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‘Bullet Gal #9:’ Advance Comic Book Review

There’s not much to say about the latest issue of Bullet Gal. Or rather, there’s not much to say IN the latest issue of Bullet Gal. Titled “The Grounds of Silence,” it’s entirely without words. No narration, no dialogue—only pictures.

We begin with an introduction to Major Patriot, the big hero of Heropa, leader of the Crime Crusaders and all-around cool guy. Of course, we know him better as Lee, the man who’s taken our heroine under his wing, and his numerous doppelgangers, who have other ideas in mind.

Meanwhile, Mitzi, a.k.a. Bullet Gal, is still recovering from the mob’s failed attempt to assassinate her a few issues ago. When last we checked, the prognosis didn’t look good, but then something happened at the end of the last issue, and now she seems to be getting better.

Throughout the series, Bergen has experimented with different storytelling techniques. There was an issue from the point of view of Brigit, our femme fatale. There was an issue all about the origins of Lee—not his history in Heropa, but the story of how and why he came to create the virtual world in the first place. Now, we have an issue entirely of silence.

The lack of any dialogue or narration in this issue is an interesting device. It’s a bit jarring at first, but you get used to it. The silence puts the focus entirely on Andrez Bergen’s signature black-and-white, photo-manipulated art style.

We’re getting down to the wire, here. Only three more issues left until the end. I, for one, will be sad to see it go. Not only is it a great story, it’s fun, interesting, and, above all, unique. This issue is proof of that. Do yourself a favor and check out Bullet Gal to experience it for yourself.

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor



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