Review: HIT GIRL Season 2 #9 Provides Beauty And Horror In Equal Measure

FIRST IMPRESSION

A visually stunning comic. It has a complex story that deals with difficult subjects, something which is reflected by the mature art style. Even if you are not a fan of the franchise, this is a comic worth reading.
Writing/Story
Pencils/Inks
Colors
Letters
- Advertisement -

Her tour of the world has brought Hit Girl to India this week in the first part of Peter Milligan’s run on the comic. With the additional talent of Alison Sampson, Triona Farrell, and Clem Robins, Image Comics hold nothing back as the young vigilante brings violence to India’s largest city, Mumbai.

Like a spirit of vengeance crossed with the A-Team, Hit Girl  prowls the streets looking for someone who needs her services. With Mumbai’s population being over nineteen million people, it isn’t long before she is engorged in violence but will the cultural differences cause her greater concern than she thought possible?

HIT GIRL Season 2 #9 Provides Beauty And Horror In Equal Measure
Hit Girl Season 2 #9 Alternative Cover Credit: Image Comics

Hit the Ground Running

Peter Milligan is no stranger to violence having worked for a number of years on stories for 2000AD. He is also known for crafting surreal mysteries and mind warping tales of wonder. This somehow makes him a perfect fit for a Hit Girl story set in the underworlds of India. His research into the culture is obvious and he uses the culture shock of the central character to explore some of the world of Mumbai.

- Advertisement -

Mindy McCready lands into Mumbai and quickly gets involved with a bizarre kidnapping and exploitation ring. In her attempts to get to the heart of the gang she is faced with blockages she has never encountered before. Meanwhile Milligan shows the reader the otherside of the coin, with the wealth and opulence behind the villainy.

This contrasting nature of Mumbai provides a perfect opportunity for the artwork to really shine; and with Alison Sampson on art duties, the visuals do just that. Sampson has a delicate touch with very fine inked lines. She picks up every detail possible, especially in the architecture, illustrating beautiful, and bountiful, sets for the action to take place in. The exquisite design work in the Indian buildings and decoration is brought to life in every panel. Mumbai becomes a fully immersive world for the reader to get lost in, just as Hit Girl herself does.

HIT GIRL Season 2 #9 Provides Beauty And Horror In Equal Measure
Hit Girl Season 2 #9 Credit: Image Comics

Details, Details

The plot has some disturbing elements and so does the artwork. Sampson is as competent at depicting violence as she is at building liveable spaces. There is something unnerving and raw about the violence on show in this issue of Hit Girl. Previous runs of Kick Ass, the more recognisable visuals, have been brutal but always in a comic book way. Sampson brings a disturbing realism to the work. This is enhanced by the realistic coloring style of Triona Farrell.

Farrell’s vibrate colors bring out the beauty of India and the culture but this style makes the violence more impactful. Within this bright, shining world, the slashes of a machete or even something as simple as a slap to the face, stand out. The pain the characters feel is evident and in the readers face. As the story continues, Mindy begins to feel as if she is out of her depth, lulled into a false sense of security, just as the reader is by the attractive and inviting colors from Farrell.

This discomfort and awkwardness is further enhanced by Sampson’s use of unconventional viewpoints. She wildly swings the point of view from a long shot to a close up and then to a ground shot, looking up at the deformed figure of a man, looming over the reader. Sampson used this style to great effect in her horror comic Winnebago Graveyard, and it works just as well here. Hit Girl‘s world is not a safe, comfortable place and that is reflected in the way that Sampson leads the reader through Milligan’s plot.

The lettering brings some much needed grounding to the comic. Clem Robins seemingly straightforward approach to the speech balloons and the captions help to steady the wilder aspects of the comic. However, if you look real close, even Robins is manipulating the reader’s impression of Hit Girl‘s world. Occasional bolding of text not only gives emphasis in a particular speech but also alludes to something larger within the plot. References to the Beggarman and the Mumbai Diary stand out on a page as if they have a great significance. 

HIT GIRL Season 2 #9 Provides Beauty And Horror In Equal Measure
Hit Girl Season 2 #9 Credit: Image Comics

Conclusion

This issue of Hit Girl is something special. It is obviously Hit Girl and draws likenesses from that world of storytelling but everything else about this comic feels new. The visual aesthetic and attention to cultural details gives the story some weight. The focus on the story is the cultural shock that Hit Girl experiences and this is portrayed through every strand of the comic. The creators invite the reader into this alluring world and then instantly make you feel uncomfortable. 

This is a step up in every way from the original source material that spawned Hit Girl. Milligan, Sampson, Farrell and Robins all share one thing in common; their attention to detail. Together this makes for a comic that is instantly re-readable and a pleasurable, visual experience.


Save 50% on graphic novels, statues & more!
Darryll Robson
Darryll Robsonhttp://www.comiccutdown.com
Comic book reader, reviewer and critic. Waiting patiently for the day they announce 'Doctor Who on The Planet of the Apes'.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

SPONSORS

If you want your BUSINESS to be part of something bigger than itself, you might be a good fit to partner with Monkeys Fighting Robots.

Review: HIT GIRL Season 2 #9 Provides Beauty And Horror In Equal Measure 4

CONTACT US

Review: HIT GIRL Season 2 #9 Provides Beauty And Horror In Equal Measure 5

Are you a creator looking for a review of your book?
Use the form below to end us a message.

Are you a fan of the website and have a comment, question, or concern? Drop us a line, and we will gladly answer all your questions.

JOIN THE TEAM

Monkeys Fighting Robots is looking for passionate writers to drive the site’s coverage of the comic book industry. Authors will be responsible for a particular niche, providing reviews, opinion and news coverage, while building a reader community using his or her multimedia storytelling skills. The best candidates have solid writing skills, WordPress knowledge, and are engaged on social media. Do you love comic books and have a strong opinion, then we would like to speak with you.

Review: HIT GIRL Season 2 #9 Provides Beauty And Horror In Equal Measure 6

MEET THE TEAM

COMIC REVIEW DIGEST, sign up today! At Monkeys Fighting Robots, we strive to talk about ALL aspects of a comic book, instead of just giving you a recap of the story.
  • Did you notice how epic the colors were?
  • That was a wicked panel layout by the artist!
  • What was the letterer thinking?
  • How did this comic book make you feel?
  • Most importantly, should you buy it?

Every Wednesday you will receive an email with our latest reviews and analyses, as well as our original comic strips and exclusive editorial content.
Thanks for signing up!