This week we get start a new arc in the Hit-Girl series. And if I had to review this issue in one word, it would be "HolyFuckingShitWeGetJeffLemireWritingHitGirl"!!
OK, now that I've got that out of the way, let's get to it!
Last we saw Hit-Girl, she had just finished cleaning up the streets of Colombia, and she was setting her sights on that den of thieves and criminals....Canada?
This new arc picks up with Mindy in a bit of a bind, trapped in a bear trap. As we flash back to the previous three days, we learn she is hunting down some drug-lords, and maybe forgetting a few lessons about getting overconfident and sloppy.
This issue marks a dramatic shift in the Hit-Girl series, shifting from creator Mark Millar writing to Jeff Lemire. The art style also takes a dramatic shift, switching from Ricardo Lopez Ortiz to Eduardo Risso. You've got no complaints from me here. You're going from Mark Millar, one of the legends of comic writing, to Jeff Lemire who is a modern genius.
While I think we will continue to get the characteristic "kill first, ask questions later" behavior from Hit-Girl, this arc appears to be setting up Hit-Girl to do some reflection. Already we see a flashback to her with Big Daddy, as she learns the way to be a hero. This makes perfect sense, as Jeff Lemire has done a brilliant job with hitting on some deeper topics in the past.
I can't wait to see where Lemire takes Hit-Girl over the next few issues. We may not see coked-up jungle animals, but Lemire is one of the few writers that I will grab a #1 of anything he puts out without knowing what it is. I just trust that whatever he's doing is worth giving a chance.
I really can't wait to see where this story goes!
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: June 20, 2018
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Eduardo Risso
Fresnerd Grade: 5/5 stars. Millar hands over the Hit-Girl reigns to Jeff Lemire. While the tone may shift, Hit-Girl is in some incredibly capable hands.