This month’s issue of Bullet Gal opens with a bang—literally. As one of crime boss Sol’s overzealous underlings tries to kill our titular heroine, Lee, her mentor, steps in to save her life, getting himself killed in the process. I’d normally be reluctant to give out such a major plot point like that, but it’s the focal point of the entire issue. Plus, it’s literally the first thing that happens, so it’s not exactly a spoiler.
Fortunately, as we found out last issue (or already knew, for those of us who have read Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?), there are other copies of Lee roaming the city. But, that doesn’t make the event any less traumatic for Mitzi (a.k.a. Bullet Gal), or any less of a turning point for her character.
This issue has a bit of a different tone from the ones that have come previously. It shows us just how much we’ve grown to care for and empathize with these characters over the course of the story so far. Now, things are about to change, not just for Bullet Gal, but for everyone.
The story is supplemented by a different sort of Bullet Gal adventure: “All Fur Coat, No Knickers,” which previously appeared in Andrez Bergen’s other comic, Tales to Admonish. It’s a rather lighter, even slightly silly adventure, with art by Matt Kyme. I talked about this story in my review of Bullet Gal #1, to illustrate just how different it is compared to the dark and gritty tale that Bergen is weaving with the character now. After the death and sadness of Issue #4, though, this additional adventure is a good way to lighten the mood.
Bullet Gal #4 may be my favorite of the series so far. It’s interesting to see the grieving process of the 7 Lee’s for one of their own and get a glimpse into what he meant to the group. It’s also very powerful to see Mitzi’s grieving process. She was always a bit distrustful of this helpful stranger who tried to mold her into a superhero, and it’s only now, after it’s too late, that she realizes how much she really cares for him. But, everything has to move forward. The story is really beginning to take shape, and I can’t wait to see how things evolve in Issue #5.
Bullet Gal #4 will be available from If Commix? in both digital and print editions, beginning in October.