But don’t call her “Babe” unless you’re looking for a face full of baseball bat!
I wasn’t a fan of Barb Wire coming into this book, Pamela Anderson’s depiction of a vapid hyper-sexualized heroine was stuck in my consciousness. But as silly as it sounds I trust Dark Horse. They’ve handled strong women very well in the past (the Buffy franchise, Emily and The Strangers, Alabaster’s Dancy Flammarion) maintaining and in some cases creating very balanced and nuanced female characters. Still I feared Barb would be a scantily clad, way too busty girl in leather brandishing a giant pistol. Instead what we get is an intelligent, badass bounty hunter, who happens to be gorgeous. She is a fully realized character, with a personality and a full range of emotions. And to top it off though she’s tough as nails she isn’t super-human. Just like real bounty hunters she has people there to assist, not that they always have her back at the right time of course.
The plot is fairly straight forward, Steel Harbor is being re-gentrified and Barb’s landlord is going to sell the building that houses her bar “Hammerhead’s.” What’s a kick-ass bounty hunter to do? Take on the craziest most suicidal bounty around to make enough cash to save her place!
Chris Warner gives us a strong script with a balanced intelligent heroine, and Patrick Olliffe, Tom Nguyen and Gabe Eltaeb give us a gorgeous realistic kick-ass Barb Wire to enjoy! This is a fast paced tightly written book with slick art, this is how Barb Wire should have always been done! 4 out of 5 stars!
Barb Wire hits stands and shops July 1st, call your local comic shop and make sure they save you one!
Barb Wire #1
Writer: Chris Warner
Penciller: Patrick Olliffe
Inker: Tom Nguyen
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Cover Artist: Adam Hughes
Genre: Superhero, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: July 01, 2015
Format: FC, 32 pages; Ongoing
UPC: 7 61568 25865 3 00111