Comic Review: Shanghai Red #4 (Image)

Image brings us the newest issue of Shanghai Red. Issue 4 advances the story of Red, who was kidnapped and put to work on a ship to China, way back […]

Image brings us the newest issue of Shanghai Red. Issue 4 advances the story of Red, who was kidnapped and put to work on a ship to China, way back in the day.

Red, female, dressed as a male to survive the ordeal. But she has now returned home after several years, located her sister, and is raising hell in her quest for revenge.

Once again, the story takes place in Portland, joining the comic books Scarlet and Man-Eaters in sharing the locale. Portland, the new hub of comics.

Anyway, Shanghai Red issue 4 continues along the path of murder and mayhem, filling in some backstory blanks as it goes along. It’s rough, it’s tumbling along under the streets of Portland. The secrets are being peeled back. The power lines are being clarified, but it’s a knock-down, dragged-down scurrilous tale of woe, to be sure.

Joshua Hixson brings us the visuals to match with Christopher Sebela’s script. Picture Joe Kubert’s illustration style with rough edges, kinetic battles and toppling figures, and you have some idea of the power of the story here.

Not for the faint of heart, Shanghai Red is like Billy Jack or Death Wish; you want the bad guys to get it!

Image Comics, Shanghai Red #4, $3.99 for 32 pages of content. Teen +

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!!