B.A.R. MAID #1 Review

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Is this non-Grimm Fairy Tales adventure really something that needs to be bought right now? Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

In 1932, the Japanese invaded Chinese Manchuria, creating a puppet state for the Japanese Imperial Army. While a Chinese army was established in alliance with the invaders, there were rebel forces living among them as well. This is their story.

B.A.R. Maid 1_CWhat we have feels like a somewhat simple and perhaps original premise, that never comes off as a missed opportunity. The creative team presents an interesting look into the past that’s full of action, suspense and some of the less glamorous elements in a slightly overbearing affair. There’s a lot to love within the confines of these pages, but there are some hiccups along the way but not enough to curtail my enthusiasm for this burgeoning title

When it comes to the written word there are a lot of people who can contribute to a narrative that’s so specific. I’ll be honest when I heard of this book I wasn’t sure that Pat Shand would be the right choice to carry this load. I’ll admit that I am a fan of his works but this seemed to be a bit of a departure from his usual yarns. I’m proud to say my worries were unfounded as the scribe once again delivered an outstanding pilot release that sets the stage for an exciting journey.

Jacob Bear delivers solid work when it comes to the visual component of this jaunt. His characters are rendered well enough to create personality, but some of their outfits are questionable at best. As this is a somewhat grounded tale the female soldiers seem to be a bit too scantily clad for their militaristic missions. Kudos to Jose Esposito, because his marvelous color work elevates the affair into an eye-popping purchase.

B.A.R. Maid #1 may not raise the bar for period pieces or even go beyond the somewhat extenuated features of our heroines, but it carries an impact nonetheless. In short: it’s sure to garner attention while generating promise for its future. Recommended.



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