Publisher: BOOM! Studios (BOOM! Box imprint)
Story/Art: Tyson Hesse
Release Date: 9th September, 2015
When asked by teen boys to recommend a comic book, I never struggle,. Actually, I do – to give them a small number of comics. Usually I keep talking until their eyes glaze over. But girls? Wow, pulling recommendations out is far more difficult. Yes, admittedly it’s getting easier but generally recommendations tend to fall into the ‘real life’ genre. But here, with Tyson Hesse’s Diesel, there is a promising adventure-slash-steampunk comic that will appeal to both sexes, especially female teens as the protagonist is a feisty seventeen year old girl.
Dee Diesel lives aboard a flying ship/town called Peacetowne. She is the daughter of a famous pilot who previously owned Peacetowne. When Dee turns eighteen it becomes hers, but until then it is in the hands of Cap Wells and her First Mate, North. Cap doesn’t like Dee very much. Annoying teen girl meets impatient matriarch. It’s especially tense as Dee can’t help but rub it in that Peacetowne is soon going to be hers and she will do as she pleases with it. Ah, the arrogance of youth. So, here we have the classic coming-of-age tale.
The book concludes as Peacetowne gets tossed about by a storm with exploding lightning. Then a curious machine drops on to the deck and takes off as Dee and her friend, Philip from the garage, try to find out what it is.
Diesel is a lot of fun and this issue is a solid start to the story. We definitely ‘get’ who Dee is and she is both annoying and adorable, like most teenagers. The mix of adventure and steampunk isn’t new but Dee’s perspective and the artwork is. Hesse combines manga and steampunk with the colours from Mad Max to create Diesel’s world and it works very well.
A very welcome comic book with a hugely positive female character. If I had a daughter, she’d be getting this to read.
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The Writer of this piece was: Hazel Hay
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