Save yourself! # 2 actually answers some serious questions about these magical girls. You know the magical girls from the first issue who weren’t what they seemed? Yeah, good times.
Bones Leopard (Identical) is the author of Save yourself! # 2, as is the case with the first issue. Kelly and Nichole Matthews (Just beyond) are the artists of this comic, with Jim Campbell as editor. Kelly and Nichole Matthews are responsible for the main cover art, while Stephanie Gonzaga (Duck tales) is responsible for the only variant of coverage. Finally, as in the previous issue, BOOM! Studios is the publisher of the entire comic book series.
Save yourself! # 2 will go on sale on July 21, 2021. You can purchase printed copies at your local comic book store. If the digital version is right for you, you can download it from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.
Warning: spoilers for Save yourself! # 2 below. If you want to find out what’s wrong with evil magical girls, stop here and come back once you find out for yourself.
Save yourself! # 2: Summary of the plot
Gigi and her brother-in-law Shawn find themselves in a secret base at the bottom of the Atlantic. It turns out that the monsters in which the magic girls fight Save yourself! are not mean. Turns out they are all actually aliens from a place called the Cosmic Federation. They are basically a space UN, and they are here to stop or stop the “magic girls”, who are in fact alien criminals. They are essentially mass murderers devouring entire planets of life forms for food. The fake magical girls had targeted far away planets to escape the Federation’s attention, but now they’re upon them, and they’ve tracked these “magical girls” to Earth, and want to stop them before they can. ‘they don’t devour every human on the planet. Unfortunately, the federal authorities seem to have red tape that binds them, preventing them from being able to call their military on the magical fake girls. Not a good thing when you’re dealing with aliens with doomsday powers.
Ultimately though, this bureaucracy means that Gigi and Shawn’s encounter with the Cosmic Federation, while also revealing (including that Mia is a member of the Magic Girls fake race, secretly worked with the Feds to bring them down, and fell in love with Gigi), is largely unsuccessful. The only thing the couple manages to accomplish is burn all of their Magical Girl Goods. Because yes. Things then seem to calm down for a while, and then Gigi learns from her cafe owner friend, Bear, that a “monster” has entered and took Shawn away. Obviously, it looks like these magical fake girls are done waiting and want to attract Gigi. We’ll just have to find out what Gigi does next in the next issue of Save yourself!.
Save yourself! # 2: Good
I think my favorite part of Save yourself! # 2 is the yuri. Yes, as a yuri fan, I approve of Gigi and Mia’s budding yuri relationship. Their obvious crushes on each other are frankly quite adorable. This instantly earns quite a few extra points in my department.
Another point in my favor is character design. Especially the non-human characters. Aliens are interesting to watch, and a lot of them are quite cute. Mia’s natural form as a hybrid pink dragon / axolotl creature is particularly cuddly. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone made a plush based on this shape a bit later. With a bit of luck.
The story is also surprisingly deep. The Cosmic Federation’s inability to take more direct action to stop / neutralize magical fake girls due to bureaucracy in an interesting premise. It sounds like Take That against governments and their love of bureaucracy. As a fan of political fiction, this officially intrigues me.
Save yourself! # 2: The bad
Honestly, if there’s one thing I would complain about Save yourself! # 2is that Bone Leopard did not go far enough in the bureaucratic aspect of this story. I wouldn’t mind seeing Commander Sef citing specific Cosmic Federation laws that prevent them from taking more direct action in this case. I think the Commander might have had her too, if Gigi hadn’t interrupted her (?) Whenever the Commander tried to explain their situation. While this is understandable in Gigi’s case, given that it all could decide the fate of humanity and how she was personally affected by the Magical Fake Girls due to her brother’s death. I just wish she could have her blast just a little later.
Save yourself! # 2 of BOOM! Studios picks up where the first issue left off and finally explained the situation to Gigi (and by extension us the audience). Unfortunately, the whole meeting turns out to be a bit fruitless due to the interstellar paperwork. Moreover, it looks like the fake magic girls try to lure Gigi into a position where they can make her disappear with the kidnapping of her brother-in-law. We’ll just have to see if the Cosmic Federation will let go and help in the next issue of this. science fiction comic delivered.
Source: BOUM! Studios