Jail Break! Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim #4 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Kim’s have been locked up in a space prison called Sirius Star. Naturally, Kim Quatro has already started a brawl in the cafeteria, and the prison goes on lockdown. The Kim and Kim plan an escape, and they get unexpected help in the form of a dog assassin named Watta Lachien who has a plan to escape the prison. Kim and Kim go along with him, but it won’t be an easy escape. Two prison gangs lie between our three escapees and the hangar, and that’s not even counting the prison guards.

Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim #1 cover by Phillip Sevy (#4 cover not currently available online)
Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim #1 cover by Phillip Sevy (#4 cover not currently available online)

Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim #4 brings our duo of heroes to prison where they have to ply their skills–or their willingness to fight–to escaping their stone cage.

As always, this issue of Kim & Kim is fast-paced, fast-talking, and delightfully crass and vulgar. Kim Quatro is always quick with a punch and a one-liner, and her partner is always left to try and keep things from getting suicidally chaotic.

Watta Lachien is a genuine dog assassin; he is a dog that can walk on two feet and kill with the best of them. He’s especially good with knives, and he’s adorable as hell.

There is a prison guard in this issue who turns into a surprisingly entertaining antagonist. She’s not just a grunt trying to get the job done; she’s more aware and ambitious than you would originally expect.

Eva Cabrera’s artwork continues to render the story excellently; it’s a cartoonish style with clear influences from anime and manga. The characters always have unique and eye-catching designs, and the aliens in the prison get especially creative. The prison gangs have hilariously creative costuming as well. Claudia Aguirre’s color work is vibrant and contrasts itself quite well, even if the prison setting has to hold back the almost-neon palette that a Kim & Kim issue usually contains.

Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim #4 is another exciting, funny, and endearing installment of the bounty hunting duo’s adventures. Magdalene Visaggio is a very talented writer, and Kim & Kim is still easily among her best work. This comic earns a recommendation. Give it a read.

Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim #4 comes to us from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, color artist Claudia Aguirre, letterer Zakk Saam, and cover artist Phillip Sevy.

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