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CALICO #1 – Taking No Prisoners (German, Orabich, Grimaldi, Garnabiel) Sigma Comics

  • Creator/Writer: H.H. German
  • Interior Artist and Letterer: Javier Orabich
  • Colorist: Daniel Grimaldi
  • Cover Artist: Garnabiel

Thanks to Sigma Comics for the review copy!

Much like the Marvel Max imprint from the early 2000s, CALICO is an adult-oriented (based on violence) comic that may prove controversial. Calico is a superhero who dishes out vengeance on people who kill animals. Like its hero, HERE COMES CALICO pulls no punches and its vivid depiction of violence earns its mature warning.

Calico looks a lot like Black Panther, but his methods are more akin to The Punisher. If the idea of a hero who has no qualms about killing bad guys makes you uneasy, you may want to avoid this book. On the other hand, if you are an animal lover, the book’s depiction of violence against them may be enough to agree with Calico’s methods. The book does a great job of laying the foundation for his targets, which at least explains his motivation. Given the first few pages I had a sense of how far Calico would go … and it turns out I underestimated him.

Art wise, CALICO is a bit of a throwback, with the character design and coloring reminding me of that 2000s Max Comics line. Speaking of throwbacks, I really enjoyed this issue’s examination of boxing (which seems to have ceded some of its cache to ultimate fighting). The book’s treatment of the sport seemed authentic and I feel like I learned something.

Publisher Sigma Comics supports the Humane Society, so they are clearly coming at this series from a place of love for animals. Some of the violence is certainly hard to take (on purpose), but it effectively makes you think about animal cruelty. If you’ve ever been enraged at violence against animals, CALICO is the book for you. This is a brutal book, but it makes its point. This issue, the first of an 8 issue series is a great way to find out if this series is for you – it introduces Calico, sets up the overarching arc, and tells a self contained story as well.  

HERE COMES CALICO is now available.

Are you going to pick up the issue? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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