Title: Hit-Girl #4
Script: Mark Millar
Art: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Publication Date: May 23, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: IT’S THE COLOMBIAN SHOWDOWN. In the bloody climax to her Colombian adventure, Hit-Girl makes her last stand against Palmira’s gang lords. She’s enslaved Mano as a sidekick, but will he finally crack and turn weapons on his own people? HIT-GIRL #4 is an action-packed gorefest—the bloodbath before Mindy sets off to her next destination.
This is it, the final showdown, the moment that we readers have been waiting for since we found out that our favorite pint-sized badass was hacking and slashing and shooting her way through Colombia. The journey to this point has been one of great intensity and unbridled ferocity; until this issue, we readers have gotten our asses handed to us several times and in the most satisfying of ways. Which, leaves the question: Can Millar and Ortiz produce a concluding issue that not only lives up to expectations, but also manages to exceed said expectations and raise the bar one notch higher? The short answer: yes!
Bullets fly and blood is shed and bits and pieces of this bad guy and that bad guy litter Columbian back-alleys and roadways; Issue #4 of this, the newest Hit-Girl run, exceeds expectations and concludes the initial action-packed arc in a way that satisfies readers and encourages them to stick around for the next stop in Mindy’s world tour.
While not completely void of a twist or two, some of what happens in this issue is predictable, but these events are foreseeable only because Millar gives readers what they want and concludes this arc in a way that makes sense. This being the case, Hit-Girl #4 becomes the most satisfying issue of the arc. And when readers see where Mindy is heading next, they’ll smile and pre-order Issue #5.
Throughout this first series of issues, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz’ indefatigable illustrations, coupled with Sunny Gho’s lively color work, have made for a consistently visually satisfying reading experience. Although Ortiz’ work was, perhaps, most impressive during the more intense, action-heavy scenes, his expression and detail work provided readers with a wealth of eye-candy.
I’m glad that Hit-Girl is back and kicking ass and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The Bottom Line:
In an all-out balls-to-the-wall bloodbath of an issue, writer Mark Millar and artist Ricardo Lopez Ortiz conclude their first new Hit-Girl arc with a brutal intensity that leaves readers ready and eager for Mindy’s next action-packed adventure.