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It’s Emma Frost’s birthday and being the spoiled rich girl that she is, she doesn’t want anything cliché on her special day. She doesn’t want Paris, so Cyclops takes her to Paris casino. She doesn’t want to be with people she knows, so Cyclops surprises her with a room full of strangers. The fact is she hates it, but loves it at the same time.
The room full of strangers also happens to be a room of superheroes as well… and they’re all wearing mustaches. Wearing a handle bar mustache is Jen Walters a.k.a. the She-Hulk. In the daintier French mustache is Patsy Walker the Hellcat. The rest of the room includes Valkyrie of the Secret Avengers, Monica Rambeau from the Agents of H.A.T.E. and lastly Agent Brand from S.W.O.R.D. The one common link they all have is… absolutely nothing! In fact it’s probably one of the strangest ensembles in comics.
An evening of drinking and pool is quickly interrupted as one of S.W.O.R.D.’s storage facilities explodes and the contents of aliens and Dinosaurs spill out onto the Vegas strip. Valkyrie makes quick work of the first Dinosaur, a T-Rex that crashes through the group’s window. The group of ladies look out at the chaos to find hundreds of scientist running amuck amongst the other strange creatures. This results in Patsy doing a T.K.O. on Albert Einstein and asking where she can find Oppenheimer. There is a larger mystery a foot that the team is yet to be exposed to, in the meantime they’re having too much fun killing aliens and punching scientist.
If you are looking for a mature story that adds new depth to these characters then turn away now, because that’s not this story’s intent. This book is light and carefree with consequences that are meaningless, but that makes it a great read and a fun story. Kathryn Immonen (Patsy Walker Hellcat) does a wonderful job of writing a girls night out story for superheroes. There’s no need to capture the characters essence, she just makes them funny and outrageous. Immonen does a great job of telling a fast paced balanced story that even with the comedy removed, would be a great read.
The story and art complement each other perfectly. Tonci Zonjic’s (Marvel Divas) style is detailed yet very loose. His style is borderline cartoony, but retains enough details to be in a category of its own. The characters are very distinguishable from each other and look as fans would expect, but with less muscles. The fact that nearly none of the characters are in their costumes (with the exception of Monica) and all of them are instantly recognizable is a credit to Zonjic’s style.
Heralds surprised the hell out of me. I went in expecting nothing and what I got was a solid book full of comedy and action. Patsy grabbing She-Hulk and yelling, “Dibs on the bomb maker” made me laugh out loud and hang on every word. It’s a great little book with witty dialog and a lighthearted mystery. But what this book does best is making these characters human, rather than just fictional beings.
Story – 8.0
Plot – 7.5
Characters – 9.0
Art – 7.5
Overall – 8.0