With such raw energy from its engaging protagonists, “Clown Fatale” #4 offers up one last crime spree and comes to a rip-roaring conclusion. In the noir genre, the dangerous assignment always brings in tons of excitement and unexpected twists. Sexy clowns and crime have a really funny way of working together in the last installment of “Clown Fatale.”
WRITTEN BY: Victor Gischler
ART BY: Maurizio Rosenzweig
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: Feb. 12, 2013
Four sexy clowns thought they had a chance at escaping from their boring circus routine. After being offered a deal they couldn’t refuse, the four clowns murdered a drug-dealing criminal and torched his home. The problem is, they weren’t not the hired killers and the real ones want their money back. As they tried to take their money and run, trouble followed them, trying to breaking their bond. Chloe and Aya are the last ones standing while the real killers are unstoppable in their murdering spree. Will Aya be there for Chloe when the crime boss joins in on the hunt? Or will she backstab Chloe and take the money for herself?
What I really enjoy about Victor Gischler’s writing is how the dark humor heightens the suspense. While Chloe is fighting for her dear life, Aya is somewhere else, oblivious to all the trouble that is going on. Aya is adrift in her screwy mind, being entertained by a random conversation about comic books and toys. Chloe carries so much burden as a survivor, because she has always depended on herself. And now, when there’s a knife to her face, Chloe realizes she cannot handle this deadly situation by herself.
As the body count continues and Chloe takes over the spotlight, Gischler delves more into her tough personality. Turning her into an action star, Gischler depicts Chloe fighting her way through one scenario after another. The plot moves at a quick pace as Chloe never looks back at the bloody aftermath and continues walking away. The more Chloe sheds herself of her circus life, the reader will start to wonder, what does she really win at the end?
Using extreme close-ups and crooked angles, artist Maurizio Rosenzweig aims for a cartoony extreme of exploitative violence. Rosenzweig exaggerates Chloe’s arms swinging as she knocks out one of the real killers with a moonshine jar. After Chloe sets the circus on fire, a burning woman dashes out of the tent at hyper speed, looking like something straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon. When a car tears through the burning tent, the engine knocks everyone out of its path, like they were bowling pins.
I definitely get a kick out of Rosenzweig’s pop culture references. In the opening pages, Aya is staring at a Punisher-like action figure named The Brutalizer. The figurine head resembles a younger version of Sylvester Stallone, wearing an eye patch. See if you can spot the Hellboy teddy bear in the last pages.
Since the first issue, the “Clown Fatale” series brought in tons of appeal because of its sexualized and engaging protagonists. I can’t wait to see what twisted idea Gischler and Rosenzweig come up with next.
Reviewed by – Jorge Solis