concludes its first limited series, The Legend, this week
with the release of issue 4. Who will come out on top Bonnie or the
Issue 4 moves at a lot quicker pace than issue 3.
With all the exposition and plot development of issue 3 out of the
way issue 4 comes down to one thing: slaying the Leviathan. Before
Bonnie can claim the prize Monet has a few tricks left up his
remaining sleeve and the Leviathan isnít going to go down easily.
Michael Mayne and Tyler Fluharty certainly know
how to finish off a series. Issue 4 of Bonnie Lass ups the
scale of the action giving us ships bombarding each other while
travelling through a whirlpool and then a desperate race to fell the
Leviathan before Bonnie and her crew crash into the coastline of a
mysterious island. Thereís such a grand feel to issue 4 that makes
it a fantastic way to finish this arc.
Mayne and Fluharty also bring back the humor in
issue 4. Issue 3 was a very serious affair as Monet had to be
established as a dangerous foe, but what I loved about Bonnie
Lass was the manga/anime style humor that was abundant in the
first two issues. That style of humor returns and is easily one of
the series strengths. Itís almost like Bonnie herself comes full
circle with the conclusion of the series. She was a lot more
easy-going in the first issue, but in the thrill of the adventure
she gradually became more serious and focused with the goal of
besting her father within her grasp. As the adventure ends Bonnie is
able to loosen up a bit and you realize there is some depth to her
character, these two sides. The dialogue also seemed incredibly
Pirate-like in this issue, more so than any of the other issues,
maybe that had something to do with the crew acting very Pirate-like
in their do or die battle with the Leviathan?
Probably the only complaint, over the series, is
that Ben and Trick were never really fleshed out as characters.
There were a few moments here and there but nothing substantial. The
focus was really Bonnie and because she has been such a strong
character, especially in this issue commanding her ship, there isnít
much time to think about anyone else. Hopefully, when the series
continues, Ben and Trick will be given a chance to shine.
By now if you donít know Bonnie Lass has
amazing art and coloring, well, what rock have you been living
under? There are some really intense action scenes, like the
Leviathan launching itself out of the water and crashing into a rock
face that are a joy to see. There is also a nice shift in the
characters body language from the intense fight scenes to the more
relaxed final few pages. Issue 4 also brings back the anime/manga
art style to help with the humor, something not everyone will like
but I personally enjoyed it with it largely being implemented at the
The best compliment I can give Mayne and Fluharty
is I want to read more of Bonnie Lass. I want to spend more
time with the characters and in the world theyíve created, and
judging by the conclusion of The Legend storyline Mayne and
Fluharty have further adventures planned. I for one cannot wait.