The fun part of this era of Hit-Girl is the rotation of creative teams and the latest location on Mindy’s world tour. For this four-issue arc, Mindy travels to Mumbai. Unlike some of her other missions, Mindy travels to India without a purpose and is just heading out to see what trouble awaits.
It’s an interesting premise from writer Peter Milligan, whose Mindy sounds more mature and thoughtful than other takes on the character. I’m not sure it’s the best spin though as part of Mindy’s…charm is her rash, almost immature mindset as she goes from one target to the next. Milligan’s Hit-Girl is a little too calculating, actually has manners and cares about offending people other cultures. That doesn’t ring true for Mindy at all.
Upon arriving, she learns of a businessman called The Beggarman, who maims children and sends them back on the street to fetch a better profit. That’s the main arc of the story, but Milligan spends a significant time on the third gender recognized in Indian subculture, the hijra – enuchs, intersex and trans people that excel at song and dance. Eventually these worlds collide as Mindy helps some hijra from a gang.
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Alison Sampson’s art was a good fit for the dark, atmospheric Winnebago Graveyard, but it doesn’t work as well for a more fast-paced action title like Hit-Girl. The action sequences lack a convincing flow of movement and the characters aren’t posed all that convincingly. The real highlight of the artwork is the colors from Triona Farrell, who makes this backdrop full of character and luxurious from the sun-drenched cityscape to the lavish palaces. The colors look amazing.
As a kick-off to this new arc, this wasn’t the most compelling debut, but Milligan does present Hit-Girl with a loathsome villain, which isn’t always easy in this title. Hopefully over the next few issues, Milligan can find Mindy’s voice and Sampson gets a better handle on the action sequences.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Photo Credit: Image Comics