Rating if the Book Were a Movie: R
Writer: Mirka Andolfo
Colors: Bryan Valenza
Letters: Fabio Amelia
Cover: Laura Braga and Andrea Meloni
Editor: Davide Morando
Publisher: Image Comics
Story: 3.1 Stars
Artwork: 3.8 Stars
Cover Artwork: 3.9 Stars
Dialogue: 3.3 Stars
Mechanics: 3.4 Stars
Editing: 3.5 Stars
About the Book:
Rita and Deb Morando are a mother and daughter who are trying to make it on their own. There are a couple of catches that make it difficult. Rita has a past that she’s trying to desperately keep a secret. Additionally, Deb has powers that make her stand out. What happens when neighbors and the landlord get too curious?
Over the past few years I’ve become a fan of Mirka Andolfo’s work. Ever since I first read Unnatural I found myself thinking that this is a writer and artist that is capable of doing both at a very high level. This was a book that was a social think piece that had relatable characters and plenty of adventure.
Un/Sacred and Sweet Paprika came along and they were filled with laughs and outstanding character development. When I stumbled across Purr Evil #1 in a comic book store on a weekend getaway I didn’t hesitate to grab it because of the creative team.
Purr Evil gives the reader a lot to process. The information is doled out in a deliberate, methodical way. The pace that comes with doing this isn’t the breakneck speed that a lot of its contemporaries have. It’s worth it when you get that lightbulb moment as everything comes together.
Getting to know Rita and Deb is similar. These ladies have secrets. It’s more intriguing (and fitting) to get little glimpses of their personalities as we move along. I’m very curious to see why Rita chose to take the path that she is on.
I am very fond of Laura Braga’s work on this cover. It reminds me of the first issue of Unnatural. We get terrific detail. Meloni’s coloring makes it jump right off of the page. The cats give us a hint of what’s to come.
The artwork on the interior pages is exactly what you’d expect from an artist that does a cover this well. We get great lines and wonderful facial expressions. I enjoyed the panels from the concert.
As a geek on a budget I would say to know yourself before picking up Purr Evil. If you want a story where everything is laid out for you in the first few pages and then it’s nonstop action, this isn’t the book for you. If you like a steady pace with lots of nuances to pick up on, you’ll be in for a treat.