Dark Horse Comics 2016
Written by Kurtis Wiebe
Illustrated by Mindy Lee
Coloured by Leonardo Oler
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
The Gadflies, a.k.a. sisters Nina and Georgie, were the most reviled anti-corporate
criminals in the galaxy—until a terrible betrayal forced them to destroy their identities and go off the grid. Now they’re bounty hunters, wanted criminals, and flat broke. But things are starting to look up: they’ve captured their latest target, a dangerous criminal named Oscar. And, for better or worse, they’ve captured the attention of Sovereign, the most popular bounty hunter in the galaxy!
It’s kind of funny that the book really centers around the girls wanting to be true to themselves and not being able to. Circumstances have forced them adopt new personas that have been compromised and now they have to face the consequences and decide who they are and who they really want to be. All of this is wrapped up in this extremely delightful tale and fun interior artwork. Who says you can’t be both entertaining, deep and educational at the same time?
Kurtis’ ability to write such a complex, fun and interesting series really showcases his talent, creativity and the depth in which his mind works is a marvel to see. That really there is so much fun injected into the story that you don’t realise how deep the story goes makes it even more impressive to me. Maybe my own life and the people in influence how i’m seeing things here but life often imitates art and interpretation like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What Mindy and Leonardo do with the interiors with it’s bright flashy colours and the action sequences really do wonders in making everything pop off the page. Again they bring this sense of fun and whimsy into the story in-between these moments of introspection that really keep the senses thrilled. Plus the flow of the story through the pages and panels through angles and perspective are extremely well done.
This is fun, it comes across as this lighthearted fare that is on the surface is bright and silly and underneath well that’s a whole nother story. Still this is what comics should be all about getting a story that infuses so much that’s open to be seen by the reader in different ways, some take the surface and run with, others see the more subtle nuances and then finally others still see them both and revel in the way it’s all brought to life.
It’s definitely a good time to be had by all here. There’s a lot for everyone to get caught up in and then to see ultimately where Kurtis takes us and the girls is anyone’s guess. But hopefully by the end they’ll finally be happy or at least happier than they are with the life they are currently leading.