• Lady Zorro #2

    Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
    Released on: Aug. 13, 2014
    Writer: Alex de Campi
    Artist: Ray Villegas
    Cover artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
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    Click here for the previous issue’s review.

    After the showdown with the wife of the General, Esperanza dons her Lady Zorro the mask and super-tight outfit and goes back for the German mercenary to exact her revenge for his killing her family years ago. In a moment of weakness, Esperanza decides killing his love is payment enough for his killing hers, and lets him live. This of course just means he’s going to kill her for killing his wife Barbara with the Eagle Axe. With the axe on its way with Hugo back to the Chumash tribe, she just had that one loose end to tie up.

    Hugo never made it to the tribe with the Eagle Axe, and the General looks to speak with him calmly and rationally about his intentions and wants to know who is employing the man. The General is a reasonable guy, so only whips Hugo a few times before hanging him. Looks like Hugo is about to meet his maker, unless Lady Zorro has something to say about it. And she does. But is she too late? Does she make the better decision this time and kill the General? Who’s got the axe now? And how come Hugo’s isn’t looking so bad after being whipped and hanged? Does he have super healing powers as well as perfect hair?

    Part two of the new series from Alex de Campi and Ray Villegas is no less entertaining than the first installment. In fact its far more action packed, and although there isn’t nearly as much exposition in this issue, it does have a little “well, well…” moment at the end. And we get a lot more of the costumed fighter too. Lady Zorro only wore her mask in one single panel last time around and this time she never takes it off. And we get the first sign of her calling card too, which is the same as the man she stole her shtick from.

    The decisions she makes regarding the general may leave a question or two in the reader’s mind like “what hasn’t she killed him already?”, but one has to trust the writer’s choices. De Campi is pretty fearless when it comes to what she’ll put down on paper, so the general’s demise will no doubt be interesting. Villegas’ artwork is full of plenty of detail, but it’s pretty standard stuff. His style doesn’t stand out, but it surely comes with skill and he certainly knows how to draw a shapely heroine and exciting action. This is a good book so far and if it keeps to the path it’s on, this could turn out to be a great period auctioneer.