Honey West #3

Honey West #3 cover

I was curious to see this new Honey West storyline since I enjoyed the previous one, and I liked the idea of the new setting. This issue kicks off a three-part storyline by Elaine Lee and Ronn Sutton about Honey’s investigations into a movie murder in 1960s California.

In “Murder on Mars”, Zu Zu Varga, B-movie queen and star of various sci-fi and jungle flicks, has died. It’s thought to be an accident, due to her an allergy to insect bites, but Honey is anonymously hired to investigate. She becomes an extra on set to figure out which of the familiar cast of characters — grasping producer, has-been director, jealous actresses, attractive-but-dim actors, money-grubbing agent — might have been involved.

The art can be a little posed, and the faces sometimes have features sliding around like they’re made out of putty, but the images are overall very atmospheric and nicely reminiscent of the era, as are Honey’s costumes. The busty lead always looks gorgeous, which is part of the appeal (although I could have done without the topless sex scene).

Much of the issue is narrated, which contributes to the timeless feel as well as being faithful to the private eye genre. This isn’t high art, but it’s an amusing diversion, especially for those who enjoy the period kitsch. The prop room scene allows for some favorite cameos, too.


4 Responses to “Honey West #3”

  1. Ed Catto Says:

    Sounds like fun- thanks for the tip, Johanna!

  2. Good Comics Out March 9 » Comics Worth Reading Says:

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  3. Grant Says:

    I flipped through it at the comic shop today. It’s kitschy and kind of cute. But the art really isn’t very good and the writing just didn’t pop enough for me. The 4 dollar sticker price sure doesn’t help either.

    But even the more high quality, lavishly executed but blandly written “First Wave” series didn’t last long on my pull list and I love those characters. Sometimes nostalgia just isn’t enough I guess.

    I think it’s hard to translate the “detective” genre to comic form. I can remember really wanting to like Marvels “Dakota North” series back in the day, but it had similar problems. I mean, I love the Rockford Files, but I don’t think it would make a very good comic book.

  4. Johanna Says:

    It’s true, mystery can be difficult — although I always enjoy a good suspense comic. And $4 is a bit more than an impulse purchase for me too. It’ll be interesting to see how this story plays out over the next two issues.




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