Last month while interviewing Uclick’s CEO Douglas Edwards he hinted that big news was coming, that they were going to release a direct to mobile comic feature by a big name creator. For those of us who believe mobile will be a big market for the future of comics, I was excited that Uclick (now Universal Uclick) was pioneering the direct to mobile market. So it was with great disappointment I learned that this big announcement was the return of Stripperella – a short-lived mature audience animation character created back in 2003.
Sure the iPhone App comes with a big name, perhaps none greater in comic books than Stan Lee, but the script is embarrassingly amateurish replete with the character rushing to fight crime briefly before scurrying back to her pole dance routine then back out to save the city again. The antagonist in this series is Mad Melter who is threatening to melt the city if his demands are not met (but don’t worry Stripperella has an “anti-melt” cream she applies lustfully which proves to save her – but not her clothes – later in the story).
For a comic that is touted as “a story of a woman who lives a double life and how it affects her psychologically,” it’s primary purpose appears to be to draw a buxom woman in as many provocative stances as possible surrounded by trite dialog and innuendo. I don’t know which audience Universal Uclick is aiming for, but anyone outside of the 13 year old market would (should) probably be insulted by this feature.
The app is $2.99 on that iTunes App Store.