Monday, December 26, 2016
author: Garth Ennis
average rating: 4.00
book published: 1997
read at: 2016/12/26
date added: 2016/12/26
'Bloody Mary' by Garth Ennis with art by Carlos Ezquerra is a reprint of 2 4-issue mini-series from 1996 and 1997. If you are a Garth Ennis fan, this is probably not the kind of thing you are looking for.
In an alternate future of 2012, things have gone pretty badly. Our heroine is Corporal "Bloody Mary" Malone. Her mouthy sidekick is a British guy nicknamed the Major. In the first series, they are sent out to retrieve a new weapon that could be used to create super soldiers. It will be a blast from the past since Mary will have to face off against one of her old teammates. Some of the over the top violent action takes place in Vatican City. Mary takes drastic action to stop her former team mate.
In the second series, a lunatic cult leader has taken over what used to be New York and his plan is to personally impregnate 144,000 women. Mary is sent in to stop him and brings along her friend the Major.
It's all hyper-violent and short on plot, to be honest. Ir reminds me a lot of the type of thing 2000 AD published once upon a time. Due to something Mary has done, she is virtually indestructible, so any number of violent things can happen to her and she comes back firing bullets and having no facial expression. While there is some back story, and we get some intriguing glimpses, she's just never made that interesting in the present. On the other hand, her sidekick the Major is a blustering, mouthy character who never shuts up, and continually spouts out stereotypical British-isms. If you are looking for a violent comic that is light on plot, then this is for you. If you are looking for the kind of thing that the name Garth Ennis might intrigue you in, this is probably not it.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Image Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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