Title: Calamity Kate #2
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Magdalene Visaggio
Art: Corin Howell
Colors: Valentina Pinto
Published: April 17, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: From the Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer of the breakout hit Kim & Kim and DC Comics’ Eternity Girl with Gerard Way and artist on IDW’s Ghostbusters and X-Files comes this modern day adventure of heroes and monsters. After the mysterious Javelin starts sniping Kate’s monster kills, Kate can’t seem to get her out of her head. As the one-sided rivalry continues, Kate can’t help but feel that there’s some connection between Javelin and her ex- wife Sandra, which is throwing her whole process into chaos.
Kate Strand continues her quest to be top monster hunter, but there’s another woman in town who threatens Strand’s goal. While Kate is off slaying, she’s wrecking havoc on her personal life. Also, monsters, lots of monsters.
Calamity Kate #2 packs a punch as Kate Strand struggles to find herself among all the monsters in the world. Magdalene Visaggio crafts a story that probes both the character and the world, searching for meaning among the chaos. Visaggio’s character Kate Strand continues to grow aggressively stubborn, but there’s an intensity to Kate’s character that you can’t help but be drawn to. As for the story, right now the monsters are front and center, but I sense a shift coming. Kate’s backstory has been largely untouched and there’s quite a bit of mystery surrounding Javelin’s character. Either way, I’m in it for the long hall, Visaggio’s writing is exciting and intriguing.
Howell’s art adds layers of details to Visaggio’s story. From the gory to the domestic, the artwork explores Kate’s world: a monster here, a skull there, and blood everywhere. But the Howell’s art also offers readers a peak into Kate’s personal struggle, detailing her rage and fiery personality, but there’s also a vulnerability revealed in Howell’s art that is barely hinted at in Visaggio’s script.
The Bottom Line
Calamity Kate #2 delivers all the attitude and action. Magdalene Visaggio and Corin Howell are a power team, crafting a helluva comic series that’s not to be missed.