Eternity Girl #3

Writer: Magdalene Visaggoo
Artist: Sonny Liew
Colorist: Chris Chuckry
Letterer: Todd Klein
Publisher: DC’s Young Animal

Review by Anelise Farris

 Last issue, Caroline made some pretty bold moves: she travelled with Madame Atom to space; defeated Astrolas; and, challenged Sloan—all while dealing with her own depression. Eternity Girl #3 delivers us with an equally action-packed, yet heartfelt issue. With Astrolas dead, balance has been lost and everything in space and time is threatened. And, as one of her pursuers reminds us, “This isn’t chaos versus order. It’s being versus nothingness. Life versus death.”

One of my favorite parts about this series so far, and rendered especially well here, is that, although there is cosmic-sized drama going on, this is foremost a story about Caroline. And I love that Dani, her friend, still plays a role here. Although she doesn’t understand Caroline’s depression, she has the heart to call and apologize after last issue’s fiasco. She’s determined to be a friend—no matter what.

So, we have Dani, worried about Caroline’s mental health, and Caroline’s pursuers nervous about her and Madame Atom getting close to the tower that would destroy everything. If there’s one person that can prevent Caroline from destroying herself, and everything around her, Sloan thinks it’s Rick Rex/The Never Man. And that’s where our next issue appears to be headed.

In addition to a brilliant story, the art in Eternity Girl #3 continues to deliver. The pastel colors, surreal line-work, and those panels of Caroline spiraling through space? Absolutely gorgeous and perfectly suited to this story. The light, whimsical art balances really well with the heaviness of the story being told.

Verdict: Buy it.

If you like character-driven sci-fi stories with a lot of philosophical depth, then you better be reading this series! Eternity Girl #3 raises new questions about Caroline’s abilities and Lady Atom’s motives. Plus we are left wondering about the existence of justice, the power of belief, and the “transcendent meat grinder” that is the human existence.

Anelise Farris
Anelise is an english professor with a love for old buildings, dusty tomes, black turtlenecks, and all things macabre and odd.

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