An all new comic written by the amazing Gail Simone with art by Cat Staggs. I was able to talk to Gail before the release of this and she did give me a little teaser of what the story line would be. As Gail described this, it is a cross between Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas. But I have to say that upon reading this first issue I am super excited to see where this series goes.
What is this all about?
Fan-favorite creators GAIL SIMONE and CAT STAGGS make their stunning Image debut with this mind-bending new ongoing series! A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched to potentially deadly effect. It’s Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!
Gail nails it again here with her amazing storytelling. I always appreciate her descriptive style so that you really get a sense of characters and what is happening internally as well as the enjoying the story itself. I will admit that the art took some getting used to. It isn’t my favorite style but it fits this comic so well that I do enjoy it. Cat Staggs really has done an excellent job creating this edgy “hyper” realistic feel to the comic. It really lends to the feel of the story.
This first issue is definitely introductory to the characters. Helping to give you a feel of what Cason’s and June’s everyday life is. Opening with Cason being this badass hitman having to kill and old friend, while recounting his past and how he came to be this way. If it’s at all possible to care for a serial killer, Gail pulls it off in this opening scene. Cason personifies the playboy lifestyle with a nice car, great apartment and always the arm candy. Yet make no mistake Cason is a bad bad man.
Then you see June, this broken down housewife who’s stepchild hates her. Her husband constantly bringing her down verbally, she is just wishing and daydreaming of a different life. June is basically a doormat for whoever wants to walk all over her, dreaming of an escape. Flash forward to the end where you see “in the darkness, they touch”. Boom their lives and bodies are changed. I love the line and reveal of: And one said: “Oh, my God” and the other said, “Oh, thank God”. This really describes how this story is going to play out.
I look forward to seeing how this plays out, what will happen? How did this happen and why to them? What will they do while being forced to live each other’s lives? Who is after them and why? Bring it on Gail…bring it on.
Reviewed by Leina Sallander
Written by Gail Simone
Art by: Cat Staggs, Simon Bowland
Published by: Image Comics
Release Date: June 21st, 2017