This issue opens big, with Trista shot and bleeding to death. Then, we go back and see what twist of fate led us here. Come to think of it, I think there was an issue of Andrez Bergen’s previous series, Bullet Gal, that unfolded the same way. It’s a great attention-getter, that’s for sure.
After the initial grabber, we see Trista arguing with her Aunt Marcella, head of the Cornwall crime family, the day before. Trista is the only person who can plainly speak her mind to Marcella and tell her when she’s doing something stupid—which she definitely has, having ordered a hit that will have some major backlash, and most likely result in a lot of lost lives. Then, later, we see Trista making a stupid decision of her own, against the urging of her friend and advisor, Governal, proving that some things run in the family.
The more I read of this comic, the more I think that I really should read the original story on which it’s based, Tristan and Iseult. Not that you need to know the original to be able to follow along or appreciate the comic, but there are so many parallels in terms of characters and events, and I’m sure I’m missing out on many of them.
Still, it’s a fun read and an engaging story, whether you’ve read the original or not. If you’re a fan of mob/gangster stories, gritty noir, and ’70s throwbacks, you’ll enjoy Trista & Holt.