Scarlett Johansson is one of those actors whose very presence onscreen is both polarizing and enigmatic. Her movies early on were of the girl next door as was seen in The Man Who Wasn’t There and An American Rhapsody. Of course, as she grew older and appeared in more movies, her roles became more centered and eventually, the camera could not elude her gaze. Her real star turn for most came in the severely underrated Ghost World which showed teenage angst in its most realistic reflection.
Of course these days, she is more known for another classic iconic character, Black Widow, who was last seen in the Avenger films but will be in her own film. Movie fans will appreciate her more complicated roles like what she played in Jojo Rabbit. Then there are the somewhat convoluted but fun stories like Lucy, where she plays a drug mule, who turns on her bosses due to the illegal narcotic she smuggles. In the debut chapter of Noir Ceasar’s action-packed series, Allure- The Evening Primrose, we find another stoic protagonist whose circumstances are beyond her control until now.
We meet Akane Koizumi, a Yakuza assassin in Tokyo, who ponders about her future and gets a bit sentimental, wondering how she got to this point. As we find out that she is more than your typical assassin, learning a skill known as Allure, which makes her a Death bringer, an assassin whose eyes change to unleashed their heightened abilities which only a few have, and can get anyone out of any situation. Which the reader sees first hand on the job she is on in this issue, quickly taking out a pair of twin sister guards. By the issue’s end, her normal temperament reassumes her consciousness, as she looks to kill one of the guards, as her conscience barely holds her back up as weighs on the decision.
Overall, an engaging story that feels like it was birthed in the world of Kill Bill but with a much more intriguing protagonist. The story by Nathan Peters is fun and bloody. The art by Reb Pierre is awe-inspiring. Altogether, a tale which palpitates with a world the reader will want more of.
Story: Nathan “ Sinitus Tempo” Peters Art: Reb Pierre
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy