Last month, I was very excited to have found Karma Police, a fantastic, creator-owned series from ComiXology’s Comics Experience that is overflowing with stellar writing, beautiful illustrations and coloring, and a phenomenal cast of characters. Written by Chris Lewis (Drones), illustrated by Tony Gregori, colored by Jasen Smith, and lettered by Nic J. Shaw, Karma Police exists as a four-issue mini-series with a solid story arc that is equal parts humorous, action packed, and heartfelt. On the heels of the series’ trade paperback release, I eagerly finished the remaining three issues and devoured every thrilling moment!
For those who may be new to the series, the first issue of Karma Police follows Buddhist monk Jack Allen as she continues on the path set out for her by her previous incarnation, an old Tibetan monk who battled Luchador demons and other supernatural baddies who were up to no good. The discovery of a long-lost dagger owned by her former incarnation unravels a questionable past that sends Jack reeling and questioning her life’s purpose. Issues #2-4 allow the reader to follow Jack as she struggles to understand the true path of her Buddhist teachings all while confronted with evil forces that could mean the end for humanity.
While the first issue of the series carried with it a fun, lighthearted, and comedic adventure led by Jack and her friends, Issues #2-4 delved deeply into a well-crafted tale that questioned life’s meaning and purpose through the lens of an action-packed hero’s tale. Lewis’ witty banter continued to be peppered throughout the remaining issues of the series, but what truly struck me about Karma Police was its ability to tackle such thought-provoking topics with ease and grace. It’s not every comic that takes on the Eightfold Path of Buddhism within its pages and does so seamlessly as it crafts an endearing and entertaining story. As with the first issue, the artwork of Karma Police continues to impress throughout the series, as Gregori masterfully creates characters with incredibly emotive facial expressions as easily as he creates gorgeous full-page spreads of otherworldly vistas. Aided by the phenomenal coloring of Jasen Smith, the artwork truly shines in the series.
I cannot recommend Karma Police highly enough, and I would encourage all readers to give the series a chance. Digital versions of the comics are now available on ComiXology, and the team recently released the trade paperback for sale at Emerald City Comic Con. This is a series that you won’t want to miss!