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REVIEW: Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #2

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REVIEW: Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #2

Book Title: Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #2

Book Description: In the first installment of “Sweet Paprika” we got to meet Paprika. She’s the CEO of one of the most powerful publishing houses in the world. She also has more self-esteem and anxiety issues than Ally McBeal.

In the first issue, we got a glimpse of how Paprika’s father caused her to have some issues with intimacy. In the second installment of “Sweet Paprika” we see just how much emotional abuse he truly dealt out.

No matter how great the professional accomplishment, it’s not enough for her father. He won’t let her stop forgetting about the romantic relationship she ended seven years ago.

Now Paprika has to negotiate the biggest deal of her career. A production company wants to make a movie based on one of the books her firm published. What should be the biggest moment in her life has Paprika seeing skeletons from her closet.

Book Author: Mirka Andolfo

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics

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Illustrator: Mirka Andolfo

  • Story
    (3.5)
  • Interior Art
    (3.3)
  • Cover Art
    (3.4)
  • Dialogue
    (3.2)
  • Mechanics
    (3.2)
  • Editing
    (3.1)
3.3

Summary

The first printing of “Sweet Paprika” #2 came out in Aug 2021. Due to a misunderstanding at my local comic book store and Diamond getting hit with ransomware I didn’t get my copy (which ended up being a second printing) until just a few weeks ago.

This issue was worth the wait. It has intensity, drama, and we get a few laughs from Dill-Do along the way. Mirka Andolfo gives us incredible character development for Paprika in this issue. The reader gets to see a much better picture of who she is.

Mirka Andolfo promotes women being comfortable with their sexuality in “Sweet Paprika”. She also demonstrates why some women have difficulty being comfortable with it in a manner that shows how things change from generation to generation.

While I preferred her artwork in “Unnatural” and “Mercy”, Mirka Andolfo’s work on the interior pages is spot on for this story. It’s very vivid when it needs to be, like at the funeral. It’s also somewhat whimsical and helps lighten the mood. We see that when Dill-Do and Daddy are competing for the attention of the same woman.

“Sweet Paprika” is clearly hitting all the right notes. The first two issues have gone back for a second printing. As a geek on a budget I can easily see why. This story does a phenomenal job of depicting the life of a professional woman in our time.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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