Bomb Queen: Gang Bang – Jimmie Robinson

Bomb Queen Gang BangThis is a collection of the four Bomb Queen one-shots making it both convenient and handy.

In my opinion crossovers are at worst a cynical cash-in and at best a bad idea. There are a reasons why characters appear in separate books and separate universes. Never the twain shall meet.

Having said that, so many of the Image/ Shadowline characters intrude into the regular Bomb Queen book you are unfortunately getting used to it. There are four stories and the two written and drawn by Robinson are certainly the best culminating in an appearance by Sarah Palin and the Queen of England. Both of whom get off lightly considering Robinson’s wrecking ball wit.

Bomb Queen is more the Deus ex Machina or plot stick that drives the other characters, operating off-stage for most of the book. The hack/ slash crossover has the most new characters and does a great job or introducing you to the inhabitants and feel of that particular title. Everyone else you have seen before.

Robinson draws the two stories he writes and he is certainly on top form. The Blacklight story has a similar style but with less detail and fine-line work. The “All Girl Comics” doesn’t try and ape the established look and so unfortunately fails. BQ is a rich, crisp and exquisite experience. A true visual feast. Rendering that world in low-res, chunky black marker style really contrasts just how much effort and love goes into BQ and makes you appreciate Robinson’s passion and talent all the more.

There is a two page interview with Robinson, a work in progress gallery, and some promotional art for ComicCon. Most interesting are the fan commissions and the selection of characters he is asked to draw BQ with.

A Thumbs Up!

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