SuicideGirls (in Comics)

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SuicideGirls is a website and online community that features pin-up “photosets” and profiles of alternative female models (referred to as “Suicide Girls”). Chris tells Cassie in Hack/Slash Annual #1: “It’s a website… super-hot-punk-rock-goth-emo-girls (like yourself) getting naked.” SuicideGirls was created by Sean Suhl and Selena Mooney (aka Missy Suicide) in late 2001, and, is currently based in Los Angeles, CA. The website requires a paid membership ($12/month). SuicideGirls has also produced DVDs, films (including the 2010 slasher flick Suicide Girls Must Die!), a live show (which has opened for Courtney Love in 2004 and Guns n’ Roses in 2006), books (including 2008’s massive tome SuicideGirls: Beauty Redefined), magazines, and, of course, comic books.

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By the way, former “Suicide Girl” Felony Melony went on to form the amazing Las Vegas-based “alternative punk n’ roll” band The Objex, where she is killing stereotypes as an African-American punk girl in a genre, well, not dominated by African-American punk girls. Check ’em out. But, this post is about SuicideGirls in comics …

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SuicideGirls first appeared, in comic books, in Hack/Slash Annual #1 (2008), which was published by Devil’s Due Publishing and collected in Volume 5: Reanimation Games (2009). Cassie and Vlad are called to investigate the suicides of three SuicideGirls. They find Diaboliq, a slasher who exists on the Internet and is able to possess people through their PCs and force them to kill themselves. Diaboliq was a blogger who killed a man and was electrocuted trying to evade the police after his SuicideGirl girlfriend turned him in. He obviously holds a grudge against the SuicideGirls, so, Cassie attempts to lure Diaboliq by posting a photoset of herself on the website. Diaboliq takes the bait, but possesses SuicideGirl Fractal, and Cassie is forced to kill her to stop him. The full photoset, in which Cassie gets naked, was actually posted on the SuicideGirls website.

Is it wrong that I’m turned on by naked comic book girls? If so, then, IDW’s SuicideGirls should be illegal!

The 4-issue series, published and collected in 2011, was plotted by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Remains), Missy Suicide, and Brea Grant; written by Brea Grant with art by David Hahn; and, featuring covers by Cameron Stewart. The trade paperback includes a trio of short stories detailing the secret history of the SuicideGirls, portraits by Cameron Stewart (including a cover gallery and paintings of real SuicideGirls), and a real SuicideGirls photo gallery. It’s a hefty volume with a whole lot of naked girls with tattoos and piercings!

In the near-future, Way*Of*Life is a “religious techno-cult” that controls individual freedom, and, its new campaign targets women, specifically, the SuicideGirls who are a group of sexy rebels who are fighting Way*Of*Life for their right to be naked on the internet. The SuicideGirls are led by Sana, and include Cassius, mechanic Wheeler, explosives expert Kim, and tech whiz Porter.

In Issue #1, the SuicideGirls free vengeful Frank from a Way*Of*Life prison where she has spent the last few years looking for her friend Xenia, who is also Sana‘s little sister, known as Calla. “You kidnapped me,” Frank accuses Sana. “But we were really nice about it,” Cassius defends. Frank will join with the SuicideGirls to take down Way*Of*Life if she gets to kill its founder, Vanderslice. Sana agrees.

In Issue #2, Way*Of*Life cyborgs infiltrate the SuicideGirls‘ headquarters. “Why does this always happen when we’re getting undressed?” Porter wonders. Frank defeats the cyborgs using the samurai swords she keeps tucked in the corset piercing on her back. The SuicideGirls learn from a beheaded cyborg that Vanderslice is attending a fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. They plan to kidnap him, but, plans go awry, and Sana and Wheeler are kidnapped by Way*Of*Life instead.

In Issue #3, Frank, Kim, Porter and Cassius return to the SuicideGirls headquarters where they figure out that Way*Of*Life is altering the minds of women, including Frank. “… like a COINTELPRO meets MKUltra?” Porter wonders. “I was thinking like Dollhouse mixed with The Thing and a touch of Total Recall,” Kim adds. Way*Of*Life planted memories in Frank‘s mind hoping that Sana would recruit her to lead her to Xenia. “And now we have you, the leader of the infamous SuicideGirls,” Vanderslice tells Sana. But …

In Issue #4, Frank, Kim, Porter and Cassius set out on an explosive suicide mission to rescue Sana, Wheeler, and Xenia. But, Frank goes rogue, and, confronts Vanderslice. “I am so going to end you,” she snarls, but, he shoots her in the arm. “That all you got?!” she taunts, and, he shoots her in the chest. But, she gets up, and charges him, deflecting bullets with her blade. “I realized it’s not that you’re crazy,” she says, as she cuts his hand off, then, thrusts the blade through his gut, to his surprise. She jerks it upward, slicing him in half, revealing that he is actually a cyborg, as she quips, “It’s that your programming is outdated!” But, Frank is a cyborg, too. However, Vanderslice is dead, and, with him, Way*Of*Life dies, too. The world is saved, and, by God, there will be nudity!

Awesome!

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