I went into Patsy Walker: Hellcat with absolutely no idea what to expect. I loved the cover art, and I’m a big fan of minis starring little-known characters that seem to have no effect or tie-in to the greater universe. I’m not sure, exactly, why that is, but sometimes I just need a break from all the pomp and pretension of the greater universe to just get an interesting story, continuity be damned. Patsy Walker: Hellcat fits that description pretty much perfectly.
At the beginning of the book, Iron Man asks Patsy Walker, newly resurrected and registered, to help him out, drafting her into the 50 States Initiative. She hoped to land a team of old friends, beautiful people, maybe somewhere nice, like Florida. Instead, Iron Man stations her in Alaska, and then admits that she won’t actually have a ‘team’ – they can’t spare the manpower, so they’re sending her by herself. She flies to Alaska, where she meets some locals and confronts superpowered antler bears.
If any of that sounds odd, there’s a reason for that: the book is very, very odd. It’s energetic and peppy – Patsy is reminiscent of a super-powered Holly Golightly, perpetually energetic and seeing the best in her situation, prone to flights of admittedly hilarious fancy. The art, by David Lafuente, reinforces that image, and is absolutely gorgeous to boot, notably in the aforementioned flights of fantasy.
Patsy Walker: Hellcat #1 is quick and fun, but it’s mad energy sometimes makes it border on insensible. If you’re looking for something fun and a little bit off-beat, Patsy Walker: Hellcat delivers. It may not CHANGE THE FACE OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE FOREVER, but it’ll probably keep you entertained for a little while.