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Kelly Thompson & Leonardo Romero, Michael Walsh

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Page 45 Review by Stephen

"Five A.M. is my nightmare.
"It shouldn't even be a time."

This is a truth, for which I apologise to all our loyal postmen and postwomen (in a trade rather than evolutionary sense) while truly appreciating all your pre-dawn delivery diligence. Too many of us take our Royal Mail maestros for granted, including myself until I typed both those sentences which have no bearing whatsoever on this comic.

It is a bright and beautiful thing. It is refreshingly free from clutter and it clatters on at a right old clop with all the attention span that you'd expect from a teenage narrator who won't be distracted from her singular mission by anything other than abs. Mmmm.... abs.

Kate Bishop is focussed. Kate Bishop can see what few others see. What she sees with her hawk-eyed, instantaneous intuition-vision is presented by Romero and Bellaire in shutter-speed, potential purple targets which Thompson wittily designates as 'Innocent Bystander', a car's 'Poorly Covered Plate', 'Security Alarm', 'Smoke Detector', 'Glass Jaw' and 'More Hot Abs'.

In righting wrongs, master-archer Kate Bishop will take care of business meticulously, efficiently and without warning whilst wearing purple and counting abs.

I am not at all obsessed with abs.

Speaking of business, YOUNG AVENGERS' Kate Bishop is setting up shop as a private detective in California around Los Angeles' Venice Beach. Where there are lots of... pecs. She has no license, she has dubious investigative skills, but what she does have on her side is a certain chutzpah and the ability to improvise swiftly.

Although living up to her previous appearances in Fraction's and Aja's HAWKEYE would be an impossible act, this still kept me mightily amused to start to finish. That series remains the only superhero comic which Page 45 has ever allowed into our window, largely because it wasn't really a superhero comic but - in its true, theatrical sense - a comedy of manners so contemporarily designed by Aja.

This is equally contemporary, dealing as it does with the scum who harass women online, for more of which I would refer you to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE VOL 3. The art by Romero and coloured by Bellaire is a mischievous dream which is ever so light on extraneous clutter and ever so sharp on sequential-art subtlety which is perfectly apposite for a clue-based drama. I cannot believe it would be intentional but in one panel I even got whiffs of Jack Kirby romance comics (ask me).

Here's a good joke. Kate Bishop walks into a bank.

"Excuse me, I'm here to make a deposit. Do you accept... sass?"

We do indeed. This sort of sass is acceptable.

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