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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

"Cute" = "Puke"

The Cute Girl Network - M.K. Reed, Greg Means, Joe Flood

First, just need to get this off my chest.  I hate cute.  I hate the word carelessly tossed out at any girl who happens to have very common attributes, such as long hair, being under 5'6'', having a face.  So from the get-go I was on the fence about this graphic.  I really don't care for that title.

 

The Cute Girl Network is about a hopeless idiot, who has made mistakes in his dating life, being targeted by a group of unhappy exes, brought together by "The Network."  Which is basically all the girls in the city getting together and gathering all the worst stories about potential boyfriends so they can continue to vent about crap that happened to them.  Sounds fun (barf).

 

When Jane's roommates find out she's dating Jack the network step in to inform her of her mistake, urging her to 'dump his ass.'  Jane is taken, wearing a ridiculous tiara so that everyone would recognize her as the girl of the moment, to visit Jack's exes and listen as they air all his dirty laundry.

 

In the end, Jane decides that she's an adult and can make her own decisions about life.  Good for her.  

 

I did kind of wonder about the title still, though.  By calling it the "Cute" girl network are they saying that girls who are not cute aren't allowed to complain or be warned about jerks?  They're on their own?  Only the physically attractive are allowed to be picky?

 

Whatever.  Lost points on that one for sure.

 

Both men and women show off the range of human vanity, stupidity and general jerkness.  Then Jane schools peeps on how women can skateboard and do whatever else they want to do despite the enormous hindrance of their gender.  Things got a bit preachy for my taste.

 

Also, despite being published only a few years ago the whole thing seemed incredibly dated to me.

 

I did enjoy the art, obviously influenced by Bill Watterson.  It's in the shoes.

 

Note: I may not put up any reviews for the next couple weeks since I'm on a trip. Yay!