Rating: 5/5 – Lemire & Risso Make Hit-Girl Kick Ass in Canada…
By ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
With apologies for the pun on the title of the series Hit-Girl spun off from, this comic kicks ass! After an initial story arc with a more cartoony art style by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz that was really not my cup of tea, I decided to give issue #5 a try when I saw Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets, Moonshine) as the artist. His style really clicks for me with the crime and no-holds-barred violence that is a trademark of this series.
Jeff Lemire falls right into writing the profane, irreverant Hit Girl. Walking into a bar, looking for information (in full costume) the bartender remarks “Halloween’s over, and there’s no kids allowed, sweetheart.” to receive the response, “Nice mullet, F**k Face. Gimme a root beer”. I can appreciate that not everyone will be tickled by this kind of dialogue OR by the sequence that follows as Hit Girl has to go to some extreme measures to get the information she needs. Those readers should steer well clear. The ones who see that and say “Right on! You tell him Mindy, and don’t take any shit from those low-lifes!” this is written for you. Risso excels at the hard-boiled action. Gun-shots, stabbings, and blood splatter are all in his artistic arsenal and he’s able to use them all to the story’s advantage.
Lemire really bellies up to the bar and delivers a noir tale paired with Risso that is a world-class example of the genre. Fans of the genre who are not turned off by language, violence, and peril, go out and grab a copy of this issue before it’s gone. The cliff-hanger of this issue certainly has me anticipating how Mindy’s going to get out of this one, I will definitely be back for issue #6.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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