better thanks to the daughter. With time, Joel starts dropping a few hints that he’s beginning to really like Ellie and that she’s becoming someone important to him. The story seemed to be only about Joel dropping a girl from one place to another, but it developed into a tale about a father allowing himself to love and be loved again and sacrificing everything – even the rest of the world – to save someone he loves.
洛根和劳拉的关系非常相似;他们之间的关系变得非常重要，劳拉继承了金刚狼的衣钵，尊重她父亲的遗产。But, in a way,Crush & Loboexists to break that dynamic. Even though it seemed that Lobo had changed, everything was a ruse. No matter what happens, he will never become someone better or sacrifice anything for his daughter. For Crush, being like him is a curse.
At the end of the last chapter, we have been presented with some elements that will be part of Crush’s next story. She finally texts Katie, but isn’t given a definitive answer about their relationship; the new warden of the prison hires her to find and arrest escaped prisoners; also, the weird pink alien she fought a few times in the series calls someone and tells them to deal with Crush.
Crush is kind of like an empty canvas; her “world” is still small. Mariko Tamaki can, for example, develop what Crush will want to do in the future, her love life, and friends (connect more with Emiko or other characters). There’s a lot more that can be done and I want to be here to read it. To me,Crush & Loborepresents a good start to something that can be great.