Title: Jook Joint #2
Writer: Tee Franklin
Artist/Cover: Alitha Martinez
Publication Date: November 14, 2018
“Tonight at the Jook Joint, the blood runs as hot as the music as Mahalia and her coven face an attack at the bar. Meanwhile, young mother Heloise has the chance to get away with murder. Will she use it, and take revenge on her sadistic husband?”
Justice is a dish served nightly at the Jook Joint as Mahalia and her coven seek out the worst of society to punish. As Mahalia’s women take care of a group of unruly men, Heloise’s husband arrives in the coven’s clutches. But Mahalia’s house is about justice, and Heloise is the only one who can act against her husband. What will Heloise decide?
Tee Franklin writes a terrific follow-up to her debut issue. Jook Joint #2 continues to tap into the New Orleans, jazz atmosphere while developing a strong storyline for the series. You can almost hear a trumpet play in the background of the panels, as Mahalia moves around her club, watching the patrons, assessing situations. Franklin expands our understanding of Mahalia, her coven, and the role her clubs plays in society. There’s something inherently captivating about Jook Joint’s premise, everyone is free to be themselves, but no one is above the rules. Inside its walls, Mahalia keeps the social balances in check, serving a dark and violent justice that is oh-so-gratifying to readers.
Alitha Martinez’s continues to impress. Her panels are clean and detailed, leaving little to the imagination. Elements of Martinez’s art are earthy, while others connect to the jazz culture. The series feels vintage in the art, but relevant in the storyline.
The Bottom Line:
Jook Joint #2 continues to build on the momentum from the first issue as Tee Franklin builds on the storyline. Alitha Martinez’s art continues to set the atmosphere of the issue, dark and vengeful, but also feminine and comforting.