Comics Features

REVIEW: Snake #1

Written by Fred McNamara

A short while ago, we brought you the adventures of the busty vigilante Lucita in Bang Bang Lucita #1 from Nimprod Comics – now we give you the first issue of Snake, the latest addition to Nimprod/Isle Squared’s catalogue of female outlaws who’s cleavage is as sharp as their tongues. If anything, Snake is slightly more Tarantino-esque than Bang Bang Lucita – it launches into danger at a quicker pace than Bang Bang Lucita, yet they both retain exactly the same feel, as well as the same voluptuous, scantily-clad heroines.

This first issue of Snake concerns the titular heroine returning to her bandit-run hometown, where bigwig Zeke keeps a deadly status quo via being the foreman for nearby mines. Stricken by his brutish manner, Snake decides to quite literally bring him to his knees when no-one else will, but such an act feels more like kicking a wasp’s nest than solving any wrong-doings done by Zeke.

And that readers is really all that happens in this first issue. Indeed, for all its quicker pace than Bang Bang Lucita, much less occurs in Snake’s first issue when compared to Bang Bang Lucita, but it has the potential to be a far more interesting read than Lucita.

Snake comes across as (perhaps deliberately) more intriguing character than Lucita. Lucita started off as a backroom serving wench, but soon revealed her true identity as the knife-flinging do-gooder. But there was no hint at a larger pictures, no reason given for why she masquerades as two people, and why she doesn’t just choose to be one or the other.

Snake on the other hand is a true outlaw, and one that appears to be carrying a redemption around with her, which is hinted at via page 11 with the words: “the people of Cambra won’t forget me a second time, when I get done.” The more issues Snake’s story delivers the more gripping the story will surely be.

Written and illustrated by the same team behind Bang Bang Lucita (Chuck Amadori, Alex Reis, Bobby Penafiel and Nimesh Moraji), the artwork is as shiny as it is for Lucita – almost too shiny for such a dark story. But if future issues satisfy fans with a well-played out tale of adventure and redemption, these might well be minor quibbles.

Overall, Snake is a fine addition to Nimprod/Isle Squared’s portfolio of campy action Westerns – the similarity in both Snake and Lucita raises hopes for a crossover between the pair and that’s before either one have told their own stories, both of which are sure to sizzle with future issues.

Have you read this first issue of Snake? What did you make of it?. Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

About the author

Fred McNamara