Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla
Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla is the electrifying new addition to the Minky Woodcock detective collection. Written and illustrated by the omnitalented Cynthia Von Buhler.
Minky Woodcock is hired to investigate one Nikola Tesla to learn the secrets of his highly speculated new invention, the Death Ray Machine. As a woman working as a detective in the 40s, Minky will know more than anyone that you can’t just a book by its cover – or in this case a newspaper article by its headline. Bizarre, shocking and bizarrely shocking in its real-life veracity, this titular and titillating intelligence officer looks to uncover the truth about Tesla.
Firstly, the character design and their physical implementation presented by Buhler reminds me of the pop art style utilised in the spy comedy series, Archer; like a 50s Bunty magazine wardrobe cut-out was placed in a murder mystery setting.
This pop art style mixed with a lavish but rustic colour palette alters the tone from a generic 40s comic to an electrifying neo-noir tale.
As Buhler states in regards to the story, the events while bizarre are in fact true, all but Minky herself. Minky instead acts as a geniusly fictitious vessel for these events to transpire and flow throughout the narrative. Any liberties taken are wholly inoffensive and don’t make a dent in her rock-solid research.
Furthermore, Buhler’s combined research and natural flare for writing allows for brilliant analogies and fascinating science weaved between dialogue that is neither forced or closeted. A wider picture awaits you when you are ready to see it.
Judging the book by its cover, the comic alludes to lewdness or a stylishly provocative tale of romance with no remorse for the facts. On the contrary, this is a highly sophisticated and exuberant comic. Grabbing your attention with a promising premise of a powerful female private investigator pulling down the perpetuate perceptions of a patriarchal wall, All while petting her pet lapine, Agatha.
In conclusion, Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla also electrifies the reader with a spark of consistent and rewarding storytelling laced with arousing depictions of the adolescent Golden Age of New York.
Crucially, Buhler has struck lightning in a bottle. Synergising the educational value of some of history’s most shocking figures with their equally shocking tales of mystery. Have you had enough of my poor attempts at electricity puns yet? Me too. Buy this comic!
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