"Heavenly Blues #3" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Scout Comics
Written by Ben Kahn
Illustrated by Bruno Hidalgo
2017, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 27th, 2017
Isaiah and Erin have assembled their crew for the heist of all their lifetimes. They have to break into Heaven and steal something. Bullets are already flying and they haven't even left Hell yet. Can they survive long enough to start this heist, let alone finish it?
We've received some nice background on Isaiah and Erin in terms of how they lived and how they died. This issue of Heavenly Blues gives us a look at the junkie samurai, Hideki. His life is a stark contrast to how he's moving through the afterlife. He went from a noble warrior to a washed up drug addict. I mean, he did die, so that could have certainly played a part in this change.
I like how each chapter of this book focuses on a different character, offering a deeper understanding of them and where they're coming from. Writer Ben Kahn balances the action in the present with the events in the characters' past. It's like a flashback in Lost. This heist is a game-changing job for them, as it offers them a chance at redemption that they thought was completely out of reach. Imagine being on the brink of death in the middle of a desert and all of a sudden, you look up and find a hospital in the distance. You had already accepted your fate and suddenly, there's a glimmer of hope for survival.
While every issue of Heavenly Blues primarily takes place in Hell, we don’t see much in the way of fire and brimstone. That changes a bit here, as we're introduced to a group of demon bounty hunters, each coming from a different area's folklore. These guys are huge, like a biker gang of demons.
I could look at Bruno Hildago's fight scenes forever. This issue delivers an incredible bar fight between the bounty hunters and the thieves. It's like something out of a western, but you know, filled with supernatural creatures. Each of the thieves enters the fray in a different manner. Some are reluctant, while others leap into action headfirst. Erin is the most intriguing as she loses control, caught up in the bloodshed.
Although the action is awesome and we get some more character development, I'm still anxious for the group to get on with the heist. They haven't really done much aside from getting together. They're still in Hell so they haven't really started the robbery. It seems like there's a lot still left to get through with the main event, but if the lead-up is any indication, it's going to be spectacular.
Heavenly Blues presents supernatural thievery in Hell that's right up there with classic heist films, and who doesn't love a good heist film? If George Clooney robbed something from a demon instead of Andy Garcia, it would have been a much more entertaining movie, right?