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BONNIE LASS #4
 
 

Review Information

Reviewer: Troy Mayes
Review Date: April 2011

Comic Information

Publisher: Red 5

9.0

out of 10

 

Bonnie Lass concludes its first limited series, The Legend, this week with the release of issue 4. Who will come out on top Bonnie or the evil Monet? 

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 right time.  

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.    






 
 



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