Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hey! It's a spy story!

Antony Johnston & Shari Chankhamma “Codename Baboushka, Volume 1: The Conclave of Death” (Image, 2016)

It’s actually sort of difficult to come up with much to say about this one.  It’s not that the book is BAD, it just feels really average.

The titular Baboushka is a Russian criminal who is blackmailed by the US into becoming a spy.  Or maybe something more secret than a spy.

The problem is that it feels like there are quite a few “strong female spy/assassin” books out there right now.  Off the top of my head I think of Velvet & Black Widow, both of which are executed at the highest level.  If you’re going to play in this genre you need to go big or go home.  Unfortunately, Baboushka just isn’t big enough.

Story and art are both fine, but fine just isn’t good enough.  I just didn’t feel like there was anything exceptional about this book.

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