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Kim & Kim #1

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio Artist: Eva Cabrera Publisher: Black Mask Studios Release Date: July 6, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 2
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Kim & Kim are twentysomething besties out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement. In a massive "screw you" to their parents and the authorities, they decide to hijack some high stakes bounty - and end up in way over their heads. Kim & Kim is a day-glo action adventure that's bursting with energy and enthusiasm. It puts queer women and trans women front and center, with a story that embraces the absurd alongside realistic pathos. It's a mature book that focuses on the power and meaning of female friendships as engines of validation.

  • 10
    Comicsverse - markbouchard Jul 24, 2016

    Black Mask Studios continues to impress with each new release but have outdone themselves with KIM & KIM #1, unquestionably one of the greatest series debuts I've read this year. The marriage of Visaggio's words and the art of Cabrera and Aguirre makes for a story that is entertaining, visually pleasing, and left me eager for more. The only upsetting aspect of this comic, is that we have to wait a few weeks to find out what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Broken Infinite - Frank Rodriguez Jul 6, 2016

    Kim & Kim # 1 is a fun, rocking and mystery filled ride from start to finish. While there is great action and mystery, Visaggio creates leads and other characters that feel and sound real. They are relatable and deal with the troubles of being an adult while dealing with making it on “your own.” The name drops were done in a subtle enough way that it doesn't feel like readers were getting hit over the head with Furious Quatro and El Scorcho. It creates good tension for when said characters make their eventual appearances. The world building was great and done superbly with the art of Cabrera and Aguirre. Everything looked vivid, dynamic, capturing the mood and emotion of the scene well. The art itself told its own story while enhancing the main script and narration of the book. A true gem of a first issue only to want more done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 7, 2016

    Armed with two leads that are sure to become fan favorites and a firm understanding of the kind of story it wants to tell, Kim & Kim #1 is a fantastic debut from Black Mask Studios. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jul 8, 2016

    The eponymous Kims are forces of nature who express themselves in distinct ways that still form a colorful whole, and the world around them is full of spirited characters who engage in life with a wonderful sense of creativity. If you want a story that is parts representative, fun, ass kicking, and cryptic plot threads, pick up Kim & Kim #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Jul 6, 2016

    Kim & Kim #1 is a great first issue. I want to know more about these characters and this universe as much as I want to see more of Cabrera and Aguirre's joyously colorful art. I was excited to read this book based on how fun it looked and it amply met my expectations. Definitely excited to read the next chapters of this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jul 5, 2016

    Kim and Kim #1 is the perfect comic for readers, who like their science fiction action-packed, character, and not sanctimonious. Mags Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre, and letterer Zakk Saam pack each panel with a great joke, intriguing mystery, detail about the wacky world around them, or best of all, a badass fighting move. If you like comics with multi-faceted female queer leads, immersive worlds, fun color palettes, or a mix of both, look no further than this book yet another in-your-face hit from Black Mask Studios. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jul 5, 2016

    This is an impressive first published outing from Mags Visaggio, and the entire Kim & Kim #1 team have put together a book that will be a fun ride for anyone who needs a little more adventure in their lives. A hard-hitting, unapologetically girly and foul-mouthed tale, Kim & Kim #1 is a great summer read that packs as much heart as it does punches. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jul 6, 2016

    “Kim & Kim” #1 is the definition of a must read comic book. It's beautiful to look at and will make you laugh in all the good ways. Kim Q and Kim D are two of the unique new characters in recent memory and this is poised to be one of Black Mask's banner titles in the sense that “We Can Never Go Home” is. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 7, 2016

    This new sci-fi series has earned a fair amount of buzz because one of the two leads is transgender. Luckily, it handles that fact in exactly the manner it should, which is to not make a big fuss about it. Kim and Kim treats its two heroines as fully realized characters rather than bullet points on a diversity checklist, and that's one reason why this issue succeeds. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jul 7, 2016

    Kim & Kimis a lot of fun, full of heart and an interesting plot withgreat art, and is a strongLGBTQ-positivebook which is somethingfictionalways needs more of. Andas I said: punk rock LGBTQ Cowboy Bebop. Why haven't you bought it yet? Pick it up at your LCS or digitally now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Jul 6, 2016

    Kim & Kim will reach its tentacle arm from the back seat and pull you into its grasp with some Fifth Element styled art, standout characters, and entertaining storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Jul 6, 2016

    This is the kind of book I want to support for many reasons and there is a lot here that I genuinely enjoyed. I'm definitely sticking around, but I hope the team will settle in and hit hard on the things that work best. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Mike Fugere Jr. Jul 7, 2016

    There's no denying that Kim & Kim #1 is a fun, audacious, girl power comic loaded with great story beats and frenetic artwork. I don't know if this comic will be for everybody (but hell, what comic is?), but if want to go on an adventure that's part Lumberjanes and part Fear Agent (sorry, I hate describing a comic as a cross between two previous works, but this one has strong echoes of both aforementioned titles), this will be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 9, 2016

    The art is also pretty stellar. It's all awesome characters and punk rock colors, and it really helps to sell the style and vibe that the creative team is going for. They're created a pretty neat book with a solid enough premise that I hope they find much success. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Jul 5, 2016

    Its all those little things that prevent this from being a 100% essential read – in a perfect book, Idve not even felt the urge to point them out. Here, theyre fairly noticeable, if easy to overlook, blemishes – but only because the book otherwise tells an absolutely wonderful story, that I'm excited to read more of. Sure, the LGBT community have gained two fresh new protagonists to represent them in a format of media that theyre criminally under-represented in – but the rest of us can get in on the good stuff too. Cant wait for next months issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield Jul 6, 2016

    Kim & Kim #1 is overflowing with potential and already has asserted itself as aggressively fun and full of genuine heart. Its a romp wrapped in the familiar saga that is trying to figure out exactly what our identity is even when were not sure that there is such a thing as only one identity. Bounty Hunters. Space. Rich, complex characters with rich, complex relationships. Vans. Hitting people with guitars. Like, really hard. Lets do this. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jul 11, 2016

    A real good start to what hopes to be a real good book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - j9 Jul 11, 2016

    A lot of the pull-quotes for the first issue center on the fact that the Kim & Kim is LGBTQ-positive, even describing the work itself as "queer as shit," which is great to advertise proudly " it's a huge part of what drew me into reading it. Yet I actually found the queer element to be pretty casual and organic, and I liked that. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Brandy Dykhuizen Jul 8, 2016

    Eva Cabrera's clear, clean art, doled out lovingly inshades of Manic Panic, always keeps the readerin the middle of the action. And, in spite of themselves, the ladies end up displaying some real insight in terms of themselves and the wild world around them. There's a beating heart in there, and writer Mags Visaggio is definitely its source. If you're looking for interdimensional, guitar-wielding kick-ass summer fun, look no further. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Project-Nerd - Alex Ampadu Jul 25, 2016

    Kim & Kim is a riveting space romp that feels like an amalgam of the underground bounty-hunter world of Star Wars and HBO's hipster sitcom Girls. The artwork is fun, the dialogue is humorous and the action is bright and cartoonish. Oh yeah, and the main characters just so happen to be queer. Read Full Review

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