Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1

Writer: Antony Johnston Artist: Shari Chankhamma Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
5.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

What if the sexy Russian Bond girl...was actually the hero?

CODENAME BABOUSHKA is an action-packed modern pulp spy thriller full of high-stakes thrills in exotic locations, with a kick-ass female hero in the style of James Bond and Modesty Blaise!

Written by ANTONY JOHNSTON (THE FUSE, The Coldest City, Daredevil) and illustrated by SHARI CHANKHAMMA (SHELTERED, The Sisters' Luck).

The enigmatic Contessa is a wealthy socialite, the last heiress to a noble Russian line-and secretly a deadly assassin! Blackmailed by the US government to carry out dirty jobs even the CIA can't sanction, she's got nothing to more

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Oct 8, 2015

    The book is an entertaining read. If you are looking for a "good girl" art, which might be the impression gained if judging by the cover alone, you will be disappointed. In its place is a more mature version of the spy girl theme, both in script and art. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Florida Geek Scene - Bryce Osceola Oct 21, 2015

    Baboushka really delivers with the espionage stealth vibes and Bond-style action, but it's character development that gets just a tad confusing. Contessa's monologue in the beginning was very dark and grim, but when she gets into a fighting sequence she spouts juvenile jabs that just come off as immature. The artwork is satisfying, with extravagant settings but a lack of popping colors. The storyline is very interesting and promises a lot of spy thrills and covert mission sequences, but readers will probably start wondering which kind of personality Contessa has and be confused if they see too many contradictory behaviors. In the end, Baboushka is a must for espionage fans! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Oct 15, 2015

    Watching her garrote a man with her wig and use an exploding earring sets the book up as a spy story that isn't afraid to laugh at itself too, especially the panels that end the scene by showing her final escape by motorized hang glider. They'd be a perfect ending to the issue, but for some reason, there's another page after that sets up a cliffhanger. With more build up, maybe the moment would be a good tease for the next issue. Instead, it feels tacked on and takes away from the impact of what came before. But it's an understandable mistake. Launching a successful comic book is hard. Johnston or Image or whoever can't really be criticized for defaulting to a pretty reliable way of making readers come back. After all, there are lots of Russian spies in comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Oct 12, 2015

    All told, "Codename Baboushka" #1 is many things, and its flexibility and layers could become an asset going forward. There's plenty of potential here to harness and I'll pick up issue #2. However, for a first issue, I'd have preferred a stronger pitch and a touch more editing down. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Oct 6, 2015

    Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death #1 has a lot going for it, but at the moment not too many pieces are coming together successfully. Chankhamma's art is the highlight of this issue, as it successfully delivers fun action, even if it sometimes looks a bit too lighthearted for the brutal action on the panels. Fans of espionage may want to give this issue a try, but most readers won't miss much passing this one up. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AiPT! - Patrick Hellen Oct 10, 2015

    Overall, it was okay. If they keep her as a badass female anti-hero who don't need no man, I can see this opening up, but it felt very standard, spycraft, intrigue stuff. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Austin Lanari Sep 23, 2015

    There might be some First Issue Blues happening here, but I can't see the wishy-wash art being a selling point for me even if things with Baboushka pick up. I love the idea of a female spy, but there's just not enough here for me to love the idea of this female spy. It's entirely possible this comic just isn't for me, but I still think this issue is a sub-optimal gateway for anybody to enjoy this series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Spectrum - Al Sparrow Nov 11, 2015

    Image has made a name for itself in recent years by putting out some amazing creator-owned works, each with their own unique potential to appeal to readers. It's my hope that Codename:Baboushka will find its audience, but that audience is not going to include me. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - neil_or_no_deal Oct 12, 2015

    A tried and tested formula that sadly offers nothing new to the genre. Lacklustre artwork doesn't help matters. Read Full Review

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