In Russia in December of 1916, a mysterious, hooded time traveler named Maya shows up out of the blue to assassinate Grigori Rasputin. Then, in 1944, Virginia Hall, a spy codenamed Artemis, assassinates a prominent Nazi for the Allied troops in Vichy, France. What will happen when these two women cross paths?
This comic is exceedingly short and gives us very little backstory for what’s going on, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We’re thrown right into the middle of the story without a lot of exposition to bog us down. Presumably, important details will be filled in gradually over the course of the comic’s run.
The only problem is, it’s difficult to say much about the comic at this point without giving away spoilers. In fact, the official plot synopsis says significantly more than what’s revealed in this first issue. That includes the fact that our hero, Virginia Hall, was a real World War II spy, with a long and exciting history. Hopefully, the comic will go into more of that history as it goes on, because interesting details like this emphasize why #StoriesMatter. In fact, I’m much more interested in the Allied spy aspect of this story than I am about the time travel aspect—which, if you know me at all, is really saying something.
This is a promising beginning to what could be a great comic series. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next. If you’re into either time-traveling assassins or World War II spies, then Artemis and the Assassin is a comic you’ll definitely want to pick up.
Creative Team: Stephanie Phillips (story), Meghan Hetrick, Francesca Fantini, and Lauren Affe (art), and Phil Hester (cover)
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