B.A.R. Maid #3 Review

Should fans muster up some enthusiasm when they pick up this penultimate issue? Read on to find out.

The official description from Zenescope:

After being betrayed and trapped by Japanese forces, all looks lost for Cassidy and her band of freedom fighters. But a sacrifice by one of the team members leads to a daring escape. Safe from the Japanese for the time being, Cassidy is devastated by the loss of one of the most important people in her life. Can she go on fighting an enemy bent on world domination, or will this latest loss make her give up for good? Little does she know, her decision will alter history.

B.A.R. Maid 3_Variant CoverIt’s an emotional entry that sees a main character fall. But thankfully the creative team has bigger plans in mind as this interesting narrative moves forward. The dynamics at play are compelling, and as the Nazis enter the fray I can say that I’m excited to see how this one wraps up.

Pat Shand pens the script and the seasoned scribe offers a literary adventure that’s fast moving and even quite compelling. There is an overabundance of corny turns within the plot, and they honestly feel rather predictable but on some level necessary. Despite that fact we do get time to let everything digest as one powerful sequences gives way to what should be an over the top but engrossing final chapter. So in short: find a comfy spot, enjoy this release and get ready for next month.

The art by Jacob Bear for me is a passable portion within this yarn. The illustrator does a fine job meeting the requirements of the tale but I did find some of the panels to be rushed as awkward poses left me underwhelmed. Even so the bulk of the visual display offers a competent language for the series to communicate with, while slowly crafting something that’s worthwhile in its own right.

B.A.R. Maid #3 is a romp that carries on as the cogs of war continue to turn. If you’re looking for a Zenescope rendition of history than you’ve found it. Recommended.

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