Comic review by Paul Fiander
Writer: Kurtis Wiebe
Artist: Mindy Lee
Colorist: Leonardo Olea
Cover Artist: Mindy Lee
Published by Dark Horse Comics
With Rat Queens on a hiatus many were wondering what writer Kurtis J Wiebe would turn his hand to next. Our answer is a futuristic story about a pair of Bounty Hunters who happen to be sisters. This in itself is a nice idea however once you get into the meat of the story the promise of Bounty starts to offer so much more.
Our story starts in the past as the Universe's top two bounty hunters are taken down by a rather large force. They apparently give as good as they got but we only know this through dialogue as we join them on the transport ship to prison. The conversation we join shows all the quick wit you expect from a Wiebe project, however it’s the interplay and relationship between the sisters that is the best part. Through the events you get to know what these sisters feel for each other and this helps set the tone for the rest of the issue (and more than likely the series, I hope).
After a series of unfortunate events we fast forward in time to rejoin Nina and Georgie as they fight to regain their coveted position as the best Robin Hood’s of the universe. Their transition from top of the tree to something more akin to what is used to fertilise is explained in a entertaining way. I did not find a problem in the change of circumstances it allowed us to come into a story to meet our central players, allowing the future story an opportunity to step away from some of the exposition it would need.
On the art side Mindy Lee along with colourist Leonardo Olea create an absolute storm in their work. The colours are bright and bold and when mixed with Lee’s thick lines the images literally pop off of the page. This is in your face art that perfectly matches the characters within the book. There is one underwater section that is the toast of the issue. With panels filled with fish and bubbles you get the sense of movement along with the lack of space the character has to endure.
The first issue of Bounty is an introduction to the world of the Gadfile’s, It’s bold and brash and the creators embrace this with a verve that is hard to ignore. We will have to see where the story goes but the breadcrumbs that Wiebe drops mean the future looks colourful for Nina and Georgie if nothing else.
Beware images are not the first six pages so mild SPOILERS! but SPOILERS nonetheless.