Title: Calamity Kate #1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Words: Magdalene Visaggio
Art: Corin Howell
Colors: Valentina Pinto
Published: March 13, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: Kate Strand reboots her destructive life and moves to LA to be the superhero she always wanted to be–Calamity Kate: gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition; desperate to show she’s worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: the Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore. From the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer of the breakout hit Kim & Kim and DC Comic’s Eternity Girl with Gerard Way, and artist on IDW’s Ghostbusters and X-Files, comes this modern-day adventure of heroes and monsters.
Fresh from a divorce and set on reinventing her life, Kate Strand heads to L.A. to begin her monster-hunting career. The city is teeming with ghouls of all varieties, ripe for the slaying. And Kate is more than happy to clean up the city’s mess.
Magdalene Visaggio wastes no time, jumping right into the action of Calamity Kate #1. From the start, Calamity Kate is a gripping story, punchy and packed with attitude. Visaggio’s depiction of the character is fierce with a pinch of charm. Visaggio’s unique narrative, blending reality with the surreal, will instantly draw readers into the story. As Kate works to take down the city’s monsters, there’s another narrative beginning to form. Though that storyline remains murky at the moment. It’s far too early to say where the story will lead, but I’m confident Calamity Kate will deliver high energy, kick-ass monster hunting.
Corin Howell’s art mirror’s Visaggio’s tone to create the perfect visual counterpart to the story. Drawing Kate as a little rough around the edges, but detailed down to her freckles. And, Howell’s monsters are a visual treat. From the bones strewn across the living room to the dead carcass Kate drags into the kitchen, Howell captures all the nitty-gritty details in the art.
Calamity Kate #1 delivers kick-ass scenes and a punchy lead character. Kate’s character reminds me of a cross between Buffy Summers and Cassie Hack. Which positions the character among the elite of monster hunters. While Visaggio throws readers into the action this issue, she leaves a breadcrumb trail of clues pointing towards a more complex storyline. Prepare yourselves, I anticipate a wild ride.
The Bottom Line
Packed with monsters and killer comedy, Calamity Kate #1 is a smashing success! Magdalene Visaggio’s narrative is gritty, yet comical, and utterly fierce. This series is not to be missed!