Punk Mambo #2
"Spirited away" by the big time Loa, Punk Mambo is begrudgingly tasked with finding out who is kidnapping powerful magic entities. The Loa slap her with a sidekick of sorts a Voodoo priest named Josef, who has no love for her cynicism and snark. The pair begin the hunt for a demon named Uncle Gunnysack (he's way more creepy and formidable than the lame name implies) and go right from the frying pan waist deep into the fire.
Cullen Bunn delivers again, the pace of this issue is a tad slower but definitely does the legwork to set the stage for all kinds of crazy. Interestingly, where he originally depicted her as almost humble, Punk Mambo is full of braggadocio in this issue. The cool part though is how much sense it makes in her being confronted by a diehard believer and a pantheon of voodoo big wigs. She wouldn’t be so impressive if she was quick to bow before overzealous spirits. Cullen Bunn knows what’s up with her and is hitting it on all cylinders.
Adam Gorham is also bringing his A game, whether it’s Louisiana residents, masked goons or magical monsters his art is landing right where it needs to be. The tone and detail reminds me a lot of Lenil Francis Yu at his peak drawing New Avengers, basically the best era of outlaw Avengers ever put to artistic print. The action is fluid and well timed, another reminder that unlike many magical characters in comics, Punk Mambo has zero qualms with throwing hands when the situation calls for it.
Long story short, this creative team is right on the money page after page. Even the Brereton covers are perfect for this book. Subtle yet filled with angst and energy, preparing you for some weird, wild stuff inside the pages.
Punk Mambo is swiftly establishing itself as the magic based book of the summer. It gets to the point without rushing, it's indulgent without feeling bloated or pretentious. It's near perfect for an intro to what Punk Mambo is capable of for new readers and reminder to loyal fans alike.
Punk Mambo #2: Black Magick Woman
Writing - 8.5/108.5/10
Storyline - 8.5/108.5/10
Art - 8.5/108.5/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 9/109/10
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