‘Bullet Gal #3:’ Comic Book Review

She’s back: our favorite plucky superhero-in-training—who would probably shoot you in the face if she heard you call her “plucky.” Mitzi, a.k.a. Bullet Gal, is certainly not your typical superhero. She’s got a lot of demons to conquer, and a lot of anger to work through. Which, admittedly, does sound a bit like your typical superhero, but the difference is that Mitzi is still just a teenager—and also armed.

Bullet Gal is still raw and unpredictable. You know if you’ve read Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa that, eventually, she becomes an established and respected superhero, but she’s nowhere near there yet. The Bullet Gal comic takes us along on her journey and lets us see her evolution, step by step.

This issue sees Bullet Gal secretly tailing Lee, her mentor, to find out just who he is and what he’s up to, and discovering his secret in the process. In the meantime, Sol, the head of the Heropa underworld, is still trying to have Bullet Gal killed for what she keeps doing to his people. The job has been assigned to literal Femme Fatale Brigit, but some of Sol’s other underlings are getting antsy and want to finish the job themselves.

The issue also gives us a deeper glimpse into Mitzi’s character and what drives her—as well as just how clever and resourceful she can be. Additionally, it raises a number of questions about Lee’s character, particularly if you’ve read Heropa.

There’s plenty of action and plenty of fun in this comic. Bergen’s writing is always top notch, and his unique art style, which combines photomontage with digital manipulation, gives it a gritty, noir quality that matches the tone of the story. Bullet Gal is unlike any other comic you’re likely to read. If you’re looking for something a little different, and are into noir and superheroes, then you’ll want to check out this comic.

Bullet Gal #3, along with the rest of the Bullet Gal series, is available in both digital and print formats from If? Commix.

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