Review: Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim #1

Summer time means that it’s time for more rad bounty hunter adventures featuring Kim Q and Kim D, and they have a new (Ongoing this time.) title from Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre. After the events of Kim and Kim: Love is A Battlefield, the Fighting Kims have gone corporate with all the requisite perks, including insurance, stable pay, and even a spaceship. However, they have cost their boss Kathleen a lot in collateral damage and have crazy high premiums on that insurance. In Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim #1, Kathleen gives the Kims a basic assignment to wear fancy dresses and watch legendary art thief, Xue Peng, while she steals a painting from Peng’s vault. But it’s never that easy, and by the time the final page rolls around, Kim Q and Kim D are on yet another wacky adventure: this time of the Belinda Carlisle variety.

Kim Q is the narrator of Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim, and Visaggio and Cabrera frame many of the scenes in the book from her POV while also planting the initial idea of the “Heaven Is A Place on Earth” job within a job heist into Peng’s head. However, before she starts fights with pool cues (Her trademark bass is sadly taking the issue off.) against guys with guns and cybernetic probability machines, Kim Q does get a splash of cold, hard reality.  Even though she’s in a stable bounty hunter position with an email address of all things, Kim Q still treats her life like she and Kim D are still on the van living from job to job and barely scraping by. In a kind of sad inset panel from Cabrera, Kathleen also draws attention to the bandages and bruises that Kim Q has gotten in her line of work that might not reflect best on her organization.

However, Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim isn’t all workplace performance reviews, and when the Fighting Kims reach the Planet Ballarat, the book is back to its looser flow with plenty of fighting, flirting, and scheming. Kim D is a little overwhelmed by the magnetic presence of Xue Peng, who definitely know she’s being tailed, and that Kim D is town for business, not pleasure. She’s like the person who goes to Vegas for the business trip part, not the high rolling and bad decisions part. Speaking of high rolling, Eva Cabrera choreographs one hell of a fight scene in the casino and  gives it a slick Casino Royale feel. It starts out with a sedate grid as Kim D starts to hash out the terms of their partnership with Xue Peng and then tilts and erupts into a shower of pinks and yellows from Claudia Aguirre as the action kicks in. It finally builds to a crescendo of a group brawl, and Xue Peng having instant chemistry with the Fighting Kims using her whip to restrain a guy, who uses a cybernetic probability machine to overtly cheat at cards.

My favorite sequence is this almost triptych of three panels of Kim Q, Kim D, and Xue Peng doing their things with a two handed pool cue beatdown, gun shot, and big time kick. Cabrera is really good at conveying motion in her panels, and Visaggio knows when to let the violence do the talking or throw in a pre or post ass kicking one liner. The big casino action scene also tells a lot about Kim Q’s character as she feels restrained by going corporate and wants to cut loose sometimes and beat up some guys while wearing a fancy dress and plan a score without a real plan. This whole responsibility thing is lost on her, but sometimes pop music recordings and personal revenge are a little more fun. However, Visaggio doesn’t introduce the whole personal angle to the heist until the last page, and it definitely complicates what was already an increasingly complex babysitting job.

Even though they’re technically corporate, Kim Q and Kim D still have big personalities and get into bigger scraps in the super fun ode to arrested development that is Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim #1. The classy casino setting allows Eva Cabrera and Claudia Aguirre to make some wonderful fashion choices in the midst of the carnage while Magdalene Visaggio introduces the Fighting Kims to a new character that might be a little much for even them. Xiu Peng has instant chemistry with our two leads, and I look forward to this power trio’s insurance premium increasing crimes and misdemeanors.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Eva Cabrera
Colors: Claudia Aguirre Letters: Zakk Saam

Story: 8.7 Art: 9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

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