Punk Mambo #2
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art: Adam Gorham & José Villarrubia
Punk Mambo is a British girl who doesn’t age. She’s also a voodoo priestess. She’s currently looking for her pet spirit who got taken away from her in a weird way. Also, there are spirit snakes in this comic.
In this second issue, Mambo is still in Haiti trying to understand how her pet Loa, Ayesan, was taken from her when the Voodoo Gods contact and summon her for a mission. Turns out there’s another Loa, Uncle Gunnysack, who is abducting other entities in service of an unknown master. It is up to Punk Mambo, the spirit of Marie Laveau and the gods’ Houngan, Josef, to do what even the gods are afraid of doing and find Uncle Gunnysack to get to his master.
Cullen Bunn’s storytelling is ideal in this comic. In both issues we’ve had so far he was able to fit in just the right amount of story progression among exciting action scenes and amazing character exploration of Punk Mambo. In the first issue, there is a little exposition in the protagonist’s thought boxes but in this one there is no such thing. The dialogues are fluid, natural and impressively consistent to what we learned of Punk Mambo’s character. She’s, essentially, John Constantine with his cockiness turned to one thousand. The main difference between John and the first character in years to achieve his level of charisma in a magical story is that the Mambo actually stands up for her unmeasured words and leaps into action whenever needed.
Adam Gorham’s work is mesmerizing. The first issue was already a treat to the eyes but this one opens with the six voodoo gods standing above Mambo. Each of their designs instantly memorable for being all quite different from one another and yet harmonizing on the same page naturally. The art team also succeeds beautifully in the representation of magic. Choosing different colored ‘filters’ over the pages which show an illusion while also going for simpler portrayals such as Mambo’s glowing eyes and light spear. Each of those makes for a gorgeous panel as well as establishing how the magic system works in this comic book.
Punk Mambo is a classic if I’ve ever read one. The storytelling flows organically and is complemented perfectly with the artwork. I look forward to every issue to find out more about Victoria’s past and about this wonderful world the creative team is composing.
Punk Mambo #2
Punk Mambo is a classic if I've ever read one. The storytelling flows organically and is complemented perfectly with the artwork. I look forward to every issue to find out more about Victoria's past and about this wonderful world the creative team is composing.