Review – Mata Hari


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Radical Premiere Mata Hari CoverI didn’t know what to expect with this pseudo biography of the famous Mata Hari.  I know the name, but I’d imagine like many, know nothing of the famous femme fatale.

From Rich Wilkes (xXx), a look into the most notorious woman of her time, Mata Hari, debuting in a special $1.00 Radical Premiere, previewing the upcoming graphic novel.

What is the secret story behind femme fatale Mata Hari, the most famous female spy in the world? Through the account of a humble eighteen-year-old girl, discover the secrets of the famous heroine, her covert missions and the love that made her lose everything.

The short premiere of the graphic novel coming out next year we learn about this character who turns out was a spy and executed for espionage.  I called the comic a pseudo biography as much of the details of her espionage is sealed and some of the events are fabricated for the stories sake.  Rich Wilkes admits that in the comic, and I applaud him for it.

The comic is $1 and it definitely has me interested.  The story is fascinating, even more so because it’s (semi)true.  The writing is pretty good and the art also pleasing on the eyes.  Overall, for $1 how can you go wrong.

Plot: While this isn’t the entire graphic novel, there’s enough here to get me interested for when it does come out.  It seems like Wilkes is going to do a good job of mixing fact and fiction.  I like the format and overall this historical yarn seems like it’s a story I’m shocked hasn’t been told before.  Rating: 8.5

Art: Radical Publishing’s comics when it comes to art are hit or miss for me.  Here’s an example where it’s a hit Roy Allan Martinez does a great job here and the tone, colors, everything fits the story.  It’s top notch work.  Rating: 8.5

Overall: This is just a teaser and until I got the whole graphic novel in my hand it’s hard to judge it overall.  But from what I read, this is going to be great if the entire work is this quality.  For $1, it’s well worth the buy.  Overall rating: 8.5

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 24 pages    Price: $1.00    Release Date: 9/1/2010

Radical Publishing provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.