Darrell's Reviews > Kabuki, Vol. 4: Skin Deep

Kabuki, Vol. 4 by David W. Mack
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Dec 08, 2008

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Read in January, 2009

After dying and coming back to life for the second time, Skin Deep opens with a flash forward in which Kabuki has died yet again (or has she?). I know the whole dying and coming back to life thing is standard for comic books, but enough already.

Despite the action scenes at the beginning of this collection, most of the story is psychological. Kabuki has been captured by Control Corps, which places her in a mental institution. They play various mind games with her, attempting to get her to talk while she attempts to come to terms with her previous life. She receives notes from someone claiming to be a fellow inmate, but is it another trick?

While I was annoyed by David Mack's aren't-I-so-clever puns and pretentious philosophizing, his writing overall is fairly good and the artwork is beautiful. I felt cheated by the cliff hanger ending, but I suppose that's another standard technique for comics I should have been expecting.

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