LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET might be an offshoot of another comic, HALLOWEEN MAN, but it still manages to tell an interesting and empowering story in its own right.

Imagine a world in which women hold all the important offices in the United States: president, scientist, and even superhero. Well, a healthy imagination isn’t necessary when reading LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET. Following the adventures of the eponymous Lucy Chaplin, the comic tells the tale of a busy scientist turned superhero who gets caught up in the plot of an annoying and angry meninist. Written by Drew Edwards with art by Evan Quirring and an amazing cover by April Guadiana, LUCY CHAPLIN is a fun adventure.

Most importantly, with its pin-up art style and fun characters, the book is just a delight to read and leaves you wanting more of Lucy Chaplin, the Halloween Man, and her trusty sidekick, Millie Boyd.

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Preview of LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET #1. Courtesy of Sugar Skull Media.

The comic begins with the villain kidnapping a pop star for essentially dressing in a far too revealing manner. We quickly cut to Lucy Chaplin and Millie Boyd preparing to reveal Lucy’s newest invention. However, just as the press conference begins, everything is ruined by our villain, who we come to know as Samson, spoiling the whole affair with insults against these women to boot. Yet while he might hate the female gender, he isn’t above stealing Lucy’s technology or her lovely sidekick.

Lucy reaches out to her loving boyfriend Halloween Man to vent, but he’s a bit tied up. Thankfully, a quick bubble bath sparks Lucy into action, and she quickly figures out a way to defeat Samson: boobs and schemes! Just another average day in the life of LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET.

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A Universe Full of Amazing Women in LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET #1

The most amazing aspect of this comic upon a first read is how many women inhabit its panels. From the president to famous feminists and pop stars, pretty much all of the characters, with the exception of the Halloween Man and Samson, are women. The great thing about a comic populated solely by women is that it helps the reader realize how often comics are populated by only men.

I’ve read countless comics where women are the minority. That has always felt commonplace. The greatest thing in some ways about LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET, however, is that as the reader you get to inhabit a world in which women are truly equal and well-represented. In addition, these women are fierce. Lucy is truly fearless and wicked smart. She doesn’t need help. However, she is not an unrealistic character. She has doubts, thematically about the amount of cleavage she is showing at her conference. Overall, the world of Lucy Chaplin can be fantastical, but it is realistic and demonstrates an understanding of gender equality that our own reality cannot claim.

Busty Babes in True Pin-Up Style

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Preview of LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET #1. Courtesy of Sugar Skull Media.

The women of this comic are also not small waifs that blend into the background. Honestly, this comic is quite the opposite. The women are bold and busty with full figures abound. The retro pin-up style utilized throughout the book only enhances this feeling. The women of this book look as though they have jumped right out of posters.

This applies to more than just their figures, with the costumes and hairstyles reflecting this same aesthetic. The popstar entitled Diva wears a full-bodied cheetah print catsuit with soft yet bold short curls. Meanwhile, our hero Lucy Chaplin sports a two-piece mini-skirt suit with a dark lip and two beautifully pinned back curls. A look that emphasizes both her career as a plus-size model and her professionalism as a scientist.

More than just the fashion, the art routinely goes into close-ups on Lucy’s eyes as she makes certain realizations. This evokes the pop art style of Andy Warhols and the 1960’s, which just further adds to the aesthetic and theme of this book. Even the cover evokes this attitude, making this comic a fun pin-up experience.

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Why Do Men Hate Strong Women?

Finally, the comic is also enjoyable for its strong understanding of the psychology behind meninists. Without revealing too many spoilers, thematically the real villain of the story is male insecurity. While, spoiler alert, Lucy Chaplin still saves the day, she also questions why women like her or her friends provoke such strong negative emotions in men like Samson. Her loving boyfriend reminds her that this emotion is only really invoked in “the really weak and the really sad ones.”

This revelation points to two particularly enlightening things about this comic. First, it shows the strength of Halloween Man through how accepting and unthreatened he is by his strong other half, Lucy. Both of these characters are heroes in their own right, as Halloween Man takes down an ancient vampire. Meanwhile, Lucy has taken down what the comic describes as a terrorist cell of meninists. However, neither character holds this against the other one. On the contrary, the strength of each other is what has drawn them together. Neither is subordinate, rather they are both alpha and omega in their lives and to each other.

Second, the central theme of this comic going forward is on full display: strong women are not something to be feared, and if you fear them, that is an example of weakness in yourself. At the end of the day, people fear what they don’t understand and what threatens them. If you are threatened by someone else’s strength, that is really just a fear of your own weakness.

Conclusion

Ultimately, this is a short introductory story, but it demonstrates more than enough to hook readers interests. Between Lucy Chaplin’s strong characterization and the beautiful art style on display, there is no doubt that as the plot thickens, more fun stories will without a doubt also come to light. Check this one out, you won’t regret it!

Be sure to look for LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET on Comixology. It’s due to release July 4th!

LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET #1 by Drew Edwards, April Guadiana, and Evan Quiring
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Between its pin-up art style and ferocious female characters, LUCY CHAPLIN: SCIENCE STARLET delivers a fun introductory tale to what will be a thrilling ride!
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