Synopsis: In this new mini-series that concentrates on Kate Bishop. Kate’s heading home! Or at least, back to New York. And as much as she wants to go back to where her friends – her chosen family – are, she’s changed since she was last on the East Coast. So she’s picked up a pit stop case first. A confidence-booster, to prove to herself she’s making the right decision and not going to backslide into her past just by changing time zones. Besides, the case is perfect: Swanky resort? Check. Jewel heist? Check. Almost definitely 100% a trap? Check.
To coincide with the new Disney Plus series. Marvel has gifted us this new mini-series focusing on Kate Bishop. Written by Marieke Nijkamp the story picks up with Kate doing a final job in Los Angeles before she heads up to the Hamptons in New York. We got dropped right into the action as Kate is dispatching some thugs while simultaneously keeping up with various friends and family via text messages.
We get some great insight from Kate about her superheroing ways, but we also get the additional anxiety about returning home to New York. We get a brilliant bit of inner dialogue where Kate says, “But the point is: Home is complicated. Explosions are easy.” This brief line of dialogue beautifully sets up for what is to come. Especially when Kate arrives for her case in the Hamptons where she learns that the invite came from her estranged sister.
Enid Balám does some great work on this first issue. I loved how the focus was shifting visually between the action beats and Kate’s text messages. I also really loved the page that gives us a birdseye view of the Hampton-style resort that Kate has been invited to. I also loved the final page where we get a glimpse of the villain who is watching Kate on some monitors.
A fairly strong start. The dialogue is fast and quippy, which is expected and appreciated. This opening chapter sets the story up well but doesn’t give too much away. There’s enough here to whet your appetite enough to hang in for the next issue.