Illustrated by Claudia Balboni, Harry Saxon, and Lucas Gottoni
Alex and Max are Reformed Assassins for Hire who scuttled away from their employer after a job included killing children. Now, they take odd jobs doing dangerous things so they can get paid and eat tacos. They take a highly dangerous job from one of Alex’ old flames to sneak into a fascist country on the planet Antigone and rescue two kids who have been taken as political prisoners. But Bieti, their former employer and a very fluffy monkey, demands his ship back. He follows the two towards Antigone and causes them to crash land, giving up any sort of element of surprise they might have had. Now, they have to escape a high-security prison and break into an even higher-security prison to get the job done. That is, if Max can stop hitting on everything long enough to formulate an escape plan.
This is a fun adventure story with a fairly loose plot that focuses more on the innuendos and jokes than anything else. Max is extremely flirtatious towards any male - human or not - which sometimes works to his advantage, but not often. The illustrations are so colorful and invoke feelings of watching The Jetsons that sent me back to my childhood. This is a fast read with sparse details on all characters, but somehow not having a deep-dive on any character doesn't leave you confused, but rather wanting more from what is undoubtedly a colorful cast of folks. Readers shouldn't go into this comic to find something serious and deep - it's mostly just the silly escapades of two skilled people, in a universe where almost no one is straight.
Lots of sexual jokes and situations makes this a title better suited for older high school readers.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: April 20, 2022
ISBN: 9781506722153 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Comicbooks, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, LGBTQ+, Humor
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