Punk Mambo #0

Punk Mambo #0

Writer: Peter Milligan Artist: Robert Gill Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: November 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 3
7.3Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

Oi! Comics icon Peter Milligan (Hellblazer) and upstart artist Robert Gill (Armor Hunters: Harbinger) are about to introduce a different kind of magic into the back alleys of the Valiant Universe...
From a posh girls' boarding school, to the slimy gutter of the London punk scene, to sniffi ng voodoo glue in a Louisiana swamp...how did the Punk Mambo haul herself from the upper crust to the backwater? Now, Punk Mambo is about to head back home to spread some much-needed anarchy in the UK! The punks and the voodoo priests she used to know have cleaned themselves up, and she's a loud, belching ghost from their past, come to break in the new more

  • 9.3
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Nov 25, 2014

    All in all this is not a light and breezy comic, but it's a good solid read and if you like interesting characters then Punk Mambo is definitely your lady. Can't say if she's ready to carry her own series but I'd definitely look into it if she did and in the meantime I'd settle for seeing more of her now and again in Valiants other titles. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 19, 2014

    Long story short (too late?), I really enjoyed this issue. Milligan hasn't lost a step, the main character's voice is compelling and charismatic, and the visual aspects of the character are a hoot, throwing back to long ago days of Sid and Nancy and moshing seas of leather with studs. Punk Mambo #0 is a VERY strong debut, both in terms of story and of art, and it's one that I hope kicks off an ongoing series that maintains this level of quality and story. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Logan Dalton Nov 20, 2014

    Part critique of punk culture, part coming of age story, and filled with bloody revenge, Punk Mambo #0 ties together these disparate elements with help from a well-developed protagonist, simultaneously creepy and clean art from Robert Gill, and a sneaky sense of humor. Peter Milligan doesn't pass judgment on Victoria and lets the readers decide if she's worthy to be emulated, pitied, or even laughed at. Punk Mambo #0 is a worthy, occasionally scary introduction to a compelling character and a homage/satire to a still influential musical movement. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Nov 19, 2014

    Punk Mambo #0 was an entertaining origin story and has piqued my interested in the character beyond the events contained in the pages of this issue. From the moment she was introduced to the final panel, there was great character development that fit perfectly in the message of things coming full circle for her, and the understanding she gained. And the artwork by Robert Gill just made everything more fascinating and appropriately creepy considering the subject matter. I know this isn't the last we will see of Punk Mambo but hopefully this is the start of being able to see her more frequently. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Nov 18, 2014

    The forks in Punk Mambo's road lead her down an unusual path, one that convenes with Sid Vicious and is unnaturally long. This path also leads us to a notable new character and a tenacious comic worth the real-estate in your longbox. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Nov 18, 2014

    This was an excellent example of how to use the idea of a zero issue to introduce a character to readers. Specifically when you are dealing with a shared universe like Valiant has, it's imperative to bring fresh ideas. Punk Mambo feels like an terrific addition into the Valiant Universe and will be a great character for readers to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Nov 19, 2014

    This is a fun deeper look into the origins of Punk Mambo. Sure she's not the most original character in the world but the issue is a good read and there's plenty of twisted revenge to keep you entertained. If you read Shadowman then this is just a bit more in depth into one of the series characters. If you aren't as familiar (like me) then this is just a reminder the Peter Milligan still has boatloads of talent and he's keeping plenty busy these days. I'm recommending this one for hardcore and casual readers! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Nov 19, 2014

    In the end I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book and it is a balanced story of a very complex and odd character. In Shadowman she was a mystery but in her own book we finally see that she's still a mystery but with plenty of punch and reasoning she should be both feared and respected. Punk Mambo is one tough cookie and Milligan makes her a character worth getting to know. It's both a great piece of comic book storytelling and engaging character development. Don't pass on Punk Mambo #0, it's as good an origin as you find in the dark corners of the Valiant universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Dec 1, 2014

    Punk Mambo #0 is a solid story and a beautiful work of art, as well as something fresh and new to current Valiant readers. It flushes out a whole new part of the world, pretty much left untouched until now, in the Valiant Universe 2.0. Unfortunately, for long termed Peter Milligan readers, it feels like a tale twice (or more) told, is nothing new, and fails to move Milligan's legacy along. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Nov 17, 2014

    On the whole the reading experience is a bizarre one, and the bizarreness is from more than just the influence of the punk. The protagonist is a weird character to want to root for, and in fact comes off as almost villainous herself at a lot of times. In terms of comics, this character would fit firmly into the role of anti-hero, but in terms of punk, she does not really reflect well on the sub-culture very well at all. This one-shot is maybe worth it for someone that is interested in the novelty of trying something different, or perhaps someone that is interested in the new addition for the Valiant universe, but mostly this issue doesn't live up to its potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Nick Philpott Nov 19, 2014

    If this book is supposed to draw me into an ongoing series, it didn't quite hit its mark. If it's just a side character from someone else's book that we get a glimpse into their lives for 22 pages, it was pretty good. Very middle of the road. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Nov 26, 2014

    This was my first exposure to Punk Mambo. I'm intrigued about the character, but I don't see her as a tortured soul or some sort of villain. She got dealt a bad hand by some creeps and now she's making the best of it in the bayou as an unusual voodoo priestess. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Adam Cadmon Nov 16, 2014

    If you're in the mood for a good story, go ahead and give this book a shot. If you don't like it, well it's pretty obvious that you aren't punk. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Nov 21, 2014

    Punk Mambo was a nice surprise when she first appeared in the pages of "Shadowman" because, as Milligan intended, she wasn't a stereotypical mambo. "Punk Mambo" #0 has smooth storytelling mechanics and superficially fulfills the function of an origin story, but it actually adds almost nothing her characterization. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Kierra Prince Nov 20, 2014

    Robert Gill's artwork is definitely the high point here. The characters are detailed and varied. The voodoo aspects are drawn in conjunction to the rest of panel and blend in seamlessly. In all honesty, Gill's art is probably the onlygood thing about the story being so stereotyped because he gets to go wild with the punk motifs and it's very visually appealing in that aspect. The dingy clubs, the studded jackets, and the liberty spikes are all present throughout and are all wonderfully drawn. Read Full Review

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