Nuns with guns: a genre that’s honestly lacking. Sure, the concept behind Sisters of Sorrow might be offensive to Catholics, but how cool is the cover to this book? I imagine it’ll sell copies for the cover alone, but how is the story inside?
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC) brings this all-new original tale of revenge and recovery to comics with novelist Courtney Alameda (Shutter) and breakthrough artist Hyeonjin Kim. By day, Dominique, Greta, Misha, and Sarah run a nonprofit women’s shelter. At night, they each don a nun’s habit and move through Los Angeles hunting down violent abusers who have escaped justice. Their increasingly public vigilantism has earned them the nickname Sisters of Sorrow, and has drawn the ire of L.A.’s notorious anti-crime task force.
Why does this book matter?
Co-written by Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy fans should eat this book up partly because we all know the character work will be spot on, but also because it’s a story that could very easily be a TV show. Why is that? Because that’s how Sutter’s mind thinks, and his other BOOM! Studios title Lucas Stand was just that!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Well this guy is mental.
Sutter and Courtney Alameda write a very meaningful story here about four women attempting to recoup in a house for survivors of domestic violence. Domestic violence is typically something that, unfortunately, isn’t talked about much in American culture and it’s works like this that help shed a light on a thing most keep hidden. The character work is key for a title like this, and Sutter and Alameda make these women feel very real. They’ve been battered, seen s--t, and are very much in need of some vengeance. Whether or not their choice to be proactive is right, you will understand and relate to their pain.
Hyeonjin Kim draws this issue quite well, with the violence looking very real and authentic. That helps sell the very real damage these women, and their assaulter, take. There’s also a great training montage over a 12 panel layout that helps convey how each of these characters is taking the change in their lifestyle (to kick ass!). When the action kicks into gear, Kim draws a wicked motorcycle/car chase that ends in an impressively crumpled crash. The actions that take place after this scene are calm, but in a heated, tension-filled way. You’ll feel the events unfold in a way that’s striking.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The biggest gripe I have with this issue is it doesn’t make do with what you see on the cover! This is a setup issue through and through, but a locked and loaded nun is not something you’ll see. Maybe that’s for later, but all in all this issue spends time setting up the emotional state of its characters rather than deliver balls to the wall action. A grindhouse tale this is not!
Is it good?
If you’ve ever felt powerless and wanted to do something about it, you’ll be able to relate to Sisters of Sorrow. These women take charge and convert their anger into justice. Sisters of Sorrow is a story of vengeance, retribution, and justice told in a very real and relatable way.