Roller derby is one of those sports where either you get it or you don’t. But if you don’t get it, Slam! (BOOM! Studios), Television Without Pity writer Pamela Ribon and artist Veronica Fish want to help you figure it out. And they do a hell of a job.
Slam! follows derby neophytes Jennifer and Maisie as they get through the newbie process, become best friends, and get drafted… to opposing teams. Helping make the book work: Ribon and Fish make Jennifer’s workaholism and Maisie’s struggle through a break-up is incredibly relatable. They’re strong characters that you want to see in action. The book is often incredibly funny, not least because Fish gets to stretch her artistic boundaries a bit and have some fun.
Slam! is one of those comics that reminds you comics are more than superheroes. The warmth and fun found in it is rare and gives this series a lot of promise. If you want something different on your pull list, this should be at the top.