Kara O'Connor

Comic Review – Butterfly #1

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Boom Studios introduces a new four-issue spy comic series starring a mysterious woman known only as Butterfly.


Publisher: Boom Studios
Writers: Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Release Date: September 24, 2014

What’s your take on Butterfly #1? Order a copy today.

Butterfly, known as Becky in her CIA days, now works for something called “The Project” where agents bear no names whatsoever. Created by screenwriter Arash Amel and written by Marguerite Bennett, Butterfly’s story begins with a memory of her father who was later killed in a Somali dessert, but the problem is Butterfly can’t remember if this memory is even real. Sent on a mission to acquire a phone from her target, the assignment is botched when her objective is poisoned right in front of her. After two of Butterfly’s contacts go M.I.A., she is forced to call a third phone number, one which she has never had to use until now. The message on the other end simply states a vague code word, “Nightingale,” along with a set of coordinates. So begins her mysterious trail to figure out exactly what is going on and why.

Butterfly’s story lagged a bit in a few places, but I enjoyed the lack of over-exposition sometimes found in first issues. The panels played out like a storyboard describing a well thought out screenplay. For example, Butterfly conducts an exchange in which she acquires a baby carriage for a disguise. As we view the swap take place, we only see one word – “Handoff.” The build and surprises that occurred throughout the narrative were also well executed, and this introductory issue felt as though it were one complete piece that wouldn’t necessarily need three other parts. Sadly, Antonio Fuso’s art is plain and understated. He appears to be afraid to venture outside the norm to create something truly unique, although the basic the art is well conducted and I was never confused as to which character I was following.

Overall, Butterfly was an enjoyable first issue with memorable moments that will ultimately satisfy fans of the spy genre. Use your wits and creep over to your local shop for issue one of Butterfly.

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