Punk Mambo #1

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Adam Gorham Publisher: Valiant Comics Release Date: April 24, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 3
8.1Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to the Bayou. Now, she's a mystical mercenary for hire.
In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.
From writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and artist Adam Gorham (X-Force) comes this hilariously horrifying tale.
New characters, new places, same Punk attitude!
Great for fans of Dead at 17 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Apr 24, 2019

    The excitement that I felt for this new series has been reinforced by an excellent debut issue by a very talented group of people. After a captivating first issue, I'm thrilled for more of what this new series has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Nathan Simmons Feb 28, 2019

    'Punk Mambo' is off to an exhilarating, stylish start. Highly recommended for fans of the character and the uninitiated alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 29, 2019

    With strong art and a fast-paced and action-packed story, this comic manages a good mix of superhero battles and horror. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Feb 23, 2019

    To borrow from the character's name, like any great punk song the comic grabs you by the scruff of your neck and screams at you. It takes you on a journey through viscous cannibals, spirits and possession within the first third of the comic. It's fast, it's dirty and it's fucking awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Brazen Bull - Dave Robbins Mar 5, 2019

    If a punk voodoo priestess from London isn't enough to attract attention, then maybe we're all getting too jaded. Punk Mambo is definitely something that is not seen every day, and fortunately this solo debut packs enough quips into a solid story that is worth checking out and coming back for. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Kenneth Bowden Apr 19, 2019

    Bunn perfectly balances the more "out there" elements of her character with the reality that she's decades older than she appears and as such is a skilled veteran not to be taken lightly by man or monster. Any doubts you have about whether this book is something substantial or just one long meme about a chick with a pink mohawk that loves the Doors will be dashed by the conclusion of this debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Feb 25, 2019

    PUNK MAMBO #1 will slam dance its way onto your read list and put its unique brand of magic and mayhem at the top of your comic pile. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Apr 23, 2019

    PUNK MAMBO #1 has a "Constantine-meets-Tank-Girl" vibe, blending supernatural detective elements with black humor and a punk sneer. It's a great start to the new series, providing an entertaining story and alluring artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Apr 29, 2019

    Punk Mambo #1 leads to an impressive and interesting cliffhanger ending that sets up the overall premise for the series. Writer Cullen Bunn pulls at the character's link with the supernatural, shaking it to its core. It also helps to redefine her a bit. She's not just a stubborn punk. There's a lot more going on here that we'll get to explore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Gwen Dylan Stacy Mar 14, 2019

    This clearly doesn't please Laveau, who seems to abandon Mambo in her time of need to leave her to her own devices; something which she might soon regret. I've got to say it again, Cullen Bunn is putting out some really really great content and the art coupled with his story in this limited 4 out of 5 star issue is enough to really make people who might not be super familiar with Punk Mambo truly fall in love with her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopCultHQ - Adrian Care Apr 19, 2019

    A Mash-up of cultures that balances the punk aesthetics with voodoo mysticism surprisingly well. It's refreshing to read a first issue that hits the ground running so well. It's captivating action up front followed by good story on the comedown. This is supremely effective and feels more unique than expected. A great, cool looking, entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - Lonnie Apr 25, 2019

    This comic is plainly a female John Constantine. Chain smoking, British, and deep into voodoo. And that might be my only complaint. Set in the American south, I haven't seen much originality, yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Ligeti Apr 25, 2019

    Like a Voodoo curse, the supernatural mystery and punk rock charm of Punk Mambo sets its hooks in you. But, like, in a way you probably wont die from. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 23, 2019

    While Bunn does effective work in getting in the prerequisite superhero fisticuffs out of the way quickly, for a new first issue, one can't help but feel a bit of a missed opportunity to really introduce new readers to Punk Mambo as a character and as a concept " and to be honest, without the easy comparison to John Constantine, I'm not sure how many newcomers would be able to glean much of any context to this debut adventure. But credit where it's due " Gorham and Villarrubia really elevate this issue with a stylishness that befits this iconoclastic antiheroine. It's unclear if Punk Mambo will stick the landing in future installments, but the artwork is strong enough to justify a second look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Mar 21, 2019

    It's telling that Victoria exacts no cash for services rendered this issue. Instead, she settles for being owed a future favor. Her earlier situation, one requiring an outside assist to prevail, has left an impression. PM's choice belies the serious confrontations she anticipates. The loner Lizard Queen may not want anyone's help, but she may not survive without it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Apr 26, 2019

    If this turns into a woman's thoughtful exploration of the culture she's wholesale borrowing and her relationship to the powers she takes from it, it could be a compelling book, but this week's debut is teetering on a fine line between that and a dismissiveness that will make future issues hard to swallow. Read Full Review

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