Kim & Kim: Love Is A Battlefield #1 Review

Last year, Kim & Kim was probably my favorite new series, and maybe my favorite series for the year. The dynamic between the lead characters was engrossing and after the fourth issue, I was left wishing I could get more of this fantastic comic. If you felt like me, then you’re just as excited that there’s a new Kim & Kim series coming out. Love Is A Battlefield promises all of the things that made the debut series so good, and letting us experience the lives of these bounty hunters a little more.

KIM & KIM: Love Is A Battlefield #1

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Art by: Eva Cabrera
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Edited by: Katy Rex
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
Cover by: Tess Fowler
Cover colored by: Matt Wilson

In Stores: July 5, 2017

Synopsis:
The Fighting Kims finally get the bounty of their lives and Kim D reconnects with an ex-girlfriend, so of course everything immediately goes catastrophically wrong. This high-flying, rad af tale of exes and woes is the first in a four-part follow-up to 2016’s summer favorite. Awesome.

Review:

I’m not kidding when I say that I loved the first series. The relationship between Kim & Kim was something different in comics in that it felt real, with us seeing a partnership without any of the tropes we expect in modern popular culture.The fact that these two characters are queer practically doesn’t come up at all except that it revolves around Kim D’s ex-girlfriend. The Kims’ response to the sudden reappearance is understandable. I’m sympathetic, but like I would with any friend, I found myself asking why she didn’t think something was up the second time the ex showed up.

 

That might be what most impresses me about this particular story. Both Kims have flaws, and while Kim D spends most of the issue acting as if she’s the more mature and rational member of the pair, ultimately, it’s her poor judgement that puts them in yet another predicament. It’s obvious to us the reader, as real life situations like this, people outside of it can see it coming a mile away, but those involved are oblivious to it.

There’s also a text piece in the back of the book by Elle Collins about Queer representation in comics and how much it differs from reality. It’s a very good exploration of the problem created when straight creators try to write queer characters. It’s a common theme that goes back to the 1950s and 1960s with male writers writing female characters, and in the 1970s with white writers trying to write black characters. Writers tend to write from their own experiences and without actual experience within a community, representation of that community is skewed. When you read this issue, this text piece is a must.

Rating: 9.0 (out of 10)