Comic Review: Assassinistas #4 (IDW)

What is drawn by Gilbert Hernandez, and written by Tini Howard, and resembles a Charlie’s Angels episode gone haywire? Why, it’s ASSASSINISTAS, by Black Crown, the edgy imprint of IDW […]

What is drawn by Gilbert Hernandez, and written by Tini Howard, and resembles a Charlie’s Angels episode gone haywire?

Why, it’s ASSASSINISTAS, by Black Crown, the edgy imprint of IDW Publishing!

Issue 4, with the story title ” The Thing That Grew Inside Me”, starts with the synopsis, summarized here: the toddler Kyler has been eating candy and frustrating his kidnappers. There’s a rescue mission underway. Beyond that, it’s a continually shifting story: then and now. What happened back in the day of the Assassinistas, the ‘all-girl assassination team’, and now, with the team split asunder, mixed with lots of family drama.

Young fellas Taylor and Dominic, new at being assassins, are bumbling their way into the game, one misfire at a time. Will they be ‘deployed’ for real? Will their love for each other survive this foray into ‘the forces’?

There’s only so much arguing that a comic story can contain before readers like me will lose interest. Gilbert Hernandez’s thin line drawing style plays well into this tale of former associates now at each other’s throats. His cartoony art allows the over-the-top drama to freely flourish, and be a source of amusement rather than annoyance. It actually enhances some situations more than a realistic art style might, and adds a lightness that balances out some of the histrionics of the gals and pals.

Some surprise twists and character growth in this, the fourth issue bode well for the success of this series. Check it out!

IDW Publishing, Black Crown imprint: Assassinistas #4 $3.99 for 22 pages of content Rated M for Mature

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!