Published: October, 2018
Written by: Jim Healis
Art by: Alé Garza, Jen Broomall, Marat Mychaels, Sorah Suhng, Mike DeBalfo
Spotted Jackal Writers, 24 Pages
I’ve been supporting a lot of indie comics on Indiegogo and Kickstarter over the past year. Some have been Comicsgate stuff and some have not. This one does fall under the Comicsgate banner, somewhat, and it is the third Comicsgate related project to reach my mailbox.
I was really excited to get this one in my hands, as I backed it when it was on Kickstarter, where it didn’t get funded. Once it moved to Indiegogo, which has been the best platform for Comicsgate creators, I backed it again and it got funded pretty quickly.
Now I don’t care whether this is Comicsgate or not, I liked the premise and the art is what most definitely lured me in. There is nothing wrong with admiring the ideal form in art and entertainment, even though a lot of people would try and force you to see things differently. This comic looked to go for the gusto and was unapologetic about it, which was refreshing in this day and age where the Big Two comic book companies are deliberately drawing women less sexy because of body diversity and that toxic male gaze or whatever.
Blue Mamba was really enjoyable if you are into femme fatales and the spy thriller genre. Our main character here is an assassin but also in a real world relationship where she has to keep her job secret. It’s all about the balancing act between her killer career, pun intended, and her killer girlfriend.
So yes, this is an LGBTQ+ story with lesbian characters that feel more organic and real than Marvel’s recent attempts at trying to write LGBTQ+ material. Cassandra feels more natural in having a relationship with a woman than most of what I see out there in the comic book medium.
Now, this does play things up a lot and gets really saucy in regards to its mature content but it doesn’t come off as classless or cheap parlor tricks to get horny dudes to fork out cash. Sure, sex most definitely does sell and this project knows that but there is more here than just tits, ass and naked lesbian tomfoolery.
This was a solid, well produced issue, which has me looking forward to the next chapter in the series. The art is incredible, the variant covers are all awesome and the story was straightforward, coherent and self-contained within the issue. In regards to the writing, the positives of this book are things that are surprisingly hard to find in modern comics from the Big Two: Marvel and DC.
Kudos to Jim Healis and his artists for making something really cool.
Pairs well with: other cool female assassin/spy comics and movies. Although, this one is most definitely for mature readers.