Thursday, July 10, 2008

Patsy Walker: Hellcat #1 (of 5)

Kathryn Immonen, David Lafuente & John Rauch
This is another comic that I picked up on a whim. I know nothing about Patsy Walker, but was curious, so here we are. The debut issue of the five issue mini-series begins with Patsy playing model for a neighbor who wants a dress fitted. During the play date, she gets a call from Iron Man, who needs her to help out with the 50-state initiative. In Alaska. Solo. Not exactly the most star-studded gig, but Hellcat is up for the challenge and very quickly meets up with some unfriendly natives and a magical bear or two. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this issue. The art is pretty great, as are the bright colors, especially when it comes to Patsy's fashionable outfits and the several panels that illustrate what she's imagining. What really makes this book something special is the character of Patsy Walker. She's really cool and funny - a little ditsy spoiled princess, a little rough and ready to take things on herself. She's really quite charming when all is said and done, and I found myself quite smitten with the character, and laughing out loud at a few exchanges she has with other characters. I can't say that this is leaps and bounds ahead of other superhero books, but it does have a flavor all its own, and it's a hell of a lot of fun. A great surprise.

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