Punk Mambo #3, Valiant

An engaging character-driven installment, Punk Mambo #3 (Valiant Entertainment) delivers a sharp and witty focus on its hard-rocking anti-heroine. Equal parts in horror, music, and comedy, the Punk Mambo series continues to be a really exciting read from start to finish.

Punk Mambo wants revenge. Best of luck to anyone standing in her way.

5) What Happened Before!

Meet Punk Mambo, a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to Louisiana’s Bayou Country. She’s a mystical mercenary for hire. Punk Mambo was investigating a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, when she uncovered a bigger mystery in Haiti. 

4) The Writing!

Adding much more dimension to her punkish personality, writer Cullen Bunn demonstrates how flawed Punk Mambo really is when she continues on her solo mission. This is Punk Mambo trying to be emotionally defiant, refusing to make connections with other people. Dave Sharpe’s lettering does a fantastic job capturing the arguing points between Punk Mambo and Josef. 

3) The Art!

Artist Adam Gorham delivers mystery and suspense as Punk Mambo enters a magic sweatshop. Gorham illustrates Punk Mambo with such anger and frustration, because the horrible moment is hitting her hard. By her intense facial expression, you can tell she’s revisiting bad memories.  

2) The Colors!

My favorite part of José Villarrubia’s color palette occurs when Punk Mambo investigates the magic sweatshop. From top to bottom, Punk Mambo is made up of gray and white tones, as if she’s an unseen ghost. It’s visually telling readers that she’s using her powers, without having the character say so.  

1) A Punky Read!

Full of action and character development, Punk Mambo #3 steers the lead protagonist into a shocking twist! I can’t wait to read what happens next!

Punk Mambo #3 hits stores June 26th, 2019. 

By Jorge Solis

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