Family is always complicated… Your Major Spoilers review of Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim #2 awaits!
Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Eva Cabrera
Colorist: Claudio Aguirre
Letterer: Zakk Saam
Editor: Joe Corallo
Publisher: Black Mask Studios
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 19, 2018
Previously in Kim & Kim:After striking an uneasy alliance with the deadly Xue Peng, The Fighting Kims head to Furious Quatro’s Giant Orbital Death Platform for some Ocean’s 11 style hijinks! The fun doesn’t last though as Kim Q.’s secret puts them all in peril. Will Kim D. ever trust Kim Q. again?
“YOUR DAD IS FURIOUS QUATRO?”
Tasked with recovering an art piece from a nearly unbreakable vault, Kim Quatro and Kim Dantzler have teamed up with Xue Peng. Oh, and did anybody mention that the vault belongs to Kim’s father who insists on dead-naming her and refuses to acknowledge her as anything other than his “son?” Fortunately, Kim is a professional who is able to overcome her anger and contact dad, asking for his permission to go get the item and…
Naaah, I’m kidding, she totally lies and nearly gets ’em all killed. The first part of the quasi-heist goes well enough and Xue (who actually puts the plan together, since the Kims are kinda bad at all of this) makes it TO the vault, but can’t actually get in until Kim D. starts cracking all the wrong skulls. Kim Q. is immediately recognized, since it’s actually her father’s operation and she’s just herself wearing a fake handlebar mustache, and only Furious Quatro’s own curiosity (and perhaps a tiny bit of fatherly concern) gets them in and out of the vault in one piece.
Aaaand that’s when the worst happens.
THE OL’ PERFECTLY-TIMED-HEIST ROUTINE
There’s something really likeable about the Kims and their ongoing train-wreck lives, and this issue’s almost deconstruction of the ‘Ocean’s 11′ genre is entertaining and funny as heck. The way the story unfolds makes for several really lovely reveal moments (Kim DIDN’T actually discuss it with her dad, Xue has more on her agenda than it seems and Furious makes a call to the Kims’ employer to rationally discuss things) and really expressive art throughout. I love the almost animation-inspired work that Eva Cabrera delivers in these pages. There’s really fun action, sure, but a sequence where Kim and Kim just sit on the floor and talk about how much it hurt for Kim Q. to phone her dad is really effective, both visually and in script.
BOTTOM LINE: WORTH IT
All in all, with a little emotion, a little face-kicking, a lot of bad ideas and a final page with our Kims locked up in transit to the worst prison planet in the galaxy (it got weird, you guys) Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim #2 really ups the book’s ante and provides more background for our heroes, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. I really enjoy this issue, especially its focus on Kim. Q and her past, as well as her current awesomeness.