The Deadliest Bouquet #1 – Review
Deadliest Bouquet #1 is a murder-mystery thriller about three sisters who try to solve their mother’s murder. It is written and lettered by Erica Schultz, with interior art by Carola Barelli with colors by Gab Contreras. Covers are by Kevin Wada, with editing by James Emmett. Readers who enjoyed comics like An Unkindness of Ravens will like this book.
Three somewhat estranged sisters must solve the murder of their mother, Jasmine. Poppy and Violet return home after time away to help Rose figure out what has happened. Their mother trained each of them in the art of espionage and assassination, so the now grown young women are all well equipped to find out who has taken their mother’s life. As family secrets come to light, none of the sisters are safe from these revelations.
Deadliest Bouquet #1 is published by Vice Press, and a Kickstarter Campaign for the miniseries (issues #1-5) begins May 11th, 2021.
Deadliest Bouquet #1 – Story
Issue one drops us right into the action. The matriarch of the Hawthorn family, Jasmine, has been murdered. Rose, her eldest daughter, immediately calls her sisters to try and get their help. Though her sisters are somewhat distant, they are more than willing to band together to try and solve their mother’s murder.
Immediately we realize the girls had a less than typical upbringing. Even as Rose tells her sister Poppy about discovering her mother’s body, Poppy comments on how she’s not burying another body in the backyard, and we see a flashback of the three sisters with their mother and shovels.
We get glimpses of the sisters’ upbringing many times throughout the story. It is quickly apparent they were trained for something, and that they can each be brutal in their way when they want to. Each of the sisters are very distinct in terms of characterization. Poppy is maternal, while Rose seems very dedicated and loyal to her family, while Violet is a bit volatile.
From one of the flashbacks, we get a distinct feeling that their mother may have killed their father, and that could be the body buried in the backyard.
Deadliest Bouquet #1 – Art
The art in this issue has a very contemporary vibe to it, and much like the flowery names of the main characters, there are pops of bright and intense colors that draw the eye. I specifically liked the use of floral/shield symbols to denote who was narrating a particular section. It was an easy visual cue for the audience without taking up too much of the page. Barelli’s art is very crisp and clean, and the coloring work done by Contreras compliments it.
I also got to see a preview of the character designs, and each sister has her symbol in those as well, Violet with knives, Poppy with brass knuckles, and finally Rose with guns. Erica previewed some stickers based on these images on her Twitter, and they look fantastic.
The cover art for the first issue is on point. Kevin Wada gives us a look into how each of the sisters feels with their expressions, ranging from hesitant to ready for the fight ahead.
Deadliest Bouquet #1 Conclusion
The first issue does a great job establishing the mystery the sisters are setting out to solve and has me on my toes to support their upcoming Kickstarter campaign. This story does an excellent job of setting the stage for the mystery immediately. This comic is crafted with deep, well-established characterization.
I can’t wait to read the rest of the story once the miniseries is released!
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