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Comichaus Review: Hollow Girl #1

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"Step into the world of the vigilante, HOLLOW GIRL, in this twisted tale of supernatural revenge from Luke Cooper, the creator of A Glimpse of Hell and artist behind Wolf Country and the True Believers Comic Award winning GoodCopBadCop.

Six years ago, little Katherine Harlow killed her parents. Showing no signs of regret or remorse, she was said to be a girl without a soul: a Hollow Girl. Now, wearing an expressionless white mask, Kat kills for the dead, a willing vessel for the souls of the wrongfully killed. But how did a disturbed little girl become a brutal vigilante? And are the voices she hears really those of the dead, or symptoms of a dangerous, all consuming psychosis."


Luke Cooper's Hollow Girl tells a relentless story that centres around Katherine Harlow (Kat) and as we're introduced to her in full vigilante-form it's clear that there's no punches being pulled in this one.  The first of many flashback's helps us get our head around Kat's circumstances and it all boils down to fighting fire with fire as the scum of the earth are firmly in the Hollow Girls' sights. 

A life of support, juvenile courts & mental institutes helps her spiral further into the twisted form she guides herself into and with the introduction of religion into the mix there's a glimmer of a higher purpose for even the most brutal central character.  She ends up becoming a female Punisher possessed by vengeful souls that she ultimately helps by killing & maiming the gangsters and their "friends" that have caused her harm in her many other lives.

/media/blog/library/hollow-girl---interior.jpgThe language is as brutal as the violence on show but it feels like there's a real direction in her life perhaps more so now than at any other time.  The accomplishments are achieved and the loneliness lingers for her but it's not long before the next target is picked out and the will to do good by doing some very, very bad things seems to offer an interesting dimension to a strong lead character.

Safe to say this is a mature title but with Luke's pacing, his scene development by mixing up those panel layouts and his ability to hammer home some impressive action sequences.......the whole book has a flow to it and with that you get swept along in every scene that unfolds.  A harsh, brutal but rewarding read that makes you want to see more of Luke's work.

You can read Hollow Girl on the Comichaus App now, or find out more over on the Comichaus Marketplace

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