Title: Butterfly #1 (of 4)
Story by: Arash Amel
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colorist: Adam Guzowski
Letterer: Steve Wands
Release Date: 09/24
Reviewed by: David Melton
Rebecca “Butterfly” Faulkner was a C.I.A. operative that now works for “The Project”: she is a trained assassin and spy that is used to getting in and out without being seen. Her father trained her at a young age and unfortunately died far before his time. She has no friends, no family, no ties to the world other than doing her job. When a mission goes wrong (or right if she was being set up), Rebecca has three numbers she can call to get her out of harm’s way. Unfortunately, two of those numbers are mysteriously disconnected, and the last is one that will lead her on a journey that promises to make her question everything she thought was real. A fast-paced, smart, action-packed thriller, Butterfly takes the well known spy genre and gives us something entirely new.
Bennett makes this character fallible which also makes her relatable. Yes, she is a professional, but that doesn’t mean she can’t make a mistake or even find herself in a sticky situation. Rebecca is a strong character and Bennett shows her professional side as well as her personal side and added a layer of depth that I found myself surprised by and excited for. At the same time, you’re not beaten over the head with information, trying to get you caught up on everything this character has done in her life. Instead you get snippets of dialogue mixed with moving panels that push the action forward while giving you enough of the story to get hooked.
Fuso’s artwork is perfect for this kind of story. Like the dialogue, the panels only give you the information you need. Instead of packing too much into each panel, Fuso gives us these detailed and gorgeous views into Butterfly’s world. For instance, her father is teaching her to shoot and one panel is just a bird mid flight, and the next panel is a silhouette of that bird exploding against a red backdrop. It’s an effective technique and causes you to stare at the pages as opposed to just looking at them to get the gist and moving on.
When reading the synopsis of this book, I was afraid I was going to get more of what has already been done with this genre, but Amel, Bennet and Fuso deliver a strong, fresh take on this story and I can’t wait to read more of this title.
Butterfly #1 Review “I can’t wait to read more ” CC: @ArashAmel @EvilMarguerite @Antonion_Fuso @Archaia
Title: Butterfly #1 (of 4) Story by: Arash Amel Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Antonio Fuso Colorist: …