bounty-2

By Brandy Dykhuizen. Sisters Nina and Georgie have a great thing going – sure, they may be the most hunted criminals in the galaxy, but that’s all in the name of equality. Stealing from massive, evil corporations and giving that money back to the poor (while keeping a little for themselves, of course) may make a lovely futuristic Robin Hood story, but it still puts them at the top of every bounty hunter’s list.

When their plan for raking in the dough hits a speed bump, a job goes awry and they are forced to erase their entire existence, start from scratch and resign themselves to bounty hunter status. In a topsy-turvy universe, the mighty have fallen hard, but at least they don’t seem the type to stay down long without a good fight.

And those fights are where the sisters shine. From their caustic attitudes mocking their captor’s interrogation tactics (“Oh god! I can’t take it, I surrender!”) to trading flippant one-liners (“Welcome to non-existence.” “See you soon!”), you get the impression that fighting the good fight doesn’t really take too much out of them. Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee also give the ladies the upper hand against a male-dominated field, inserting a little Connery-era Bond humor in there when Nina grabs a goon to shield her from incoming bullets. While Bond executed this trick using the torso of a turncoat tart, in The Bounty it’s the beefy man that’s to be used and thrown aside.

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The sisters and their team aren’t quite finished making mistakes. Secrets are alluded to, and everyone leans a little heavily towards acting first then thinking things through — provided they find the time — later. Their dire financial straits may also be informed by a willingness to buy a bottle of wine over jet boot fuel. However scattered and rag-tag their thoughts may be, they all make a priority of working together to see things through. That’s all the incentive I need to see how their next high-stakes and hugely dangerous mission turns out.

Dark Horse Comics/$3.99

Written by Kurtis Wiebe.

Illustrated by Mindy Lee.

Colors by Leonardo Oler.

Letters by Nate Piekos.

7.5 out of 10

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