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Review Time: Wynonna Earp #1

Wynonna Earp #1 introduces us to the US Marshals Black Badge Division, a team whose job it is to stop paranormal fugitives. The comic has an almost Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the Old West feeling, with a tough female character who isn’t afraid of a little bit of danger.

Wynonna is one of the Black Badge Marshals. She isn’t shy around the paranormal creatures and doesn’t hesitate when it comes to taking out her targets. 

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Her mission is to find Mars Del Rey, leader of the Chupacabra Cartel who specialized in harvesting human body parts, organs and especially brains to sell to others on the black market. Starting with his second in command, Debbie Donner, Wynonna is sent out by her boss Agent Dolls who learned of her location from a source he is not sure if he should trust.

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When Wynonna finds Debbie Donner, she is forced to fight her way out of a sticky situation, but instead of being afraid as one might expect when facing a “Chubacannibal” she is calm and effective.

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She is not the typical spandex-clad heroine, she is rough, aggressive and almost nonchalant about having to fight these monsters.

After defeating the gang of beasts, the source that brought them there brings them information on the whereabouts of the man himself, Mars Del Rey.

 

The Good: 

  • Moved fast, introduced the character and the tone extremely well in the first few panels.
  • Interesting character, tough women are always a favorite. Those who enjoyed Marvel’s Jessica Jones would likely also like Wynonna Earp.
  • Compelling premise, a cowboy-paranormal mash-up is different and fresh – One I didn’t think I would enjoy as much as I did.
  • Hints at the character development/back story, leaves me wondering about her journey to becoming who she is today. Screen Shot 2016 02 23 at 10

The Bad:

  • It ended too fast, I wish it was longer. Really enjoyed it.

The Art:

  • It managed to be brutal, graphic and still compelling. Lora Innes and Jay Fotos managed to create images that captured the feeling of the words with gruesome detail. Again, the lack of spandex/super tight hero outfit is relatable for women, with her outfit looking as though it is built to work.
  • The little details used to make it more western enhance the story, whether its a fringed jacket or some old-west style weapons, it all works together to build the world where Wynonna exists.
  • My favourite panel by far: Calling out an electoral candidate “Donald”, using the villains services to harvest brains. Hilarious.Screen Shot 2016 02 23 at 10
Wynonna Earp #1 introduces us to the US Marshals Black Badge Division, a team whose job it is to stop paranormal fugitives. The comic has an almost Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets the Old West feeling, with a tough female character who isn't afraid of a little bit of danger. Wynonna is one of the Black Badge Marshals. She isn't shy around the paranormal creatures and doesn't hesitate when it comes to taking out her targets.  Her mission is to find Mars Del Rey, leader of the Chupacabra Cartel who specialized in harvesting human body parts, organs and especially brains…

Overall

9.5 out of 10

9.5 out of 10

Enjoyed this book immensely, with a strong female character and an interesting premise, I found myself sad when it was over. I look forward to reading more!

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