Punk Mambo #1

A quick visit to Grunch Rd in Louisiana, near Nawleans, reviews a place where things aren’t as they appear. Straight out of the eighties, it’s Constantine meets Tank Girl meets Swamp Thing! You are going to like this comic.

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Punk Mambo #1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Penciled and inked by Adam Gotham
Colored by José Villarubia
Lettered by Dave Sharpe
Edited by Lysa Hawkins
Published by Valiant Entertainment

Synopsis: The reader meets Punk Mambo on the shores of a creek off Grunch Rd. Quickly the scene becomes clearly recognizable as a repeat voodoo murder site. Dark creatures emerge to confront Punk Mambo, who is reigning them in for capturing her friends. In the confrontation, Punk Mambo’s possessed Loa Ayezan is stripped away. She feels grudging concern for her Loa and Marie Laveau steps in to offer help, suspiciously.

This comic is plainly a female John Constantine. Chain smoking, British, and deep into voodoo. And that might be my only complaint. Set in the American south, I haven’t seen much originality, yet. We’ll see more in the remainder of the five issue arc.

Without spoiling it, Punk Mambo has deeper feelings than Constantine that she hides thinly.

I think the art is good. It’s hard tell because Valiant ruins their comics in the review copies with over-compression and watermarks. In spite of that it’s dark but fun, which I missed last time I looked at DC. I’m expecting this arc to be a shining example of comicbook storytelling. If it falls too short of Moore I’m going to disappointed.

Because of the fun and nostalgia in this new take on the genre I give it a 4 of 5 stars.

Look for it in your local comic shop or go online to Valiant.

Agree? Disagree? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

Lonnie Webb

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments, and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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