Smooth Criminals #3 smoothly continues the 1999 storyline of Brenda and Mia, a criminal who has been transported forward in time from the 1960’s. It’s from BOOM comics, and is written by Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten Smith, illustrated by Leisha Riddel and coloured by Brittany Peer.

The basic situation is that Mia is a thief who needs to recover a jewel, which is about to be displayed to high society in a black tie formal exhibition. It’s one of the Treasures of India. In the midst of all this, Mia is reconnecting with people from her ‘past’, which is a weird thing. It’s weird because she has just reappeared 30 years later in time, without aging a day! Trippy and Groovy!

There are some fun ‘nerd’ moments in the story, as Brenda must dress for a formal occasion for the first time. What to wear? What to say?

The story progresses nicely throughout, with some revealing ‘ah ha’ moments. The art is enjoyable too. Riddel draws the characters and situations in a smooth style, with good expressions and a keen eye for catching dramatic moments. I am also really impressed with Peer’s colouring!

BOOM Box, Smooth Criminals #3, $3.99 for 24 pages of content. No age rating, assume Teen.

By Alan Spinney

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!!