• Lady Zorro #4

    Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: Oct. 22, 2014
    Writer: Alex de Campi
    Artist: Ray Villegas
    Cover artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
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    The final showdown between the General and his army of soldiers and Hugo and his army of Native Americans must to a bloody end, and Lady Zorro will do all she can (which is prit’near everthing) to help her new man-pal, the Spanish soldier Hugo, who is really of the Chumash tribe. She hates soldiers, but she makes an exception for this guy. Who can blame her eh? He has perfect hair.

    They key to the success of the Indians trying to save their land and their way of life is to get those cannons taken out or taken over, and Hugo’s tribesman make light work of that task. Once they have those, surely they will defeat the evil General and get their sacred Eagle Axe back from him. Or maybe the key to the battle is to steal the gold the soldiers think the General will be sharing with them once the heat with the Indians is done. Really, the key is of course Lady Zorro. Armed with her wits, her athleticism, her sword, and her bountiful bosom she does the impossible and barely breaks a sweat doing it.

    This issue is the big finale to the 4-issue series, and what a finale it is. The art is serviceable and very competent, just not all too note-worthy. Villegas can certainly draw action, convey energy, and makes Lady Zorro look sexy in her tight leather pants and exposed shoulders, but it isn’t a memorable or recognizable style. It does the job though doesn’t lend itself to making you want to explore more by the artist, at least based on his work here. Linsner’s covers are nice though, even if they don’t say “hey, pick me up off the rack”. That guy always paints a pretty picture.

    Non-stop action and plenty of violence leaves little room to breathe and Alex De Campi has yet again impressed with her ability to write any genre and do it justice. There is no better person to write a comic about a female character than a female, and Ms. De Campi’s Lady Zorro is every bit as enjoyable as Nancy S. Collins’ Vampirella or Gail Simone’s Red Sonja. There is hopefully more in the works with Alex and Esperanza, aka Lady Zorro. The era in time of which her tales take place are especially interesting, being post Civil War, pre-World War I, and there is plenty of need for her tales to be told. So get to it, missy. Where’s the next story?