Sara’s training may not be over, but the invading aliens don’t care. Can she earn her place as a full-fledged Flavor Girl? Your Major Spoilers review of Flavor Girls #3 from Archaia Entertainment awaits!
FLAVOR GIRLS #3
Writer: Loic Locatelli-Kournwsky
Artist: Loic Locatelli-Kournwsky
Colorist: Eros de Santiago with Loic Locatelli-Kournwsky
Editor: Dafna Pleban
Publisher: Archaia – BOOM! Studios
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: September 14, 2022
Previously in Flavor Girls: Now that she’s officially one of the legendary Flavor Girls, can Sara step up to the task and complete her training?
What’s more, can she finish in time to help the Flavor Girls save the entire world from the Agarthian threat?
ALL IS LOST
This issue features a truly stunning opener, with Naoko in an all-out battle, transitioning into the story of her origins and how she came to be a Flavor Girl, all done visually without a single line of dialogue. It feels like almost an issue unto itself, but then the story continues. The alien Agartha force the veteran Flavor Girls V, Camille, and Naoko to bring their most powerful attacks, but when things seem darkest, new kid Sara debuts her own power moves, shocking everyone. Overconfidence gets the best of her, forcing Naoko to forsake victory to protect her new teammate and allowing the villains to escape with the artifact that they have been seeking. When they return to their temple, rather than a dressing-down, their teacher, Master Himiko offers them praise for staying together and protecting one another.
Of course, the giant monster that the Agarthans are creating will need addressing at some point.
FEAR THE PINEAPPLE WRATH!
I was a little concerned when this final issue didn’t actually resolve the plot, but that also makes me happy that there is still story left to tell. The strange combination of manga and bandes dessinée tradition in these pages is truly impressive to behold, bolstering the strengths of both storytelling frameworks. The art feels like pure French comics, including soft-edged design and pastel coloring, but the design of the alien threat just screams Ultraman/Super Sentai. The touches that make this unique (like the fact that V has the power of an artichoke or the skilled use of mood and tone in Naoko’s flashback) are also what make it atypical of either storytelling tradition. There are multiple chapters in these pages, with 58-pages of story, helping to offset the pain of that eight-dollar price tag.
BOTTOM LINE: MORE TO COME?
It’s not the closure that I expected from part three of three, but Flavor Girls #3 does a really good job of upping the ante and cementing Sara as a member of the now four-person team, with beautiful art and a story that clearly has gas in the proverbial tank earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. If you haven’t heard about this book, I highly recommend that you check it out, as Locatelli-Kournwsky is making comics unlike anything else on the stands, in all the best ways.
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FLAVOR GIRLS #3
This comic feels like Europe's take on Japanese magical girls translated into English and it's a most enjoyable hybrid entity.