Story by Al Ewing and Art by Eman Casallos
An opening pedophilia scene starts this comic off with a bang and holy shit, am I glad I listened to instinct and pulled this off the shelf. Leather clad Varla is on assignment from an unnamed Senator but instead of making a murder seem like a death by natural causes, Varla slices her prey in half with her handy samurai sword. As Varla clues in the Senator of her completed work, the Senator’s daughter hears half of the conversation and bemoans her family’s dysfunctional nature to a friend who is disappointed her lack of funds won’t allow for her to have her own father murdered. The scene switches to Varla and two friends, discussing the fee (labeled cheap by one) and how things have changed since an event at a place called Kennebunkport. As one of the friends whines about her stationary new position (guarding someone’s adopted daughter), Varla receives a text from the Senator’s daughter wanting to talk. As she makes her way to the diner where they’re to meet, she rids herself of an annoying hobo chiding her for lack of motorcycle helmet. Kelly, the daughter, informs Varla that she’d like to do what she does: kill people for money. Varla hesitates momentarily, puts out her cigarette in the diner manager’s eye and bids Kelly to follow. As she lays down the rules to be an assassin, Kelly comes across her dad’s carcass in a freezer, ending the comic on a vomitous note. Ewing does amazing by keeping the story brisk and to the point and it’s a really enticing read.
Eman Casallos is an artist I’m not familiar with (something you’ll notice about me as I branch out into indie comics) but I like how he draws the ladies, particularly Varla. She’s sexy without being completely overdone in the breast area and she doesn’t have any spine breaking poses. The gore is a little toned down, but after Luther Strode, it’ll be hard coming across a phenomenal comic that is it’s equal….however, I have a good feeling about The Ninjettes.
Give this one a try.