Mill Collins is the worst Wayde Tennis Academy. She has a coach that constantly tries to rid himself of her and she's been last place in the rankings for months. That is, until Walt, a coach who claims he has twenty years of experience, offers to help her move up the ranks. What follows is a fun comic, with some clever and enjoyable elements, but it is told like the typical underdog rising the ascents story. 15-Love is experimental for Marvel, but lacks a life of its own.
There are three issues in this, but they are double the length so we see the entire journey from "loser" to the final. The journey is paved quite predictably, as with all of these type of sports stories and there are numerous pastiches of the genre. There is the "bad" coach with a secret past, the aformentioned underdog, Mill Collins, and the alpha female villain. With the exception of the alpha female, Andi Watson does develop these characters quite well. The queen bee is not, and isn't utilised very well within the story. The comic would be the same without her, and she's built up to be a villain, but comes across as predictable and pointless. Likewise, some of the other characters aren't well created either, such as Mill's boyfriend.
Although the plot is tried and tested, it's always fun to see an underdog achieve greatness, and the subplots are a fun addition to the main plot, which often compliment the main storyline very well. On the other hand, the ending feels rushed and introduces a few too many subplots that are resolved in a few panels. Some of the most important moments are ruined by comic-relief. The ending especially suffers from it.
For an industry prizing itself on high-tension fights, tennis isn't very exciting in the form of a comic. For better or worse, the game is grounded in reality in 15-Love so there are no exciting shots or obscene plays. I often found myself skipping the pages with the games, because all that really mattered was the outcome. Still, the art is colourful and full of energy and each game has its own feel to it. The inks and colours thoroughly suit the story and are a highlight of the comic.
Overall, I enjoyed reading 15-Love. It was fun, had good art and still had an identity with all the other sports stories. 15-Love showed promise with its strong serve in the beginning issue, but lost energy by the end and fizzled out. I felt it could have done with one more issue just to wrap things up a little more. That being said, it was an interesting foray into something new for Marvel and it was largely successful in its execution.