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Review: Patsy Walker: Hellcat, Agent of the Initiative 1

by Matthew Price Published: June 30, 2008

Some say Spider-Man has a convoluted history, what with the clones and the deals with Mephisto. Others think the Legion of Superheroes, which seems to get rebooted weekly, is confusing.

But if you want your mind twisted, try on Hellcat for size. Patsy Walker was a female Archie before she was imaginary, before she was married and became a superhero, before she got divorced and married Satan’s kid, before she went insane and killed herself, before she was a gladiator in Hell, before she was brought back to life, before she joined the Initiative as an instructor.

And now? Now she’s in her own book, a pretty light-hearted (if a touch too streamlined) story about Patsy Walker as Alaska’s sole superhero.

Fans of an only semi-jerky Tony Stark will enjoy a bit of back-and-forth in this issue, though things move pretty fast and get a bit confusing once the action moves far north. Still, writer Kathryn Immonen crafts a fun little story. If this wasn’t a mini-series, I’d honestly be more interested in it. As it is, with four more issues to go, I worry that the slight tone won’t have time to build to something more engrossing.

I’d love more fun, light-hearted on-going series — the kind where you get the jokes and the whimsy up front with a building sense of menace and urgency. Hellcat, I fear, may not provide the payoff I require for the investment of time and money it will take to complete the story.

That said, if you’re looking for something a little different and by no means unpleasant, this here picture book might be right up your alley.

– Greg Elwell

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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