Review: Bad Ass #3
Dead End has finally reached his namesake– there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, especially once the Black Snake gets on his trails. As a wealthy vigilante, the Black Snake feels that it’s his job to bring the deviously cunning Dead End to justice. But Dead End won’t go easy. After some shocking revelations into his origin story, it becomes clear that Dead End is no run of the mill villain– he is a tried and true psychopath with sharp wit in place of emotions.
The misadventures of the most unlikeable villain you can’t help but like continues this week in the pages of Bad Ass #3 (of 4). The story is written by Herik Hanna with translations by Fabrice Sapolsky and art by Bruno Bessadi. Gaetan Georges handles colors with Marshall Dillon providing lettering. The first two issues were a blast of irreverent fun, but how does the penultimate installment measure up?
Dead End killed the Green Dragon, defeated Amadeus Kitty, and stole a massive amount of diamonds. He completely humiliated the police force, and now he’s laying low. The only problem is that his big, explosive heist didn’t get the media attention he had hoped to get. On top of that, the dashing hero Black Snake is hot on his trail. The showdown is about to happen and there is still more backstory to learn about our dastardly protagonist. Will Dead End be able to outsmart Black Snake? Will he get the media attention he desires? What is the deal with his backstory?
Hanna writes another smart and witty story that sends up comic books in an entertaining way. This issue adds another layer to the narrative as we see more of Dead End’s high school days and how things may not be everything they seem. Something has felt odd about the story from the get go, but now we may have just gotten a hint or two about it. Bessadi’s art is incredibly clean with some sharp line work. It’s that fine line between being just cartoony enough and still being based in reality. Things get even stranger with the introduction of Black Snake. Georges’ colors help elevate the art and sell the various gags throughout the story. The art and colors really are in perfect step.
Bottom Line: This one is a little faster and a little more flashback heavy, but Bad Ass is still a really fun and funny story. With one issue left, it’s going to be interesting to see what the final twist is. 4/5
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