Sweet Paprika #2
Written by Mirka Andolfo
Art by Mirka Andolfo
Colors by Simon Tessuto
Letters by Fabio Amelia
The Rundown: Paprika’s past comes back to haunt her while Dill finds it hard to move forward with somebody.
Paprika finds herself sitting at the bed side of her ailing father with her mother by her side. When he continues to berate them both, her mother leaves with her new husband and family leaving Paprika to hear about her many faults from the angry man. Her anger swelling, Paprika thinks back on the man she almost married as she heads back to work. She arrives just in time to find Dill at the office doing what he does best, flirting with everyone around. At a meeting about a new project, Paprika’s boss decides that she will be the perfect person to impress his clients.
After stressing about the clients, Paprika’s day is further complicated by Dill making a move on her. After being rebuffed, Dill finds himself in another meaningless hook up while Paprika continues to lament the evening she is going to have with her co-workers. To make matters worse, one of the clients she’s meeting with shares a history with her. A past that will bring up old memories.
The Story: Andolfo crafts an entertaining and complicated story for these characters and it continues to be fascinating seeing both Paprika and Dill deal with their lives. I love the juxtaposition between these characters with Paprika dealing with her prudish attitude towards relationships and Dill dealing with his inability to find a meaningful one among the women he hooks up with. The story continues to be engaging. The humor is fun and irreverent and I am invested in this world, its characters and story.
The Art: Andolfo delivers some fantastic visuals throughout the issue. I continue to be impressed with the visual style of this story and the great exaggerated reactions of its characters.