Writer and Artist: Jimmie Robinson
Publisher: Image Comics
Plot: In the crime-ridden metropolis of New Port City, the demented super-villain known as Bomb Queen rules with an iron fist. But when an upstart Mayoral candidate hires an out of town superhero to challenge her reign, it kick starts a series of events that not only threatens to destroy the entire city, but to bring down Bomb Queen once and for all.
Comments: It's refreshing to see that in today's world of uptight, political-correctness, there are still some people out there willing to churn out works of pure, over the top demented fun. Take Jimmie Robinson’s Bomb Queen for instance, a delightfully sick and twisted little comic that has enough nudity, explosions and senseless violence to satisfy even a sexually repressed NRA member. Bomb Queen isn't likely to win over parents, educators or individuals preaching moral decency. What it is however, is a fun-filled, over the top take on super-villains with a razor sharp dose of political satire thrown in for good measure.
The four-issue series focuses on the exploits of the scantily clad and titular (no pun intended) super-villain known only as Bomb Queen. Once a member of a group of elite super-villains, Bomb Queen has outlasted and defeated all contenders among the villain and hero community alike and established herself as the de facto ruler of New Port City. With the Police, City Hall and local businesses all in her pocket, Bomb Queen rules her empire as a sarcastic, crude, and mentally unstable villain with a penchant for incendiary explosives. Ironically, New Port's citizens are surprisingly happy with their despotic ruler. Indeed the city is thriving, thanks to Bomb Queen's implementation of random Crime Zones (an area where anything and everything is legal). As a result, the city’s population is free to do as it pleases with relatively little restriction. In essence, it’s a modern day Sodom and Gomorra with a dash of Las Vegas thrown in for good measure. In other words, it’s a hell of a place to spend a weekend but you probably wouldn't want to live there.
All is well in Bomb Queen’s carefully controlled world, until Mayoral candidate Robert Woods decides to thrown a wrench into her well oiled, if not overtly corrupt, administration. In an attempt to overthrow Bomb Queen and win the public to his cause, Woods hires Ace Justice, a superhero with a reputation as squeaky clean as his spandex underwear. In short time Ace has gained the adulation of the entire city (thanks in part to some clever spin-doctoring from Woods’ campaign). Issue #3 picks up with Bomb Queen going head to head with Ace Justice in an all out bare-knuckles brawl (all of which is of course caught on camera). Predictably, Ace gets his ass handed to him in the Bomb Queen’s usual fashion, but a media savvy Woods uses the opportunity to stir up dissent against the arch-villainess. With a large portion of the city now turned against her Bomb Queen does what any psychotic villainess armed to the teeth would do: she crashes one of Woods campaign fund-raisers and leaves a swath of smoking corpses in her wake. Unwilling to make a martyr of Woods however, Bomb Queen leaves the Mayoral hopeful relatively unscathed, but with a warning to stay out of her way in the future. With the cliff-hanger ending however, it’s revealed that Woods has plans of his own…
Bomb Queen #3 is really one of those comics that comes across as more than it seems. At first glance it appears as little more than an excuse to show some tits, blow a few people up and generally poke fun at super-villains. But there’s much more to it than that. Where Bomb Queen really excels is in artist-writer Jimmie Robinson’s skillful satire of contemporary American society and politics. With Swiftian accuracy, Robinson lampoons everything from municipal politics, to American’s propensity for sex, drugs and violence. Like the best satire, it examines the nature of our society and points out the sheer absurdity of it all. Best of all, Bomb Queen manages to squeeze a surprising amount of thought-provoking material into its pages once you look past the obvious (and entertaining) violence and obscenities. Some of Robinson’s finest moments are in the panels featuring New Port’s citizens reaction to Bomb Queen. It’s satirical and absurdist humor at its best. Even more impressive, Robinson manages to get his point across without being overly preachy and without ever losing the tongue-in-cheek tone fun of the book.
So while reviewers and casual readers may dismiss Bomb Queen as nothing more than a blood soaked orgy of sex and violence, wipe away the blood stains and splattered brains and you’ll find a comic that is as insightful as it is entertaining.
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