If at first you don’t succeed… (Assassin Nation #4 Comic Review)

Co-Created & Written by: Kyle Starks

Co-Created, Cover, & Art by: Erica Henderson

Letters by: Deron Bennett

Edited by: Jon Moisan

Logo Design by: Andres Juarez

Production Design by: Carina Taylor

“It happened again.”

In This Issue: Welp, it turns out it wasn’t “the moley little weirdo”, Echidna, and the Merda Morras who were trying to kill Rankin. The next logical target is the Huynhs, the most powerful gang in the city, and the team are going to go after them sans Chad Fingerman, who Bishop thinks killed his husband.

They storm the Huynh gang stronghold, and after one slightly awkward and embarrassing incident involving the ‘Close Door’ button on the elevator, make quick work of Huynh’s Katana Kids and get straight to the head man himself. Huynh informs them that just like Echidna, he has not, in fact, been the mastermind behind the hits on Rankin, “A man so petty he wouldn’t lift a finger to help his mother.” While Huynh is chastising Bishop for being such a fool and not thinking about who might be the one to benefit most from this whole ordeal, Smoke notices a figure on the roof of the building opposite the one they’re in—Fingerman.

Huynh takes one through the ol’ brainbox, and everyone dives for cover. Bishop berates himself for not seeing the setup beforehand—Rankin called the hits on himself, and it was likely that Fingerman was pulling the trigger the whole time. Rankin wants them all dead.

They decide to go ask why.

My Two Cents: Issue #4 of Assassin Nation plays the ‘he called in the hits on himself’ card. While we can’t exactly say we didn’t see it coming, it’s going to be interesting to see how it plays out. Eliminating his competition is one thing Rankin was aiming to accomplish with this stunt, sure, but why the annihilation of the best assassins in the world? What, exactly, is that meant to achieve? We’ll have to wait and see. In typical fashion, the art and the language in this issue are equally colorful, and the plot is engaging. There are plenty of highly comical moments and fantastic artistic details which we have come to expect from the Assassin Nation team, and I’m sure this will continue going into the arc finale next month.

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Elizabeth Fazzio
South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org
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Summary
Assassin Nation is twelve kinds of ridiculous in the best possible way. I'm digging the love-fest between Fuck and Dave—there are several moments in this issue that made me snort-laugh because they were so unexpected and fantastically absurd. (I think my favorite this time around is when Dave uses the 'Close Door' button on the elevator in the Huynh building while Huynh himself is mid-monologue because Dave “wasn't ready yet.”) The details of this book are a big part of what makes it so fun to read. When the gang has figured out that Rankin pulled a fast one on them and Fingerman is shooting at them from the top of the building opposite, the bullet holes spell out “Fuck you assholes”. There's also a wonderful self-referential moment after Dave spouts off a pile of expository information for Fuck (and the benefit of the readers) which manages to stop itself just shy of being a fourth-wall break. Personally, I'm looking forward to these shenanigans continuing next month.
Good
  • Quirky artistic details
  • Extras within the book
  • Art and story blend seamlessly
  • Story elements are balanced
Bad
  • Story is a bit predictable
8.3
Great
Art - 9
Story - 8
Writing - 9
Predictability - 7
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South Bay native turned East Bay resident. Holder of two less-than-useful arts degrees. Human Resources professional by day, creative recluse the rest of the time. Favorite words: Weasel, toast. Mental health advocate--https://makeitok.org

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