Kim & Kim #1
Comic review by Paul Fiander
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Art by Eva Cabrera
Colored byClaudia Aguirre
Published by Black Mask Studios
When it comes to Galactic Bounty Hunters it’s hard to think of a more intriguing duo than Kim and Kim. from the outset of this first issue they are shown to be opposites in so many ways, however it’s their contrasting characters along with their common goals that make them feel rounded as characters even at this early stage.
So to backtrack just a little Black Mask as a publisher have been on a hot streak lately and it was with more than a passing interest that I decided to dive into Kim and Kim. I will freely admit I have not really come across the creators Mags Visaggio and Eva Cabrera before and so this title was an unknown quantity for me. The main reason for diving in though was the preview images that I received. You can see these below and it’s easy to say that they are tonnes of fun. Cabrera along with colourist Claudia Aguirre have a great mix of in your face paneling along with more focused facial images. This is achieved without the use of a tonne of lines but each one that is their feels like it does its job perfectly.
Thankfully the artwork throughout the issue stays at a high level and the story matches it stride for stride. From capturing a bounty to moonlight discussions on top of a space going Campervan the peaks and troughs of the narrative help to maintain a brisk brace throughout. It is though the discussions the two have that really open their characters up as we find out at the surface level that the Kim’s are low of funds and desperate to catch a break. The real depth though comes from their discussions about their respectives histories. From past lovers to severe Daddy issues nothing is straightforward.
One of the major talking points about the issue is the tackling of LGBTQ issues within its narrative. In terms of content this is interesting to say the least and I hope as the series develops that the creative team further probe their characters. Not only that but as I said at the outset I love the chemistry they have already begun to display. The Kim’s are what a great duo should be supportive with a hint of cynicism and more than a dash of humour.
Although we have not fleshed out the universe the Kim’s inhabit, this is still a story that feels fully developed and for a first issue that is rather impressive. The charismatic leads mixed with a far out story and real world issues make this a great first read and hopefully an intriguing series.