- File Size: 739 KB
- Print Length: 191 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: John Picha (March 17, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XMRZ1S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,831,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pandora Driver: The Origin Kindle Edition
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The story is set during the great depression and the golden age of comic and pulp magazines. It's paced like a comicbook and there are a lot of neat little comic winks hidden throughout the adventure. The fight scenes are brutal, the details are engaging and plot reveals kept me interested though out. This ebook also includes slick illustrations of Pandora's car (a Phantom Corsair) that might make you want one.
Betty McDougal is a sweet farm girl from the sticks who has her farm, her job, her home, and finally her parents taken away from her by an uncaring financial combine - namely, the fat cat crooks who run business, both legal and illegal, in Citadel City. The novel follows her as she swears revenge on the men who ruined her family, and plots her course as she plans how to do it, encountering many setbacks and cliff-hanging dangers along the way. With the help of several colorful and eccentric characters she comes across, she transforms herself into Pandora Driver - a master (mistress) of disguise, a ruthless crime-fighter, and owner of an indestructible car.
Her nemesis is Carson, President of the Citadel Bank. In the true tradition of the pulps, he has no redeeming features whatsoever, but he exerts a horrible fascination as the reader wonders just how far he will go. With its themes of how people will be ensnared by sexual abuse and the threat of violence, this book is definitely not kid stuff - but then again, it doesn't shower its readers with long descriptions of carnage, gun battles or blood and guts, like some pulp writers I've come across.
Betty/Pandora wages a war on two fronts - by night, she stalks Citadel City as a vigilante, and by day, she wages a legal battle against Carson with a lawyer friend, Professor Langley. This also echoes the spinning headlines and courtroom dramas of the period.
This novel is an intriguing addition to the world of pulp adventure, because Pandora Driver is one of the very few female crime-fighters. The only other I'm aware of is Domino Lady, who used an ingenious arsenal to fight crime, her chief weapon being her disarming and distracting beauty, and if this is a homage it's a very fitting one.
"Pandora Driver: The Origin" tells an action-packed story, accompanied by John Picha's wonderful illustrations, that tips a fedora to the two-fisted pulp mysteries of the Thirties and Forties but still maintains a 21st century sensibility.
Betty's story is told in stark contrasts as hard times force her family from the farm to the heartless city, and Betty is forced to make ever more desperate choices to keep her crumbling family from falling completely apart. This adventure is a thrill ride, and sexy at times, but leave your fifty shades of gray behind--Betty makes her way in a six-panel, black and white world where Frank Miller would find himself at home, and she's not shy about using her body or her wits to get what she wants.
The storytelling style makes it hard, at times, to really empathize with Betty--we're not taken deep into her character to share her feelings. But make no mistake, the story doesn't suffer for it. Betty is no ordinary girl--she's a superhero in the making, and superheroes are, by necessity, a breed apart. Betty impressed me as a feminist heroine because she was clever and thorough in her plans for justice and vengeance, but she's still a very flawed, intriguing character, and not yet quite comfortable in her superhero role, a matter which I expect to see rectified as the series continues.
Who needs to read this book: Fans of Frank Miller-style graphic novels will find a familiar landscape in the intense, action-packed tale of how Betty finds her power and vengeance as the mysterious Pandora Driver. If you like classic superheroes (with a touch of psychosis) like The Phantom, The Shadow, and the broodier side of Batman, Pandora Driver will find herself a parking spot on your keeper shelf.
Who else needs to read this book: Graphic artists, because this one needs to be at least a 12-issue series, followed up by a graphic-novel omnibus.
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