Calamity Kate #4
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Magdalene Visaggio
Art by Corin Howell
Colors by Valentina Pinto
Letters by Zakk Saam
The Rundown: It’s time for Kate to depart and head back to New York and while Vera is happy to get the monster skulls and blood out of her living room, she is sad to see her friend go. Vera’s little girl Jade takes it even harder and Kate decides to have a heart to heart with the little girl and leave her something special before she catches her ride and heads to the airport.
On the way, the biggest monster she has ever faced begins rampaging towards her. Kate grabs her sword and leaps into battle only to be confronted by her rival in a final knock down, drag out fight for supremacy.
The Story: For a series I’ve followed since the beginning I admit to being a little confused about the ending. Magdalene Visaggio takes Kate on a journey of self discovery throughout the series and everything leading up to the final battle seemed to be setting Kate up to learn a lesson about herself and the role she plays in her own unhappiness, but then it just seems to fizzle out with a pretty dramatic cut to the end of Kate’s story and an Epilogue about another character.
The story was entertaining and both the dialogue and narration were fantastic. I just felt the ending didn’t deliver on the promise of the rest of the series.
The Art: Corin Howell’s art is amazing. Everything looked incredibly detailed and both the action and character moments worked exceedingly well.