Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Corin Howell
Colorist: Valentina Pinto
Letterer: Zakk Saam
Published by Dark Horse Comics
I’m going to start at the end of this issue. Writer/Co-Creator Magdalene Visaggio give a personal look at how Calamity Kate come from her need for “creative self-destruction.” I’m torn between wishing that missive had opened the book, and loving that it was at the end because it drastically changes how I looked at the rest of the story.
This is the story of Kate Strand, redefining herself. Recently divorced, she heads west and shows up on the doorstep of her former roommate, and best friend, in L.A.
The story is a poignant look at rebuilding a life from the ruins of abandoned bridges of the past. Oh, and monster killing.
The story in issue #1 is a bit disjointed, but at the same time, it hit all the expositional points it needed to in order to set the scene. I very much appreciated the fact that there was an actual blurb on the next issue, not just the standard “Next: <pseudo-title>”. Even just with a short few sentences it gave me, the reader, a promise that some of the gaping holes in the Issue #1 story would be filled in with Issue #2 and presumably more so in the future.
If you were to tell me that the art in a comic I had never seen was very Dark Horse Comics, Corin Howell’s art would be pretty close to what I would envision. Obviously, comic art has evolved and grown over the years, but that’s what goes through my head. Take that for what you will.
Sometimes I hate having to give a numerical rating, but I’m going to give this a 3.5 out of 5. With a heavy dash of optimism that this could go from interesting to becoming something absolutely amazing.