Synopsis: Kate Bishop hates the circus! Turns out that the Resort Chapiteau is being run by none other than the Circus of Crime as nothing more than a new and exciting way to part rich people from their money. Except the signet ring they stole from Susan unlocks her safe at Bishop Manor, which contains something way, way more dangerous than stacks of cash. Also, the resort is set to self-destruct, and the guests (and Susan and Lucky) are still inside. Worst. Vacation. Ever.
Having run into Fifi in the last issue. Kate Bishop now finds herself the prisoner of the gang’s leader, who Kate has nicknamed Madame Ringleader. However, it seems that Madame Ringleader has thought her plan through and has managed to hypnotize Kate’s sister Susan, which will allow her and the gang to make a getaway while Resort Chapiteau burns to the ground.
Left for dead. Kate must somehow escape and get all the hypnotized tourists of Resort Chapiteau to safety. But first, she needs to free her sister Susan and find Lucky the Dog.
Enid Balám continues to do some great work. The highlight of this issue is all the panels in which Kate is battling her way through hypnotized holidaymakers and fired in order to find her sister and Lucky. Furthermore, we get some fantastic examples of sequential art when we see Kate, Susan, and Lucky helping people to escape the burning inferno.
Another really enjoyable issue, which shows us why so many people fell in love with the character of Kate Bishop. I’ve really enjoyed the moments throughout all issues thus far where we have heard Kate’s internal dialogue. You can almost imagine it as narration in the Marvel TV series, which I hope we’ll get to see after the success of the Hawkeye TV series.