Review Karmen #2
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer and Artist: Guillem March
Letters: Cromatik, LTD.
Color Assistant: Tony Lopez
Review by: Kendra Hale
There have been many books that have looked not only into the human condition, but also into the sadness that humans feel. In Karmen #1 we met Catalina, also known as Cata, a young woman in love with her best friend who has let her sadness end her life. Her unconventional assigned angel, Karmen, shows up showing her the tricks and joys of the new world Cata finds herself in, and that continues into this issue as well.
Butterfly In The Sky
In Karmen #2, Cata is still enjoying the power of weightless flight. Only paused by one moment of small fear when it seems that a young man has seen her in all her naked glory as she floats above him and his mother. But a lot of realization is the name of this issue as Cata is drawn to a place that was once of happy thoughts and times between her and Xisco, while Karmen is off managing a plane that is suffering some loss.
As Catalina comes out of the memory though, she notices that Xisco really is in front of her and has some things to say that drive her over the edge of hurt and betrayal. Readers realize that Xisco has no idea of what is truly going on just yet, which adds to the suspense a bit. But a conversation between Karmen and Cata yields some unexpected results.
I mean, to put it bluntly, the whole book is a positive. From the details of the world of Karmen and the characters within, to the thoughtful writing of the story itself. The push and pull of just being, as well as how the sting of first love can hit are put on display. I had compared this book to shows like Dead Like Me after reading the first issue, and while there are some similarities, this series has captivated me all the same. This issue is a stunning example of art and writing that you don’t often see.
None at all.
This series is an enjoyable dream. The artwork is stunning and the characters charming. A raw look at the frailness of the human soul hosted by a quirky and smartly written protagonist.
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