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Review: Kim and Kim #4

kimkim4coverKim and Kim #4 is unfortunately the final issue of this super fun series, but writer Mags Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, and colorist Claudia Aguirre go out on a note of bonkers B-movie science fiction, ultraviolence, and the millennial struggle. The plot is streamlined and mostly standalone even as Visaggio reveals the Big Bad of the whole series as Kim Q and Kim D try to get rent money by hunting down the infamous Internet scammer Merrill Frank, who sounds and looks like someone who drinks PBRs and makes an ass of himself on Twitter with Martin Shkreli. And along the way, there are fight scenes, quickfire banter, and a tiny bit of totally relatable sadness.

Kim and Kim #4 is a kaleidoscope of genres as some of the Kims’ dialogue could fit in with the world of Broad City while the climactic battle at the end could be a final boss battle in one of the Resident Evil games if Wesker was a Planet of the Apes castoff. It’s kind of refreshing to see a couple of planet trotting bounty hunters, who have real problems like making ends meet or trying to become self-sufficient from their parents. Eva Cabrera shows this tension as Kim D’s face goes from awkward while making small talk about her mom’s puppy to overcome with sadness as her mom tells her that maybe it’s time to quit the bounty hunter gig and find a “real job”.

It’s scenes like this, and the one where the Kims haggle with bounty contract writer Kathleen that possibly Kim and Kim #4 is a metaphor for the struggle of being a freelancer or creative whether in comics, pop culture writing, or any field where the rates are low and the bills are high. It’s just plain sad when the thing you love can’t help you eat and between the fun escapes and conversations with cool Internet cafe owners, there is this feeling of melancholy as Kim and Kim watch their bounty get away and unsuccesfully wrangle with the sherriff to get any kind of payment for Merrill or the genetically enhanced gorilla they just killed. And the last page is really just the worst as Claudia kimandkiminterior4Aguirre dials down her usually upbeat colors, and Eva Cabrera cools her energetic art to have the Kims just be with each other. And the hug on the last page truly embodies the friendship between the Kims that has been the core of this series as they’ve supported each other through interrogations, car chases, dark magic, and especially awkward conversations with parents.

Speaking of art and colors, Cabrera and Aguirre mount up one last time for a true battle royale in Kim and Kim #4 that is gross, sexy, and flat out fluid. Even though he’s a total jerk, Columbus’ ninja moves to take out the Frankenstein gorilla is a highlight moment as Aguirre highlights his pure speed with a simple black and yellow panel across the page. And Cabrera is a real pro at drawing hero poses as Kim Q rests with her guitar across her back showing that she doesn’t need her dad or anyone else’s help to fight her battles. The acerbic dialogue combined with the cool poses and moves make Kim and Kim #4 a real pleasure to read.

Kim and Kim #4 has all the wonderful elements that made this series fun, exciting, and hilarious from the great conversations between the Kims to the fast and furious action scenes, and most importantly, the relatable struggles and problems the characters have beneath the sci-fi strangeness. I will miss Mags Visaggio’s whip smart writing and adventurous plotting, Eva Cabrera’s character/creature designs and fight choreography, and Claudia Aguirre’s pinks and just Kim and Kim the comic in general.

 Story: Mags Visaggio Art: Eva Cabrera Colors: Claudia Aguirre
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review