Writer: Budd Root
Artist: Bradley Walton
Release Date: 12/1993-06/1995
Cavewoman isn’t just a cheesy comic about a scantily clad woman in a snakeskin bikini. Surprisingly, Cavewoman is very interesting and has quite the deep plot and character development that the big AAA comics usually have. Cavewoman (Meriem Cooper) was sent back in time 70 million years when the dinosaurs roamed with her grandfather to escape the government. The grandfather had built a time machine, but to time travel you had to enhance your body on a molecular level to survive the travel. They made Meriem extremely powerful, thick-skinned, and even faster.
The first six issues tell a tale of Marshville, Oregon as it gets transported back in time where Meriem is. Dinosaurs slaughter the townsfolk and Meriem must help save them. It’s a story about survival in a post-apocalyptic world. The story also concentrates on Meriem’s background origins and does a good job of getting her character across. You really grow to love Meriem and respect her for the strong and dependable woman she is. The backstory is told mainly through her diary pages that we see a little boy read in her cave. They are written from when she was a child and it adds character and depth that you wouldn’t expect from a low budget comic. There was a lot of thought and love put into this series and it shows with every panel.
With this comic being low budget; it looks the part. There is no color here and the drawings aren’t the best, but it gets across an interesting art style that sticks with the series throughout. All the characters are rather strong and the dino/human survival combo works really well here. Cavewoman is one of the better indie comics I have read in years and I plan to read the entire series.